“It's as though I've been a robot, and through my art, I’m becoming more human.” - Lans King
Lans King is becoming known for bringing the New Muse to contemporary art. His work is about humanity and technology. His paintings have already been acquired by a number of important collectors.
Lans' art considers our interpersonal connections as digitisation and robotisation becomes omnipresent in our daily lives. These technologies have dramatically affected the way that we interact with and relate to one another.
Beyond the social mirror, he proposes a way forward in this new era. Lans celebrates and assert that which is profoundly human (creativity, soul, love,...).
He does so by representing the life of his muse Anaïs; she serves as a symbol for these ideas. Instead of appropriating an icon from popular culture, he is offering Anaïs as a new icon for our time.
The artist & muse connection is one of the predominant themes of his' work. Lans' collaboration with Anaïs is a means of exploring a true intellectual, emotional and spiritual connection...in the real world.
Since he grew up just before computers, the internet and mobile phones became ubiquitous, he has experienced the before and after
Lans is often the subject of his own work. It is the means by which he explores his connection to his true “self” even as he has experienced these changed first hand.
Lans King's work includes painting, sculpture, video, augmented reality, projections onto paintings and multimedia installations.
His paintings combines algorithms, digital printing and manual painting techniques to create a new aesthetic. Similarly, his sculpture combines 3D printing with manual sculpture techniques such wood carving and terracotta moulding.
He is also developing multimedia installations that include projections onto paintings, sound, olfactory sensations and even a live model...
Lans is not an"academic" artist. His experimental approach is similar to that of German artist, Sigmar Polke. His works are in themselves part of his ongoing research to consider the future of painting, sculpture and perhaps "art" itself as humanity is experiencing dramatic changes.
The New Synthesis
Lans King founded the school of thought called The New Synthesis which seeks to unify seemingly opposed dualities such as humanity & technology, real & virtual, analog & digital, organic & plastic, past & future. In art, he also seeks a union of figuration & abstraction, of conceptual & expressionist, …
These ideas are represented by his symbol the Double Ampersand (or Double And). He uses this symbol in a series of works (painting and sculpture) as a formal element to create “abstractions”.
Lans met the prodigious French artist Anaïs de Contades. She became his muse and brought another dimension to the ideas of The New Synthesis. Going beyond the ideas of The New Synthesis, they founded the #RomanticRebellion. Inspired by Anaïs and by #RomanticRebellion, he pushed his work towards a more expressive and a "de-structured" aesthetic.
Despite many obstacles on his path, Lans King was destined to become an artist. He was born in St. Vincent, British Antilles and moved to New York with his family at 8 years old. His interest in a creative path was not fostered; it was discouraged in favour of math and science.
He began his studies in physics at the University of Rochester, New York, but changed to cognitive science in a search for a more humanist subject. The curriculum focused on philosophy of knowledge, human/machine interaction and artificial intelligence.
In art Lans is completely autodidact. For many years he worked at top digital and communication agencies whilst developing his art practice. He also educated himself about the history of art. Once fully developed, he then dedicated himself his artwork, drawing on ideas from his studies and even from his work experience.
He lives and works between Paris, London and New York.