sketches, drafts and artistic installations
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.
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
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
119 X 35 On white paper kraft / pencil and dry pastel / old wooden frame, an offer of Paul Stutzmann in ordinary crystal
80 X 55 / On white paper kraft / pencil and dry pastel / old wooden frame, an offer of Paul Stutzmann, without crystal
68 X 74 / On white paper kraft / pencil and dry pastel / old wooden frame, an offer of Paul Stutzmann, old cast crystal
a sketch based on a picture by Jean-Yves Piffard
Dimitri CAPSIS Grand-Rue 9 / 1700 Fribourg / tél (+41) 26 305 61 50 / firstname.lastname@example.org / www.dimitricapsis.ch Place of residence and work: Fribourg / Switzerland