According to two French artists, Hoplography - the art of painting with weapons - is the art form of the future.
According to two French artists, Hoplography - the art of painting with weapons - is the art form of the future. To prove it, they have produced a collection of paintings created during fencing sessions in their Paris studio.
Pierre Lacaze acts as the case. Instead of the usual padded jacket, he wears a canvas stretched across his chest. Jacques Darnel is the "opponent". At the end of his fencing foil he ties a brush, which he has dipped into paint of a pre-arranged colour.
"En garde", and the two men begin the creation of another Hoplograph. To commands from Lacaze, Darnel records a 'strike' on Lacaze, and the paintbrush leaves an impression. As the bout progresses, so the 'strikes' mount up and the many impressions form the painting. Lacaze calles this "Haphazard remote control".
Paris will soon have a chance to judge for themselves, for a local art gallery has agreed to stage an exhibition of their efforts.