Bernard Lassus, The Landscape approach
Visual artist, colorist, landscape architect and town planner, for the last fifty years Bernard Lassus has been developing a theory and practice of the conditions enabling the human appropriation of urban spaces.
The concept of ambiance, stretching the limits of architecture and the spatial arts, underpins his poetic and rigorous research on the factors of visibility and of appearances in the everyday environment. Light, color and movement are the main materials of his art installations and urban spatial designs. Here, in a previously unpublished work, art historian Stephen Bann analyzes the career path of Lassus as it intersects with those other leading artistic and intellectual figures of the times. It is a path leading from kinetic art to the art of garden designand on to landscapes and finally to a reflection on the meaning of being an integral part of the mutations of contemporary society.