It all started with some leftovers from previous sets, some spare pieces of polystyrene foam, some wooden rods, a bit of paint.
Only with these did Le Turk - handyman/photographer and craftsman/magician- decided to take on a new challenge: to erect a monumental fresco, a new surrealseries where mystic and burlesque, past and future, decay and hope are blending.
Haunted by Hieronymus Bosch’s and Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s canvases, the artist started manufacturing model sets and landscapes that he photographed afterwards, through the use of hundreds of pictures (for a gigantic resolution) in order to inlay a crowd of characters, all of them actors, into this absolute “world work of art”...
The realism of the size scales is then lost. The eye is simply wandering in a multitude of details, references, symbols and simply travels through colliding ages and world views.
Gathering all in all seven pictures, including a church ceiling-like one, the new series Opera Mundi constitutes a real turning point in the photographer’s young career.
He explores the frontiers of what is “fake”, while attaching a major importance to building everything with his own two hands.
He questions the boundaries between photography and painting and pushes his taste for immoderation and especially his obsession for Aesthetics to their paroxysm...
About his work: Le Turk’s work is marked by a baroque and nostalgic vision of a permanent end of century and lost characters in staged sets ...
In his studio, factory of marvels, Le Turk makes his own decor, an artificial world made by cardboard, wood and polystyrene. To build false elements, depict everything; to better approach real, to sublimate the artifice to reveal the contemporary tragi-comic in large epic paintings is his aesthetic obsession.
Between sacred and profane, between Comics and Méliès, between Faith, fervour and decadence, since the past seven years this photography craftsman, this entertainer, explores the limits of his photographic discipline and questions our time