At first glance, the work of Denis Savary is hard to pin down as he resists all classification and categories: he is at once a sculptor, a videographer, a photographer, an illustrator, a collector, an art historian, and a curator. There is nothing spectacular in Denis Savary’s videos, which are often static shots of landscape where the characters are reduced to a single action in real time. Everything feels familiar and yet everything is incongruent. The spectator can’t tell if each element of these videos (which were filmed in locations either personally important to the artist or geographically nearby) has been staged, simulated or simply recorded – or if they were produced with surprisingly economic means. Manipulating the spectator’s state of uncertainty, the artist endeavors to leave the audience to find a place in the everyday for contemplation or even transcendence. Everything has been arranged to make us believe that we are experiencing a real moment, a happenstance, which the rest of his work appears to echo.
On Air: Denis SAVARYThe ikono On Air Festival is showing three films by Denis SAVARY: Rumine (2007) In front of the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland Le Sapins (2007) Subway stop “Franklin Roosvelt“ appraoching Christmass, Paris, France. Le Fil (2009) A boy plays the trumpet in the countryside, Granges-Marnand, Switzerland
BioDenis Savary was born in 1981 in Granges-Marnand (Switzerland). After graduating from ECAL (Ecole Cantonale d’Arts de Lausanne), he then began a residence at the Arques Studios, and then at the Pavillon at the Palais de Tokyo in 2006/2007. He participated in numerous group exhibitions: Enchanté Château, organized by Christian Bernard at the Claudine and Jean-Marc Salomon Foundation for Contemporary Art in 2005 and at the MAMCO in Geneva in 2006, Voici Un Dessin Suisse (1990-2010) at the Rath Museum (Geneva), Wind, Souffle entre les Images at Quartier in Quimper (France), and at the Printemps de Septembre in Toulouse in 2009 and 2008, to name a few. His work was also shown in 2008 at the Jeu de Paume (Paris) and as part of the Satellite Program, at the Jénisch Museum in Vevey (Switzerland), at La ferme du Buisson (France) in 2011, at the Bern Kunsthalle (Switzerland) in 2012...
Links- Denis SAVARY at Galery Xippas: www.xippas.com - Denis SAVARY at Artnet
Other Videos by Denis SavaryLa courtisane (2003) Median (2006) Claude More Videos by Denis Savary on Youtube Portrait d'artiste - DENIS SAVARY