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Duplicate sextoy. (edition of 8 + 1 artist's proof) Artwork

Hugo Arcier


Mixed Media, Digital on Paper

Size: 23.6 W x 23.6 H x 0.1 D in

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I am fascinated by 3D computer graphics. In each of my series, I try to explore the essence and specificities of this technique of image creation. In this specific series, my research focuses on duplication. It is a function that can be more generally associated to the digital world. An object, once created (modeled) in 3D, can be infinitely duplicated. The concept of the original is no longer relevant. More precisely, I would say that the original no longer exists, as each instance is absolutely identical. The object loses its ability to fascinate. It is taken out of context and becomes a mere shell. It is now only an atom, only the whole matters. The objects are made of a uniform material that appears to blend into the underlying expanse. By a strange mitosis phenomenon, the objects proliferate infinitely, at the expense of all that is natural and human. This proliferation levels and sterilizes everything in its way. Each image is built from the same 3D scene, except that one object simply replaces another. The same framing, the same lighting, the same number of objects, the same arrangement, the same material that is purposely not that of the real object. Each object is chosen for reasons that are foremost esthetic. The objects must visually lend themselves to duplication – in terms of shape and proportion. The choice of the orientation of the objects is also crucial to the final result. Several criteria are relevant and are linked to the object itself (lighting, visible part of the object, etc) and to the entirety of the image (use of space, production of lines, etc.). Beyond thinking about the media itself, the series implicitly conjures up industrialization, the mass production of objects. Warhol first confronted and then wedded artwork (until then unique) to mass production. It is not the subject that interests me in this series. To me, duplication always relates to a political and cultural realm, to the standardization of our society and of how it thinks.

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Mixed Media:Digital on Paper

Artist Produced Limited Edition of:1

Size:23.6 W x 23.6 H x 0.1 D in

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Hugo Arcier is a French digital artist (actually he is an artist of "the digital age") who uses 3D computer graphics in various ways: videos, prints and sculptures. Trained in 3D graphic arts at the Supinfocom School, he received his diploma in digital filmmaking in 2001. Devoted to special effects for feature films, he has worked on numerous projects with prestigious directors such as Roman Polanski, Alain Resnais, Jean-Pierre Jeunet or François Ozon. This profession has allowed him to gain a deep understanding of digital tools - in particular 3D graphic images - which isessential for the birth of his projects. He regularly does commissioned works that uses computer graphics, like in 2012 the album cover "Cruel Summer" for Kanye West. Along with commercial work, he develops plastic and reflective works that meticulously dissect the specificities of this new medium, 3D. He develops increasingly ambitious projects, initially only films and now other forms like prints and sculptures, such as the series, Dogma, Boolean Nature or Fiction 1 and 2. Also addressing design through 3D printing, he is the creator of innovative objects (generative design from connected applications, hacking industrial furniture....) He is completely devoted to his artistic pursuits and his works have been featured in numerous festivals (Videoformes, Némo, Darklight, Bitfilms, etc.), galleries (Magda Danysz, Artcore, ADN, Celal, etc.), art venues (New Museum NY, Le Cube, Okayama Art Center, Plateforme, etc.) and contemporary art fairs (Slick, Show off) around the world, making him a recognizable figure in the world of digital art.

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