Eau Sauvage
Vernissage le jeudi 30 mars 2006
Ouverture du 31 mars au 22 avril 2006
Text by Juan Bolivar
The thinking behind the "Eau Savage" exhibition is purposely confusing. It is intended to initiate a debate. It"s deliberately ambiguous and open to interpretation. On the one hand "Eau Savage" refers to Christian Dior's famous fragrance for men. We may therefore begin to think about the artists in this show, as international "signifiers"; jet set travellers; cultural as well as commercial commodities; objects of luxury and desire.

On the other hand we have the word "savage". It echoes the "Museum of Art Brut" in Lausanne. It refers to the artist as an obsessive, reclusive, compulsive creature. Here meaning does not travel or translate easily like a road sign or the Euro. It is hermetically sealed in the mind of its creator. It is caged.

The debate that arises from this duality hinges on how the artists and art as a whole performs a balancing act between both of these worlds. Between communication and incomprehension. Between what's internal and what's external. "Eau Savage" is the modern "brut".

The London artists selected for this exhibition encompass a mixed selection of disciplines. In addition to the traditional mediums of painting and sculpture, there is also computer animation, sound installation and video/sculpture installation. It informs us of "hitech" and "low-tech" activities. Sophisticated objects and hand made objects.

The overall look of the show is intended to be more like a museum or boutique rather than a gallery: a mixture between the Museum of Art Brut and an airport's "Duty Free" zone. Things lurking round corners; hung low and high; next to each other; almost too much to take in; too much to think about and consume; an "amusement park" or a ride through a "ghost train".

The exhibition takes place on two main sites. The Lucy Mackintosh Gallery and a disused car showroom near the gallery. One space, the gallery, is luxurious, well lit and modern. Like a perfume counter in a department store or an airport. The other space, the garage, has an air of abandonment, like the hotel in Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining". It's mirrored walls resemble a "discotheque" but also a fairground's "hall of mirrors". "Eau Savage" is a mood rather than a concept. It is about not being able to put things into words or being able to hold on to a moment, but at the same time recognising a fragrance or a scent of that moment even after it's gone.
Show overview

35 artists / 3 curators

Text by Juan Bolivar

Texte de Marco Costantini

Juan Bolivar
High Society

Mauro Bonacina
Twin Towers

Nick Dawes

Mathew Gooding
Fleur d'Allie

Haruhi Hayashi
Lion Royal

Hiroe Komai
Window and Corner

John Stark
Sky Burial

Jennifer Niederhauser
Mum at the Piano

Jennifer Niederhauser

Annaick Pitteloud

Pauline Boudry
Sometimes you fight...

Raphaël Julliard
100m2 + Les Génies

Körner Union
Too Much Love

Lee Maelzer
The Last House...

Marc Bauer
Boy IV

Matt Franks
Double Skull House

Milo Keller
Alka Seltzer

Virginie Morillo

Virginie Morillo

Virginie Morillo

Pamela Richardson

Sandrine Pelletier

Sandrine Pelletier
Poupées russes

Sandrine Pelletier
Petit albinos

John Richert
The East

John Richert
The Call of the Wild

Sacha Roulet
sans titre

Sacha Roulet
sans titre

Sacha Roulet
sans titre

Sam Herbert
The Modernists

Julie Verhoeven

Richard Wathen
Bearded Lady

Julian Hugh Watts
Tommy Hilfiger

Laura White
Pretty Boy

Neil Zakiewicz
Pencil Holder

Neil Zakiewicz
Pencil Plaque

Zorro et Bernardo
Medaille Pisanellianne

Eau Sauvage

Eau Sauvage

Eau Sauvage

Eau Sauvage

Alexia Walther

Pam Richardson & Kevin Smith
Spinter Episode XI

Léonore Easton

Virginie Morillo

Eau Sauvage II

Eau Sauvage II

Eau Sauvage II

24 Heures
7 avril 2006

Avril 2006

Kunst Bulletin
Avril 2006

British Council
Septembre 2006

Stephen Felmingham
touching: clear

Michael Ashcroft
All The Rest Of The
Things In The World

Abbas Kiarostami
Pariyoush Ganji

You know I can't
I can't stop my brain


Julius Baer Art Talks
by Sarah Thornton

Li Zhenhua

Maurice Schobinger

Lumen & Lux

The Tenth Sentiment

Where Stands History

La Lumière d'Héphaïstos
au Château d'Aubonne

Jane Marsching Ice Out
Lalie Schewadron
Under The Bridge

Repons. EPFL
Rolex Learning

Art Dubai
Charlie Koolhaas
Michael Ashcroft
Camille Zakharia

Madelon Vriesendorp
EPFL Rolex Learning

People Don’t Do
Such Things!

Les Urbaines Festival
Doris Lasch
& Ursula Ponn

"Room for Thought"
Madelon Vriesendorp & Charlie Koolhaas

Welcome to Colorful

Back Yard, concept
by Veronika Spierenburg

"Stalingrad Volgograd Series"
Maurice Schobinger

"Sweet Alpine"
Michael Aschroft

Love With
Unconfined Wings

"Duplicate Array: Objects/Buildings/Plans"
FAT, Fashion Architecture Taste

eArts Beyond
art fair Shanghai

Tomoko Yoneda
Gauri Gill

Grands Paysages
Wide European Landscapes

Offspring /

"Home 2"
Olaf Breuning


"Functional Escape"
Ingrid Hora
"Mix Media"
Lukas Wassmann

Working Space II

"Whistling Dixie"
Are You Meaning Company
Peter Liversidge

"Home Alone"
Juan Bolivar

"Everything Material
Something Immaterial"

"Everyone has his day
and some days last
longer than others"
Naofumi Maruyama & Francisco Sierra

Ensemble Babel

what we talk

"Eau Sauvage" part II
Fieldgate, London

"Knochen Regen"
Sandrine Pelletier
Lauris Paulus

Justin Hibbs

"The Return of the
Seven Samurai"
Grizedale Arts

Ryota Kuwakubo & Reico Yamaguchi

"When Life Began"
Michael Ashcroft

"To Infinity,
and Beyond!"

Group show

"Can Buildings Curate"

Eau Sauvage

Ayumi Minemura
Are You Meaning Company

"Erscheinungsformen des zweidimensionales Raumes und deren Umstände"

"Studies for the Consumption"
Ryota Kuwakubo & Reico Yamaguchi

10 puissance 24

"What Birds See"
Christian Vetter

"Bee Vessel Wax Wave"
Stephen Felmingham

News From Nowhere

An evening's event
Décosterd & Rahm

Alexandre Hollan And Also The Trees

"Qaqortok - Niseko"
Joel Tettamanti

"BD Origin"
Büro Destruct