David de Tscharner

Living in Brussels since 2001, Swiss artist David de Tscharner belongs to this new
generation of artists, who multiplies the ways of expression from installation to
publishing, but it is through sculpture that the artist asserts himself progressively.

During the first period of his work he developed a visual language marked by the
catastrophe, a metaphor of his personal tragedies. Portraits covered with modeling
clay, atomic mushroom clouds made out of cotton balls, drawings of crashes
integrating the name of his lost lovers: he tried many plastic experiences, which
allowed him to slowly quit an illustrative background and immerse himself in a more
abstract environment, where the concept of catastrophe integrated the process of
creation itself. Guided by materials, colors and movements of abandoned objects,
which he collects during his trips, he now creates small polychrome and singular
sculptures that he classifies temporally or geographically.

One Sculpture a Day Keeps the Doctor Away is with no doubt the artist’s more representative
work and illustrates his thought process and practice. During a year, David de Tscharner posted
one image ofa sculpture every day on a blog. The group of images has evolved into an exhibition
where the 366 sculptures were presented on big wooden shelves. The installation puts
the viewer in a sort of ideal department store, where the reminiscence of our lost
memories would all be reunited.

From the sensationalist language quoted earlier, David de Tscharner has kept the
energy and the will to share it with the others. His approach has now integrated a sort
of raw, nearly animist relationship to the objects mixed to a conceptual exactitude that
links his work to many references, from tourism to situationism.