Perhaps not as well known as he should be, Belgian artist Walter Leblanc (1932-1986) is one of the most representative artists of op-art (optical illusion art) and a kindred to the Zero art movement of the late 1950s to mid 1960 that sought to give shape to the immaterial and tangibility to the intangible. But this is not a treatise on the art movement, rather my view of how to use one of his pieces of art in a practical way.
Consider LeBlanc’s “Torsions 1268” of 1977-1978. A work of 9 or so rhythmically twisted pilasters of oxidized steel and black lacquer joined as a rectangular sculpture measuring 78.3/4 x 51.1/8 x 9.7/8 in. (200 x 130 x 25 cm.) Using this as a room partition in a very swank interior decorated in any style of the 20thand 21st centuries would simply rock the space out of the park. Peter Marino and David Collins take note!
By now many of you know that although I’m an interior decorator, I had a very long chapter of my working life in the art world. And one of the things that I always found fascinating is how the art world approached art … mainly as an independent object. But unless, you have your own museum, art is more than just an object; its part of a richer whole called the interior of a home or the landscape of a park.
image credit: The Mayor Gallery, London. An exhibition on the artist at the Cork Street gallery runs from 14 February to 28 March 3013.