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Olivier Leroi creates poetic objects and whimsical tales to play with the meanings and the visual translations of words. Beyond their obvious aesthetic qualities, his pieces exists to show us ‘what’ and most of all ‘how’ he has seen. His gaze makes us doubt of our way of interpreting the word and by extension the world.
Leroi’s work perpetrates the long tradition of the visual pun, the play on words and the slippage instigated by Marcel Duchamp and Robert Filiou. Leroi uses simple elements taken from the natural or everyday world from which he combines in elaborate narratives. His artworks materialise a mindset which shifts rather than subvert our relations to the world and enable us to look at it afresh. Underneath the immediate reading they reveal to us, his pieces remain truly enigmatic.