Installationshot at Start Saatchi Art Fair London september 2018. David Svensson. Absent Stories and Drapings.

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David Svensson. The Drapings Series: Saint Francis Giving his Mantle to a Poor Man (Giotto). 71,5x105 cm. Velvet.. David Svensson. The Drapings Series: Saint Francis Giving his Mantle to a Poor Man (Giotto). 71,5x105 cm. Velvet..

In the series "Drapings" the artist David Svensson is working with velvets and its apparent ability to capture and reflect ambient light.
 
Just as Sven-Olov Wallenstein writes in his text, lumens, lux, David Svenssons work is "from the maximum expansive public space, the city and our social relations, to the minimum and contracted, the almost empty book page and the paper barely perceptible spoken. But in all this, one can discern a consistent theme: vision and perception, not only in the sense that all art anywhere gives something to see - albeit sometimes only as a negation of vision - but seeing as a process dependent on light and the environment, the appliances and surfaces, which always takes place between things and consciousness. "
 
In the new velvet works the issue is once again vision that ultimately also relate to the spectator's body. It is therefore both the idea and the physical experience, about how the work looks literally change with the viewer's movement and position in space. From one angle, the image is distinct and clear, in another it is rather vague and vanishing.
 
In earlier work, Svensson worked with the same technology but instead of with broadlooms. The artist, who grew up with the broadloomcarpet in his childsroom has described how he used to draw on the dark green mat with his fingers as a comb through the carpet pile in different directions.  And at Art School the material, became part of the artistic exploration area.
 
The works in the exhibition are based in the four early Italian painters; Giotto and the Renaissance painters Masaccio, Piero della Francesca and Fra Angelico, who, like David Svensson was interested in spatiality and the works "Here and Now". This is therefore something quite vanishing as about the work's poetic quality. A sort of meditation on the light - the light that surrounds the painting and falls on its surface and allows vision to take shape, the light that our eyes give, but also the light that emanates velvet painting itself.
 
The velvet paintings reproduces parts and details from the historical paintings. Common to all the works is the image of textile drapings, costumes and garments in the textile same resort each color, as in the original paintings now returned in the new textile painting. Only the thin glass now protects the delicate image, which could otherwise be erased in a single sweep.

David Svensson. The Absent Stories Series. 93 x 75 cm. Collage of book pages. David Svensson. The Absent Stories Series. 93 x 75 cm. Collage of book pages.

A Beginning
Based in a past, heading towards a future, all promise. When the opening dedication pages are sliced from discarded books, and reassembled along a shared horizon, the resulting mosaic of faded pinks, tans and grays holds powerful messages that allude to life, death, memory, history, care and love. Though these opening dedications appear somber, like epitaphs on tombstones, they not only honor a past but also herald a future; they fulfill some kind of debt, respond to some deeply felt emotion and proffer a significant achievement. These are important pages, framing the forthcoming text—apologia, declaration, homage. Beginnings grow out of the past. They have to start somewhere. The depth of meaning in these forgotten, pages, turned over, passed by reverberates. Detritus becomes readymade.
 
Stories
The blank pages that lead and follow texts in books, again tinted by age, gently marked with pentimenti from inserted notes and clippings, are far from mute. The artist is interested in the stories they hold. The very life of the book is imprinted into these fragile pages. The book is the vehicle for transporting the story; the blank page is in fact not blank at all. The support for the story tells a story. Story is both noun and verb. As a verb, it means to decorate something with images of scenes from history or legend or to tell a story. These blank pages story.
 
An End
Stories never end. They reverberate. Based in a past, heading towards a future, all promise.
 

Judith Hoos Fox
 

Saatchi Gallery
Duke of York's HQ
King's Road
London SW3 4RY

Wednesday 12 September VIP Preview 15.00-21.00 hrs
Thursday 13 September 11.00-18.00 hrs
Friday 14 September 11.00-18.00 hrs
Saturday 15 September 11.00-18.00 hrs
Sunday 16 September 11.00-17.00 hrs
Last admission: 30 minutes prior to closing time. 

David Svensson. The Drapings Series: Prophwt (Piero della Francesca). 67x105 cm. Velvet.
David Svensson. The Drapings Series: Prophwt (Piero della Francesca). 67x105 cm. Velvet.
David Svensson. The Absent Stories Series. 93x75 cm.
David Svensson. The Absent Stories Series. 93x75 cm.
David Svensson. The Absent Stories Series. 93x75 cm.
David Svensson. The Absent Stories Series. 93x75 cm.
david Svensson. The Absent Stories Series. 93x75 cm.
david Svensson. The Absent Stories Series. 93x75 cm.
David Svensson. The Absent Stories Series. 93x75 cm.
David Svensson. The Absent Stories Series. 93x75 cm.
David Svensson. The Absent Stories Series. 93x75 cm.
David Svensson. The Absent Stories Series. 93x75 cm.