David "aiu" Servan-Schreiber

 

 « Hope is in the stars, » Van Gogh wrote shortly before painting Venus to the right of the cypress trees in his Starry Night.

This observation has retained its original meaning over a century later as communication saturates our daily life and the information age has led to a resurgence of religious extremism as an answer to mankind’s spiritual longing, followed with acts of medieval brutality and rivalries.

In his newest exhibition Planets, David Servan-Schreiber takes on the introspective task of retracing his own path to faith, from a childhood deliberately deprived of religion to making his entrance into adulthood with the concession that life without spirituality is hell.

Presenting a variety of anonymous planets against coloured backgrounds, the London-based French artist pays a tribute to the celestial elements which ignited faith in him as an adolescent and continue to guide his reflections as a painter today.

Astronomy was once hampered by religious bigotry yet it has become increasingly tied with spiritual sentiments through its symbolism and apparent infinity. Servan-Schreiber’s exhibition questions our reactions to ground-breaking concepts and the value prism through which we validate and reject scientific findings at a time when the information age has made Fermi’s paradox untenable and social frustrations across the globe make extra-terrestrial life more a supplication than a question.

His use of gold leaves on each planet is far from innocuous as they are a mainstay of Christian Orthodox icons, recalling man’s struggle and attempts to depict unseen divinities.

Further reports hint that the discovery of inhabitable planets elsewhere in the universe are now a matter of when not if. Servan-Schreiber’s exhibition leads us to ponder what beliefs man will bring with him upon colonising new orbits, and whether these discoveries might bring an end to earthly religions. In that event, hope may or may not continue being in the stars.

 

Texte: Igor Mladenovic (The Guardian)

Curriculum Vitae

David Servan-Schreiber (b. 1989, Fr)

2018

Art Paris art fair Rebecca Hossack Gallery - Paris

Affordable art fair Singapore Rebecca Hossack Gallery - Singapore

Affordable art fair Singapore Rebecca Hossack Gallery - Hong Kong

Rebecca Hossack Group show (permanent exhibition)

Sotheby’s summer exhibition

To Hope, group exhibition, Marine Tanguy - London

2017

Unfold, Group exhibition, Marine Tanguy - London

Frieze Masters - Lodha booth

Spectrum Miami art fair - Arti NYC gallery

Arti Nyc gallery group show , NY

Sotheby’s summer exhibition

Royal academy of art annual charity sale.

2016

Solo show , Stephanie Hoppen Gallery London 

Royal academy of art charity sale.

Sotheby’s summer exhibition

Pomellato collaboration , original works exhibited in their 24 shops around the world.

Bibliography

Sophie Weinstein: “Wich Artist you need to follow on Instagram” September 2017

http://www.ohsoarty.com/blog/2017/9/14/15-artists-you-should-be-following-on-instagram