artgeneve 2018Denis SavaryHanoï I, 2017polystyrene, wood, resin, metal110 x 70 x 60 cm
43 1/4 x 27 1/2 x 23 5/8 inCopyright The ArtistPolystyrene cases that seem to contain and protect hermetically a metamorphosis. A process in the process of change. An initial aggregation from the fish figure that becomes the place of...Polystyrene cases that seem to contain and protect hermetically a metamorphosis. A process in the process of change. An initial aggregation from the fish figure that becomes the place of metamorphosis. Fish that evokes chimera species, relatives of the Cocatrix or Basilisk, fabulous animals that according to the legend have a cock's head, wings of bats and a snake body.
The speckled surface of the pieces will produce the illusion of a stone object, assuming that this conservation goes through a process of petrification. The choice of polystyrene, generally used for the manufacture of insulated containers, potentially indicates that these cases protect against heat or cold. The baroque, scroll- shaped shapes of these pieces can induce the idea that they contain a fireplace, a fire, a flame or a source of water, a gush, a fountain.
HANOI evokes fish from Rome's fountains, especially those of the Bernini's Fontana del Tritone, but also evokes the objects/sculptures produced for tourists in search of exoticism that can be found on the way from Hanoi to Halong Bay. Buddhas, dragons, toads, and lotus accumulate from market stalls up to the roadsides.
Finally, we can also see in these pieces something that reminds us of cases of musical instruments such as bass or tuba. Everything that has been said above remains valid. The Cocatrix and the Basilisk would be to the animal world what HANOI would be to musical instruments. Fabulous instruments that would produce more than just sound.
Phonically, the word Hanoi evokes in French "un oeil" and "ennui", two terms that refer to the practice of contemplation.
Exhibitions"Flytraps," curated by Pier Paolo Pancotto, Museo Pietro Canonica a Villa Borghese, 21 September -29 October 2017, Rome, Italy