Opening on Thursday September 16, 2021 from 5 to 7 pm
Pop-up at the Commercial Center Eaux-Vives
Rue de Jargonnant 3, 1207 Geneva
Xippas Geneva is pleased to present the installation “The Edge of What I Know” by Swiss, Argentinian and Hungarian artist Sigismond de Vajay at the Pop-Up of the Commercial Center Eaux-Vives in Geneva.
By choosing dark, fascinating scenes, Sigismond de Vajay explores the impact of the consumer culture on our environment. Through traditional media (watercolor, engraving) as well as installations, de Vajay explores, as if he was a landscape architect, the contradictions linked to modernity. He seeks beauty within destruction and decline: the smoke of an industry, an airplane on fire in the sky, a building falling down… In a way, his works evoke imminent apocalypse and disaster.
The exhibition brings together a selection of large-format watercolors, created between 2014 and 2021. Four of them are from the Strombusroaders project, which gathered a series of works developed in collaboration with the French architect Kevin Lesquenner. Focusing primarily on the production of drawings based on the research and development of 3D printed patterns, the watercolors refer to the destructive forces inspired by the cutting or tunnel boring machines that make the conduits for the extraction of minerals in mines. This recipiant object evades complete comprehension and interacts with the drawings as if they were close-ups or entry points.
Echoing the Strombusroaders series, the watercolor “Birth of the Pathfinder” presents a fiction in a grandiose and complex space. Between science fiction and reality, the work vibrates certain relationships directly linked to scientific research and exploration.
Creating a disenchanted gaze, the artworks’ subjects endlessly vasillate between the human form and machine, between the individual and the mass, in an uncertain and destablalizing movement. All the productions of this protean artist, curator, and editor, have a distopian aestetic in common. In Sigismond de Vajay’s artworks, beauty stems from our decadence and allows us to question the very notion of modernist progress.
Sigismond De Vajay (born in Paris in 1972) is of Argentine, Swiss and Hungarian nationalities. He currently lives in Buenos Aires. He has presented projects in various institutions and galleries such as: The Confort Moderne, Poitiers, France (2004), The Abattoirs of Toulouse, France (2006), Tranzit Foundation, Cluj, Roumania (2003), The Musée Cantonal des Beaux Arts du Valais, Sion, Switzerland (2004), Haus der Kultur, Salzwedel, Germany (2006), The Musée des Beaux Arts of Lausanne, Switzerland (2006), The MIS, Sao Paulo, Brasil (2010) The Centro Cultural Chacao, Caracas, Venezuela (2010), The Museo de Arte Moderno of Buenos Aires, Argentina (2011), Matucana100, Santiago de Chile (2007), PCdV, Valparaiso, Chile (2013), as well as at Galeria Animal, Santiago de Chile (2007), Zavaleta LAB, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2006). Between 1991 and 2001 he is one of the main people responsible for Toit du Monde, multidisciplinary space for current culture, Vevey, Switzerland. In 2002 he settled in Barcelona where he set up with a new collective, a platform for contemporary art, the KBB (Kültur Büro Barcelona).
His works are present in various private and institutional collections in Switzerland, France, Argentina, Chile and the United States.
At the same time, Sigismond de Vajay developed a curatorial program and published various books grouping his drawings.