Patrick Laumond introduces MetaHism: A work of universal reality
For the first time, Laumond has joined the European Cultural Centre for the sixth edition of Personal Structures. He arrives at this show with many experiences on his back. Exhibitions in Switzerland, Belgium and France; as well as group shows in galleries across the United States, Austria, Strasbourg and many more. For 2022, he adds a stop in Venice to take part in ECC’s exhibition with one of his most iconic works.
While observing his surrounding, French artist Patrick Laumond realised that reality cannot be summarised into one single work. The complexity of the world itself demands multiple expressions and requires individual attention to all the different parts that constitute it. This particular observation led him to MetaHism, a singular work that provides a new interpretation of the reality we face.
Patrick Laumond Installation at Palazzo Bembo | Photo credits: Clelia Cadamuro
MetaHism is an artistic movement that expresses and embodies the human mind as a meta-paradigm. The prefix META denotes the whole, ISM is its own artistic trend and H is the eighth letter of the alphabet which represents an infinite movement symbolised by the lemniscate ∞. By bringing all these concepts together, Laumond does not seek to formalise an art deprived of sentiment but rather the opposite: “MetaHism is the means by which consciousness reconnects to the multiple dimensions of reality, instead of repressing them”.
With this approach, Laumond produces a more theoretical model which consists of a work divided into several distinct elements which demonstrate the all and its opposite. This modelling results in what could be called a representation of the great all - a conception that comes from the primitive or primordial work, in analogy with the Big Bang.
As founder of MetaHism, Laumond explains how “by breaking down or segmenting the initial ‘big’ work, he distributes the constituent elements into single elements that make up a whole.” This whole, he continues, “is the combination of each individual part and every single one of them is the result as well as the reason of the whole of this same work.”
Patrick Laumond Installation at Palazzo Bembo | Photo credits: Federico Vespignani
Laumond in Venice
At Palazzo Bembo, the concept of MetaHism takes shape as a white installation filled with elements that are in continuous dialogue with each other. The rigour and the coolness of an immaculate white room are contrasted with variable volumetric forms, ranging from geometric shapes and straight lines to regular and homogeneous elements. With the presence of these variable volumetric and flat forms, it is possible to encompass all that is existing, be they large, small, flat, long or wide, but also through their spatial representation. “I highlight the idea of duality, attraction and retraction, inside and outside, above and below, up and down, order and disorder, finite and infinite, and so many more”, reveals Laumond.
Visitors enter the room with the whole in their hands and are encouraged to read, observe, absorb and discover the different elements that bring it to life. The MetaHism presented can describe a philosophical, mathematical, physical, sociological, scientific, biological or even literary vision of everything that surrounds and inhabits us. To grasp MetaHism, a first step is to strip and accept that there is no longer linear or causal time, top or bottom, interiority or exteriority, order or disorder, but an intermingling of infinite possibilities.
You can visit Patrick Laumond's exhibition at Palazzo Bembo until the 27th of November or discover his work by exploring the virtual tours online. Discover more about the artist and MetaHism on the profile online and on Instagram.