Longtemps éphémère – Although he has long been a painter, Alexandre Leger is now essentially a draftsman whose drawings are also poems. Gleaning old schoolbooks, outdated forms, cutting out crossword puzzle solutions from the newspaper, he collects these paper pages which become the support of his creations. He turns other people’s words, found words, into a poetic system that generates shapes and colors. What do these assemblages of letters, crossed out, covered, chosen by the artist and associated with his drawings and his own writings, mean now and again? Playing with these accumulated layers of signs, the artist opens the door to possible back and forth between past and present… Between the spoken words that are only worth remembering, those that are written on paper to avoid loss, but end up being erased by the vagaries of life, time and oblivion.
In the continuity of his work of drawing-poems and in echo to the exhibition Longtemps éphémère which was held at the museum of Évreux, this book presents the new drawings of Alexandre Leger, as well as a set of graphic works from the collections of the museum The second opus devoted to the work of French artist Alexandre Leger, Longtemps éphémère follows the artist’s first catalog published in 2019, Hélas, rien ne dure jamais pour toujours.
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