Photo Courtesy of Palais de Tokyo
The sculpture called “1M3 de Beauté,” which translates to “One Cubic Meter of Beauty,” is on display at the Palais de Tokyo Museum in Paris. The piece references a past work of Hyber’s, called “1M2,” which hangs on a wall in the same museum. That piece, as you may guess, is a 1-square-meter surface covered in lipstick. Both pieces are a part of Huber’s show called ”Matières Premierès,” (“Raw Materials”) which will run at the museum until January 7.
Explaining the choice of materials used in his newer creation, Hyber said that lipstick is a medium that can be underappreciated in its traditional tube form. On a larger scale, however, his audience is able to see the product in a new light. “It’s a material that is very supple, lipstick, especially in a large quanitity,” the artist told WWD. “The material permanently moves. It is a work that is never finished, which is always evolving. It’s a living oeuvre.”
So how did Hyber choose the Yves Saint Laurent formula, of all the lipsticks out there? He feels his work correlates with that of the designer’s fashion, which mixed masculine and feminine elements. And of course, the brand’s impeccable rouge hue was ideal for Hyber’s project. “It needed to be a red that is very vivid, very present,” he said.
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