PHILIPPE LECLERC 

ART IN SEARCH OF SENSE

IT project manager for more than twenty years, my true passion, since childhood, has always been drawing, astrophysics and mathematics, then philosophy of science and epistemology. 

Beyond the purely aesthetic and fantastic forms, I very soon became attached to the visual and graphic translation, in the form of an artistic parable that I call "the Metaphor of the Sense", of the scientific or metaphysical problems usually treated in the form of texts or mathematical demonstrations. The recurring themes evoked through my creations are: the origin of the Universe and Life, the evolution of species and Man, the infinity of Cosmos, the nature of Time, Man and his biosphere etc. A number of questions that finally bring us back to the only real question about the mystery of the origins of Man : Who are we? 

My first illustrations were course material in the context of road safety in the French Army driving school in 1983, then the production of a poster for the 6th Command and Support Regiment in Nîmes, in 1984. A few years later, from 1990 to 1992, I realized humorous illustrations for two years, for the Monthly Journal of Bnp Paribas Bank. 


About my paintings in ink and pastel, here are my main group exhibitions :

- Bnp Paribas Bank in Paris, in 1992 

- Annual exhibition "Forms and colors" of Vélizy (1999) 

- 14th "Perspectives" art fair Center Alfred de Vigny in Voisins-le-Bretonneux (1999) 

- 8th Salon of Plastic Arts at Gérard Philipe cultural space in St Cyr-l'école (1999 - 1st Jury Prize)

- Salon of painting and contemporary sculpture, room of the rocket in Paris 13th (1999) 

- Salon of Rambouillet (1999) 

- Thuillier Gallery in Paris (2000) 

- Autumn Salon at the Grand Palais in Paris (2000) 

As an individual, I organized two exhibitions : one at the Deceauville Cultural Center in Voisins-le-bretonneux in 1999 and the other at the Manet Farm in Voisins-le-bretonneux in 2005. 

My exhibitions were the subject of press articles, including an article in the newspaper "Les Nouvelles des Yvelines" in 1999, as well as in the local press of Yvelines. One of my works ("L'Amant du Futur" or "the lover of the future" ) was published in the catalog of the Salon d'Automne dedicated to the exhibition of the year 2000. 

For several years, I concentrate my artistic and philosophical research more particularly on the topics concerning the ecosystems of our planet (in grave danger), the evolution of Science and its applications, in particular in bio-genetics, in artificial intelligence, as well as on the worrisome, short-term future of the human species, whose salvation will be a very likely migration on Mars or on one of the satellites of Jupiter, Europe, or on planets beyond the limits of our solar system . Other topics are discussed such as the incredible existence of the macroscopic and microscopic natural forces that govern the Universe, and of which we still do not know "how" they are orchestrated.


Note : One of the major problems that will arise in the next centuries to our societies whose modes of operation will be more and more virtual, will be the quality and the lifetime of the storage and archiving media of all useful information, including their reuse (with instructions). 

When we know how very limited is the life expectancy of optical disks with essential backups every 10 or 20 years, it is very unlikely that in 200 or 300 years, all of our current data can be easily interpreted by future versions of much more advanced tools in use at the time. (Like the cassettes of 30 years ago become unusable by the disappearance of the readers). 

The increase in the dematerialization of information inevitably raises the problem of the durability of important information stored on media whether they are electromagnetic or other ... 

Hence the absolute necessity of rethinking the informational foundations of our present civilization. 


About the sustainability of information, I invite you to think about it by discovering this fabulous project: KEO, the satellite intended to be sent in orbit around the Earth during several tens of thousands of years, carrying on board the traces and testimonies of our human civilization, and which should be recovered during its final fall on Earth by our distant descendants, or at least what will remain of our terrestrial civilization ... Ambitious project still not finalized, which raises as many admiration as interrogations. Indeed, even if the satellite was designed to produce a very remarkable "aurora borealis" effect during its future return to Earth, it is not foolish to imagine that if the interest and the follow-up of the KEO project are not relayed from centuries to centuries by scientists, journalists or project managers, this one is forgotten or goes unnoticed at the time of its return on Earth, or rather at the bottom of the oceans. Fifty years ago, we could not even imagine the invention of the Smartphone, and in just over 20 years, the advent of the Internet has revolutionized our civilizations. The evolution continues exponentially and it is totally unthinkable to imagine what our civilizations will be in 500 or 1000 years, on Earth or on other planets that humans have colonized, and especially if a project such as KEO will always have a real interest in the important problems that will arise to our descendants at this distant time ... 

(To access the KEO page, click on the image).