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Servane Mary

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Birth year

Lives in
Paris and New York

Works in
Paris and New York

ENSAD, Paris, 1999

press release

In her first solo exhibition in the United States, Double Happiness, Parisian artist, Servane Mary, investigates the nature and emotional power of images of women, by closely examining the use and representation of happiness and ecstasy as applied by the world of advertising. Painted in tempera and oil on wood panels, these media driven visages are compared and contrasted with images based on documentary photographs from the late 19th century that chronicle the emotional states of women incarcerated in the Hospital de la Salpetriere outside of Paris. In many cases, the viewer cannot identify the source, resulting in an unsettling and ambiguous meeting of beauty and allure, euphoria and the anguish of human suffering. Truth and fiction become interchangeable parts of Mary's beatific tableau.

In this work, the purely aesthetic issues of gesture and color are heightened by the internal conflict of the subject, the human figure. Photographic images are transformed through the activity of painting. Such is the 21st century context of Servane Mary. The historical tradition of figuration is sustained, rupturing the practice in which contemporary images are reproduced by the thousands, inevitably resulting in a loss of meaning. Mary's subtle and skillful visual vocabulary is not about a formal perfection of the body, line or face, but rather, the emotional as conveyed through the plastic life of expanding and receding color and surface itself.

Double Happiness will be on view at DF2 Gallery from July 14-August 25, 2007. 

Opening reception is July 14, 6-8 pm. 

DF2 Gallery is at 314 N. Crescent Heights Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, tel 323.782.9404




1995-1999  ENSAD, Paris


2008  Galerie Maisonneuve, Paris, France

2008  Martos Gallery, New York, New York

2008  Haas&Fischer Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

2007  DF2 Gallery, Los Angeles, California


2007  Haas&Fischer, the FIAC, Paris, France

2007  Alona Kagan Gallery, New York, New York

2006  Haas&Fischer, "This Ain't no Karaoke," Zurich, Switzerland

2006  Anne de Villepoix, "Helter Helter," Paris, France

2006  Galerie Maisonneuve, Paris, France

2005  Alona Kagan Gallery, "Women on the Verge," New York, New York


2006  Philippe Dagen, "Helter, Helter," Le Monde, June 17

2006  Valerie Duponchelle, "Erik Parker, DJ de l'art contemporain," Le Figaro, July 10

2006  Glanzlichter der woche, Kunst, September 20

2006  Claudia Herstatt, "Karaoke im Arbeiterviertel," Der Tagesspiegel, September 9

2005  The L Magazine, "Women on the Verge," March 2




Recent Exhibits

Servane Mary participated in these exhibits:

Jan, 2015 Mary / Miller / Mosset / Overton
Triple V
Jan, 2014 Shakti
Brand New Gallery
Jan, 2014 Social Photography III / Book Release
carriage trade
Dec, 2013 Social Photography III - An Exhibition of Cell Phone Photographs
carriage trade
Dec, 2013 PISTON HEAD: Artists Engage the Automobile
1111 Lincoln Road
Jul, 2013 LAT. 41° 7' N., LONG. 72° 19' W
Martos Gallery Summer Location
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