Every tool serves a purpose, but artists like Baptiste Debombourg know how to unleash greater potential in everyday items. For Debombourg, staples aren't simply tiny, metallic instruments used to fasten papers together or to a wall. The French artist uses the little pieces of bent metal to paint his grandeur pictures of human figures and natural settings, as inspired by Italian Mannerism, the German Renaissance, and western art.
We've introduced Debombourg's remarkable staple engravings with great wonder and admiration over the fine details in each piece and his more recent works have continued to astonish us. The self-described sculptor's works, though drawing heavily from recognizably classic works, are transformed into new pieces with his creative additions, offering something incredible each time. More than just some scraps of metal embedded in a block of wood, Debombourg's pieces merge classic and contemporary art.
A collection of the artist's staple murals, labeled as his Aggravure series, are currently on display in Germany at the Krupic Kersting Gallery of Cologne. The exhibit titled Agony in the Garden is now showing through October 27, 2012.