The work of Hugo Servanin revolves around the creation of sculptures that the artist calls Géants [Giants]: hybrid beings that are firstly moulded on human bodies and then combined with an array of synthetic materials. Referencing the aesthetics of classical sculpture – busts or full bodies displayed on plinths – Servanin’s Géants take shape through purely sensitive processes, which involve expression of the visceral, fragile and ephemeral nature of bodies. These characteristics are conveyed through both the minute study of the bodies’ armatures and an empirical approach of the materials of which they are composed. Once his sculptures are formed, Servanin composes immersive installations in which, using a wide range of advanced technologies and artificial intelligence, he recreates the conditions of organic life. Acting like a scientist in his laboratory, Servanin is constantly inventing new methods to animate his sculptures; for instance, by using humidification/evaporation procedures which progressively modify their shape and surface colour, heat monitoring incubators that crackle their epidermis, ventilators that make them breathe, or complex mechanical systems distributing their body fluids. By bridging traditions of ‘good form’ with cutting-edge technologies, Servanin composes alternative environments in which are critically exposed the success and failures of the cornucopian civilization we live in.
Hugo Servanin (b. 1994, France) lives and works in Paris, FR. Selected solo exhibitions: NıCOLETTı, London (Forthcoming, 2021); Cacotopia, Annka Kultys Gallery, London, UK (2018). Selected group exhibitions: Spaced In Lost, Paris, FR (2020); Form and Volume, curated by Jens Hoffmann, Cristina Guerra, Lisbon, PT (2019); Notte Bianca, Villa Médicis, Rome, IT (2019); Maison D’histoire(s) (non) naturelle(s), NıCOLETTı, Paris, FR (2019); Artagon Live, Citée internationale des arts, Paris, FR (2019); Futures of Love, Magasins Généraux, Pantin, FR (2019); Point Contemporain, Villa Belleville, Paris, FR (2019); Le hurlement du papillon, Double Séjour, Paris, FR (2018); Dictionary of Rhymes, MI Galerie Paris, FR (2018); Loi Carrez, Appartement de Juliette Nier et Arsane Smirnov, Paris, FR (2018).