'Eau Sauvage' is an exhibition of contemporary London, Lausanne and Geneva based artists, initially conceived for the Lucy Mackintosh Gallery in Lausanne, Switzerland, where 'Eau Sauvage' part I took place in March 2006.
On one hand 'Eau Sauvage' refers to Christian Dior's famous fragrance for men, making us think of the artists in this show as international 'jet set' signifiers. Cultural commodities producing objects of luxury and desire.
On the other hand the word 'sauvage' echoes the "Museum of Art Brut" in Lausanne; referring to the artist as 'the outsider'; obsessive and
reclusive. Here meaning does not travel or translate well, like universal road signs or travellers cheques. It is hermetically caged and sealed.
The debate that arises from this duality hinges on how contemporary art performs a balancing act between both of these worlds. Between
communication and incomprehension. Between what's internal and what's external. Personal knowledge and shared knowledge. 'Eau Sauvage' is the modern 'brut' a theoretical and actual hybrid of these two worlds.
The overall look of the show is intended to be more like a museum boutique, rather than a gallery. A 'Duty Free' art zone. Things lurking round corners; hung low and high, next to each other as we rush by in transit to our next destination.
Juan Bolivar, Mauro Bonacina, Nick Dawes, Matt Franks, Clare Gasson, Mathew Gooding, Haruhi Hayashi, Sam Herbert, Andy Hsu, Julian
Hughes Watts, Hiroe Komai, Lee Maelzer, Pamela Richardson & Kevin Smith, John Richert, John Stark, Julie Verhoeven, Richard Wathen, Laura White, Neil Zakiewicz