Jean Luc Cornec

Born 1955 in Lannilis, France. Lives and works in Heidel­berg, Germany

"TribuT" / Jean-Luc Cornec

TribuT

Metal, mesh wire, used telephones, telephone receivers and telephone cables

My working process consist of a playful combination of elements, objects, words and letters… a play on with concepts and perception. At the first view the grey telephones – today out of use – don’t have anything to do with the head of a sheep. I cannot say when and how the association came up to me – it only works in the combination of the telephone with the cables as wool, the earphones as feet and the individualistic expressions of the different

My working process consist of a playful combination of elements, objects, words and letters… a play with concepts and perception. At first sight the grey telephones – today out of use – don’t have anything to do with the head of a sheep. I cannot say when and how the association came up to me – it only works in the combination of the telephone with the cables as wool, the earphones as feet and the individualistic expressions of the different sheep. Even if I was afraid of a too humorous aspect of my first idea I continued shaping it and in the end I was surprised when during the artistic process new options raised: I had for example never thought that the ringing of the phones reminded of the “baa” of the sheep.

The idea was in the beginning formal-aesthetic – but open for different entries, other approaches or possible interpretations. So the sheep is a kind of an archetype, with various significations in different religions, languages and cultures. When Dolly was born in 1996, the work was charged with another meaning – in some way the work has been “reloaded” on different levels. It became a comment on the relation between original and copy. When I realized that the film “Blade runner“ was based on the novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?“ by Philipp K. Dick, the installation became in some way the materialization of the ecological question. With the background of the NSA scandal the accent is put on communication and interconnectedness.

Artist Statement

My artistic approach is a playful one, where I combine single elements in a new way and fit elements together like puzzle pieces. I create and counterbalance pairs and opposite pairs and I sculpturally transpose the change of perspective between positive and negative. This playful approach is often humorous and the result is sometimes even funny.

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