About the artist
|Laurent Sauerwein, born in 1944, is an artist, designer, writer and teacher living in Paris, France. His first art works were produced in mid-60's, in the United States, and used film as a medium. Most notable early show of sculpture was at Gallery Sonnabend in 1972, in Paris : circulating objects which developed virtual spaces. Later exhibitions, at the Cartier Foundation (1986) and the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1987), were centered on the issues of architecture, memory and utopia in large scale constructions that clearly engaged the viewer's body and path, or wall drawings which confronted modernist projects to the grain of their material support.
In the 1990's, Laurent Sauerwein's work was essentially drawing and painting, often over image details scanned from daily newspapers and then reprinted in proliferating series to be drawn or painted on in endless variations. The current bookworks evolved from that period of intensive computer printing. They are essentially books printed on demand, sequences of photographs, mostly digital, this time taken by the artist himself.
Laurent Sauerwein's interest in working with images stems, in part, from his former involvement in the media, as a print and broadcast journalist. After having spent fifteen years in the press, as a senior reporter, editor- in-chief and occasional anchor for French public television (France 2), he then founded NAVIGATOR, one of the very first French companies devoted exclusively to multimedia.
In the most recent years, he decided to devote some of his time to teaching and most of the remaining time to doing his own work as an artist.
Laurent Sauerwein has, for many years, written a monthly column in "Etapes Graphiques", the leading French graphic design magazine.
He is also a teacher. He directed the digital studio at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs in Strasbourg. He is currently head of the Communication Design department at Parsons School of Design in Paris, and is a cofounder of the Ecole Multimedia, an adult training center in Paris. He also teaches International Communications and Information Technology at the American University of Paris.
Laurent Sauerwein, 4/99