According to two French artists, Hoplography - the art of painting with weapons - is the art form of the future.
GV INT..Competitors fencing
CU Showing paint brushes tied to sabres
SV Competitor mixing his colours
CU Competitor ready for bout
CU His opponent on guard and strikes
SV DITTO, striking board and making pattern
CU Man's mask being struck by paintbrush
SV PAN..During bout
SV Striking and end of bout, players shake hands
CU DITTO and examines painting
CU Painting is carried and placed on floor with other exhibits
CU (TWO SHOTS) competitors look at painting
SV PAN..along paintings
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Background: 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.