Dimitri CAPSIS

sketches, drafts and artistic installations

Dimitri CAPSIS Installations Artistiques

Biographie

Archi – techni (art)

Born in Athens in 1963, Dimitri Capsis left for Paris to study in Ecole Spéciale d'Architecture. He obtained his degree ESA in 1988. Paul Virilio (philosopher, author, architect, town planner, sociologist) was the supervising professor of his thesis; Anne Cauquelin (philosopher, novelist, essayist, artist) was a member of the examining committee.

He returned to Greece where he worked as an architect for 20 years during which he developed his personal collection with a great number of sketches and notes that he created. 

In 2011 he took up residence in Fribourg, Switzerland, where alongside his job as an architect, he continued his artistic pursuits: his sketches developed into drafts and later into paintings, some of which became artistic installations. 

He has been exhibiting his work in various cities in Switzerland either in Individual or group exhibitions since 2014.  

In his work, he focuses on the way everyday situations are perceived, he explores the notion of «seeing» from the moment the choice of the visual angle is made until the picture is framed and given its final touch.

His essential tools are classic drawing (pencil, pastel, engraving) on ordinary paper and the use of optical and other kinds of technology. 

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Artistic installations



Le Gothard Dimitri CAPSIS Installations Artistiques

Le Gothard / 2016

A film is shown on a painting by means of a projector.
The film has been shot from a fixed point of view, in the standards of telemonitoring.
The camera as well as the painting focus on the front of the buildings in a specific street at a specific moment. The colored images of the occasional passersby and the cars in combination with the black and white painting create the artistic installation “Le Gothard”. "Le Gothard".

+ History:
 First sketches in autumn 2015
- Beginning and completion of artistic representation in winter 2016
- Shooting the film in winter 2016
- Recording the film in a DVD in summer 2016   
- Presentation of artistic installation in September 2016 (Trait Noir)

+ Final draft:
- On white paper kraft
- Graphite, dry pastel with shades of white to black

+ Painting:
- Dimensions 34 X 76 - Old wooden gold-plated frame, an offer of Paul Stutzmann,  - Two crystals (double-side) 100% transparent and 92% reflective

+ Installation supports:
- Projector (Acer, Full HD 1080)
- Player (Samsung, Blu-ray/DVD BD-J5500E)
- Planned installation site (1,00 + 3,35) Χ (0,65 + 1,08) Χ 1,89



Les Arcades Dimitri CAPSIS Installations Artistiques

Les Arcades / 2016

A camera placed opposite the painting records the movement of the visitors which is projected directly on a screen.
The artistic installation consists in the people’s reaction to the black and white painting and their colored image which they discover on the screen.
Then, a video clip is created, the final form of which is the framing of the painting  "Les Arcades".

+ History: - First sketches in summer 2014
- Beginning and completion of artistic representation in winter 2016
- Presentation of artistic installation in September 2016
- Montage of video clip in winter 2017
- Completion of drawing (mise en cadre) in spring 2017
- Especially dedicated  

+ Painting:
- Dimensions 72 X 89
- On white paper kraft
- Graphite, dry pastel with shades of white to black


+ Installation supports:
- Camera (Sony, HDR-CX240E)
- Téléviseur (Polaroid, 32" LED DVBT HD 1366 X 768)
- Planned installation site 2,50 Χ 1,90 Χ 0,89

+ Final painting:
- Dimensions 39 X 51
- Old white-gold frame, an offer of St Hilaire
- One crystal 100% transparent and 92% reflective



Notebook drafts



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Dimitri CAPSIS Installations Artistiques

Dimitri CAPSIS Installations Artistiques

Dimitri CAPSIS Installations Artistiques

Dimitri CAPSIS Installations Artistiques

Dimitri CAPSIS Installations Artistiques



Paintings



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Le café du théâtre / (The theater cafeteria), 2015

119 X 35 On white paper kraft / pencil and dry pastel / old wooden frame, an offer of Paul Stutzmann in ordinary crystal

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Vers le Belvédère / (Towards Panorama), / 2014

