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Ode et Sonnet

Ode et Sonnet, 1990

Patrick Saytour
  • Artist (1935)

Born in 1935, Patrick Saytour studied at the School of Decorative Arts in Nice, and then at the Camondo School in Paris. In his early works, the artist revealed an interest in materials, and their application, as well as the deconstruction of form and the components of the work. He first used the technique of folding and unfolding, and emphasized the reliefs and hollows obtained. His encounter with the Supports/Surfaces group, with which he exhibited from 1969 onwards, then led him to develop an interest in the material nature of the canvas, which he started to break up and then sew from 1974 onwards in successive widths. For Saytour it was a matter of exploring different visual operations, some of which were remakes of older gestures: folds, cut-outs, collages, assemblages, coverings, boxings, slash-and-burn, all modify and transform the most diverse of materials. This was the case with the Tuilages, from 1976 onwards, where the imprints of tiles on a fabric faded by the sun question the notions of time, the creative gesture, motif and composition.  His monumental three-dimensional assemblages of the 1980s and 1990s, asserting the parody-like position of the artist, reveal the same interest in ordinary materials: linoleum, doormat, mock furs, wallpaper decorated with does, pin-up photos, etc. Here, the object responds above all to visual demands. The titles of the series which followed one another from the 1960s onward—Anniversaires, Célébrations, Commémorations, Couronnements, Noces, Noubas, Monuments, etc.—call for festiveness, but underpin a line of thinking about the status of the work, the role played by colour in composition, and the onlooker’s eye. Patrick Saytour’s works have been exhibited in Europe, the United States and Asia. They are present in most major collections, public and private alike.

Nadine Labedade