Joanie Lemercier is a French artist primarily focused on projections of light in space and its influence on our perception. The threads of his early education grounded his interest in physical structures: geometry, patterns, and minimalist forms. As Lemercier’s work evolved, he began to play with these concrete structures through the physics and philosophy of how light can be used to manipulate perceived reality.
Since 2006 Lemercier has worked with projected light. In 2008, he co-founded visual label AntiVJ with artists Yannick Jacquet, Romain Tardy and Olivier Ratsi. Together they collaborate at creating installations and stage design for festivals, developing specific visual projects for artists like Portishead’s Adrian Utley or Flying Lotus alongside numerous large scale architectural projections all around the world.
In 2010, Lemercier turned his focus on installations and gallery work. To this day, he took part in more than thirty exhibitions and contemporary art fairs around the world.
In 2013, he founded his own creative studio, based in Brussels, focused on research and development of installations, gallery pieces and experiments using projected light in space.
The spectator can see from far away the silhouette of a planet, projected on a large wall.
This image seems familiar: a crescent of light on a perfect sphere, it must be the moon.
As he gets closer, he discovers details of craters, irregularities made of fine shadows and reliefs. Once close and observing attentively, he recognizes the contours of continents, seas and oceans. What remains are traces of disasters, the monochrome reveals the absence of an atmosphere, the disappearance of the oceans.
It is up to the viewer to imagine what lies behind this view of an inert planet. The artist invites us to think about a possible future.