“I feel like I've been a robot, and through my art, I’m becoming more human.” - Lans King
Despite the strict environment of his youth and many obstacles later on, Lans King was destined to become an artist.
Lans was born in St. Vincent, British Antilles and moved to New York with his family at 8 years old. Notwithstanding his predisposition to a creative life, his interests were discouraged in favour of maths and sciences. He began his education in physics at the University of Rochester, New York, but changed to cognitive science in a search for something more humanist. The curriculum focused on philosophy of knowledge, human/machine interaction and artificial intelligence which fascinated him. However, his thirst for art was ever increasing. He passed much of his time at university in the art libraries and in museums.
For many years he worked at top digital media and communication agencies. He specialised in luxury brands but it was not satisfying due to the lack of meaning and depth of his daily work. He became friends with artists who recognised his creative talents and considered him as one of them even before he began to develop his own practice. However, his responsibilities made it difficult for him to immediately follow the artist’s path. He then rose to the challenge. In parallel to his “day job”, he made the time to educate himself in art history and to develop his art practice drawing on both his studies and his work experience.
Lans moved to Paris then London and currently lives and works between the two cities. After many years of development, he was convinced that it was the right moment to share his art. He founded the school of thought called The New Synthesis which seeks to reconcile dualities such as humanity and technology, real and virtual, analog and digital, organic and plastic, past and future, figuration and abstraction… The ideas of The New Synthesis formed the basis of the #RomanticRebellion which he co-founded with his art his muse and frequent collaborator Anaïs de Contades (herself a visual artist).
The #RomanticRebellion is a response to a society that has become obsessed with popularity, reality TV “stars”, pornography, and a general superficiality. It’s a challenge to the nihilistic attitudes and the people who represent it. It is about the search for profound beauty, spirituality, non-conformity and human connection. Today we are in an “hyperconnected” world, but at the same time we are less and less connected on a human level.
Lans King’s visionary work not only reflects the current digital society but also proposes a way to advance our human qualities in a time when it is being challenged by increasingly performant technology.