The world of the night has the magical power to disrupt our bearings. David Weishaar uses this confusion of the senses to express his own perception through his paintings.

Placed under the aegis of the Moon, the artist materializes the diversity of its light spectrum. Sometimes illuminating his nocturnal compositions as if in broad daylight, the light of the satellite tends to fade away, leaving the colors to fade away in turn as the darkness sets in. It is in this semi-darkness that the artist points out the ability of our eyes, to become accustomed to seeing forms and details emerge little by little. By integrating, through color, a certain temporality in the apprehension of these intimate scenes, the artist pursues his pictorial reflection in the representation of his protagonists and motifs between erasure and appearance.

The painter  recreates imaginary landscapes and portraits from his solitary nocturnal wanderings, a fully personal vision in which plants and living beings metamorphose once the darkness sets in. It is therefore not surprising to find in David Weishaar's paintings moths that generate their own light: a light that is so radiant, even fluorescent, that it almost seems to vibrate before our eyes and give life to these still lives. Or it is not uncommon to observe trees illuminated by delicate flowers, taking on the appearance of a starry sky. Thus, under the artist's brush, these beings, naturally destined to disappear, become eternal.

As for the characters, who might be thought to be imperturbable, they are transformed in turn, once night has fallen: the skin of their faces takes on cosmic colors, their eyes become brilliant, their gaze subtly fixes us. They advance alone in the half-light thanks to their self-luminosity, like modern vampires. 

By identifying with this fantastic figure, the artist makes an implicit link with his personal history as a queer person. The artist, by using this metaphor, deplores the intolerance and rejection that queer people still face today. By choosing the figure of the vampire, David Weishaar translates plastically and poetically the progressive transition of bodies. For in parallel to these moths with their ephemeral lives, the protagonists undergo a transformation that ultimately elevates them to a certain eternity.

Elsa Meunier


David Weishaar (B. 1987 Haguenau, France)
Lives and Works in Lausanne, Switzerland


CV

education

2013 - Master of Visual Arts. European Art Ensemble. ECAL. Lausanne (CH)

2011 - Bachelor of Visual Arts. ECAL. Lausanne (CH)

2009 - Licence of Visual Arts. UDS. Strasbourg (FR)


solo/duo shows (selected)

2022  - Uranus Skin. Galerie Mighela Shama. Genève (CH)

             - The Rose Is Without 'Why'. Kali Gallery Lucerne (CH)

2021  - Bright Shadows. Galleria Daniele Agostini. Lugano (CH)

2020 - The Night. As part of the Swiss Art Awards 2020. Ateliers de Bellevaux. Lausanne (CH)

             -  Obscured By Clouds. Studio Binichain. Geneva (CH)

             - Lieber Maler Male Mir (with Jessica Russ). La Ferme de la Chapelle. Lancy (CH)

2018  - Rayon Vert (with Jessica Russ). Cabinet Gailloud-Matthieu. Lausanne (CH)

2017  - Presque Ombre. Galerie Kiss The Design. Lausanne (CH)

2015  - Speculum. Espace d’art La Placette. Lausanne (CH)


group shows (selected)

2022 - Room Période. La Placette. Lausanne (CH)

               Curated by Collectif Détente

2021  - Element Universel. Laurence and Friends. Genève (CH)

2020 - Swiss Made II. Galerie Ribordy Thetaz. Genève (CH)

             - Endless Summer. Galerie Sabine Bayasli. Paris (FR)

             - Des Seins A Dessein 2020/Fondation Francine Delacrétaz. Espace Arlaud. Lausanne (CH)

2018 - The Owls Are Not What They Seem. Galerie Heinser-Reszler. Lausanne (CH)

               Curated by Olivia Fahmy.

            - Solitudes Molles Sous La Lumière Bleue. Espace Témoin. Genève (CH)

               Curated by Gabrielle Boder, Léonor Després, Tadeo Kohan, Anouk Schumacher

2017 - De La Lumière De Cendre. ZQM. Berlin (GE)

              Curated by Ascanio Cecco

           - Post-Apocalyptic Holidays. Quartier Général. Chaux-de-Fonds (CH)

2016 - Novembre à Vitry. Galerie Jean-Collet. Paris (FR)

            - La Grande Place. Centre d’Art Contemporain. Yverdon (CH)

              Curated by Karine Tissot

            - 100 HUE. Local d’Art Contemporain. Vevey (CH)

2014 - Vrombissement Dans La Chambre À Coucher. Selecta. Nyon (CH)

               Curated by Barbara Ciampa, Florian Luthy

            - You Only Live Once. Galerie Da Mihi. Berne (CH)

            - Murmurial. Curtat Tunnel. Lausanne (CH)

              Curated Mélodie Mousset

            - I Really Lov U (with Jaz Ayling). Espace d’art Saint-Valentin. Lausanne (CH)

2013 - Rires Et Bâillements. La Maison du Vallon. Lausanne (CH)

              Curated by Collectif Arte Della Tavola

           - Monade Nomade. Les Docks. Lausanne (CH)

              Curated by Collectif Arte Della Tavola

           - Colon Cannibal. Démart. Lausanne (CH)

              Curated by Collectif Arte Della Tavola

2012 - Neo-Maso. Sylvie Fleury's Studio. Genève (CH)

            - Le Retranchement. Le Manoir. Martigny (CH)

              Curated by Valentin Carron, Stéphanie Moisdon


awards and residencies

2020 - Finalist in the art category, Swiss Art Awards 2020

2019 - Berlin, 6 month residency assigned by Etat de Vaud (CH)

- First and second Art Price assigned by Concours AMP, Musée de Pully (CH)


collections

- Crédit Suisse

- Ville de Lausanne

- Villa Bernasconi

- Musée d'Art de Pully


publications

2021 - Dans les yeux d'Elsa / https://danslesyeuxdelsa.com/david-weishaar 

2019 - Art Verge / https://art-verge.com/2019/04/11/david-weishaar-green-narcissus/

2018 - Le 24heures / https://www.24heures.ch/culture/arts-visuels/david-weishaar-new-peinture-figurative/story/22252646

2017 - Lausanne Contemporain, Guide Vol. IV, Collectif FLAC

2016 - The Art Factory Magazine, Paris

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