80 X 55 / On white paper kraft / pencil and dry pastel / old wooden frame, an offer of Paul Stutzmann, without crystal

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Aeby / 2013

68 X 74 / On white paper kraft / pencil and dry pastel / old wooden frame, an offer of Paul Stutzmann, old cast crystal



Works in progress





Exhibitions



Individual exhibitions



Trait Noir, Fribourg (September 2016)

«Regarder rien que pour voir / Look only to see»



Le Tunnel, Fribourg (November 2014)  

«Mets le quartier du Bourg sous cadre / Put the Bourg square in a frame» 



Espace Kairos, Fribourg (August 2014)

«Le Bourg, 1 ère étape, Rue des Epouses / Bourg, 1st step, The Street of Wives»





Group exhibitions



Trait Noir, Fribourg  (December 2017)

«L'atelier / The atelier»



Bourg en scène, Fribourg(August 2017)

«Rencontres / Quartier du Bourg, une terre d'accueil! / Meetings - The square of Bourg, a land of welcome!»

a sketch based on a picture by Jean-Yves Piffard



Palais de Rumine, Lausanne / The palace of Rumine, Lausanne  (September 2016)

«Tirage Limité / Limited copies»



Bibliothèque Publique, Yverdon-les-Bains / Public Library, Yverdon-les-Bains (July 2016)

«Libro Libero»



Trait Noir, Fribourg (June 2016)

«Format commun 25X25 / Common dimensions 25X25»



Future exhibitions



-Group exhibition, galerie "Trait Noir", Fribourg (16 June 2018), Switzerland

Individual exhibition, galerie "Trait Noir", Fribourg (1 December 2018), Switzerland

CV



Dimitri CAPSIS
Grand-Rue 9 / 1700 Fribourg / tél (+41) 26 305 61 50 / dimcapsis@yahoo.gr / www.dimitricapsis.ch
Place of residence and work: Fribourg / Switzerland   
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STUDIES


1988 Degree (DESA’88) Honours.
1982 – 1988 Studied in the School of Architecture Paris (ESA) / France.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 


2011 – 2018 Architect in Switzerland.
1988 – 2011 Architecte in Greece.

ARTISTIC PURSUITS


NOTES
1982 – 2018 Drafts. Memoirs in written or drawing form.

INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS
September 2016 «Regarder rien que pour voir / Look only to see»
Galerie - Atelier : Trait Noir Rue du Pont Suspendu 10, Fribourg / Switzerland.
November 2014«Mets le quartier du Bourg sous cadre / Put the Bourg Square in a frame» 
Café Le Tunnel, Grand-Rue 68, Fribourg / Switzerland.
August 2014  «Le Bourg, 1ère étape, Rue des Epouses / Bourg, 1st step, The Street of Wives» 
Galerie : Espace Kairos, Rue des Epouses 7, Fribourg / Switzerland

EXPOSITIONS COLLECTIVES
December 2017«L'Atelier / The atelier»
Galerie - Atelier : Trait Noir Rue du Pont Suspendu 10, Fribourg / Switzerland.
August 2017 Bourg en scène «Rencontres / Quartier du Bourg, une terre d'accueil! / The square»
Quartier du Bourg, Fribourg / Switzerland.
septembre 2016 «Tirage Limité»
Palais de Rumine, Lausanne / Switzerland.
juillet 2016«Libro Libero»
Bibliothèque Publique, Yverdon-les-Bains / Suisse.
juin 2016«Format commun 25X25 / Common dimensions 25X25»
Galerie - Atelier : Trait Noir Rue du Pont Suspendu 10, Fribourg / Switzerland.

OTHER PURSITS
2015 – 2018 Member of the visual arts group Trait Noir (Black Line) / Fribourg / Switzerland
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2011 – 2018 Producer of olive oil in Fragavilla / Peloponnese / Greece.
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Fribourg, 13 May 2018