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Denis Savary, Ostende, d’après James Ensor (Ostend, After James Ensor), 2011, elastomer mask, couch, overall 71 7/8 x 26 x 29 1/2".

Denis Savary

Galerie Xippas | Paris

Denis Savary, Ostende, d’après James Ensor (Ostend, After James Ensor), 2011, elastomer mask, couch, overall 71 7/8 x 26 x 29 1/2".

Featuring works in video, installation, and sculpture created between 2006 and 2011, this show emphasized contemplative aspects of Denis Savary’s art, rather than the straight-facedly humorous, cool side for which he is also known. Perhaps more important, it reaffirmed the Paris- and Lausanne, Switzerland–based artist’s interest in exploring simple pleasures in his own “backyard,” in the bucolic yet cultured French and Swiss farming country, evocative of the region around Lake Geneva where he is from. For Savary, it is an emotional and, to a certain degree, physical “stillness” in such places that deserves to be recorded and remembered. This ordinariness, which is derived from staging or noticing everyday situations and occurrences around him just when not much out of the ordinary is happening, is reinforced through a deliberately restrained use of technical means. The depicted

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