DE | EN

Verena–Conzett–Strasse 7
8004 Zurich
Currently only on appointment

T +41 44 241 53 00
info@edition-vfo.ch
Newsletter

Barbara Davatz

*1944 Zurich, lives in Steg

  • «BAR», 2020
  • Heliogravure
  • Edition of: 30
  • Size of image: 22,50 cm x 34,00 cm
  • Size: 38,50 cm x 49,50 cm
  • Production: Arno Hassler, Moutier
  • CHF 440.00
  • available
  • Inquiry

This edition by Barbara Davatz is a picture from the previously unpublished series "Travel Notes". As the title suggests, the selection brings together photographs taken on the road or on journeys.

As the photographer says: "I have always enjoyed and been delighted when I discovered linguistic or typographic "oddities" while travelling. I then photographed them in order to take them home as souvenirs. This 45-part series of pictures, taken between 1975 and 1985, is about communication with the foreigner in the country - the tourist - whom you want to inform or entice ... Some of the pictures are funny, some are mysterious, and in some pictures you project stories."

The subject "Bar" follows on from two earlier VFO editions - "Total" and "Gleis 13" - by also suggesting a "story". The subject of the new edition is also characterized by a "poetic uneventfulness", a quiet mischievousness and a certain melancholy.

+ more- less
  • Himmel und Erde I/2017
  • Heliogravure
  • Edition of: 40
  • Size of image: 17,30 cm x 25,50 cm
  • Size: 27,50 cm x 35,50 cm
  • Production: Arno Hassler, Moutier
  • CHF 320.00
  • available
  • Inquiry
  • Himmel und Erde II/2017
  • Heliogravure
  • Edition of: 40
  • Size of image: 17,30 cm x 25,50 cm
  • Size: 27,50 cm x 35,50 cm
  • Production: Arno Hassler, Moutier
  • CHF 320.00
  • available
  • Inquiry
  • Himmel und Erde III/2017
  • Heliogravure
  • Edition of: 40
  • Size of image: 17,30 cm x 25,50 cm
  • Size: 27,50 cm x 35,50 cm
  • Production: Arno Hassler, Moutier
  • CHF 320.00
  • available
  • Inquiry
  • Himmel und Erde IV/2017
  • Heliogravure
  • Edition of: 40
  • Size of image: 17,30 cm x 25,50 cm
  • Size: 27,50 cm x 35,50 cm
  • Production: Arno Hassler, Moutier
  • CHF 320.00
  • available
  • Inquiry

Series

  • Alle 4 Arbeiten (I-IV/2017)
  • Edition of: 40
  • Production: Arno Hassler, Moutier
  • CHF 1200.00
  • available
  • Inquiry

The photographer became known for her portrait series. In earlier VFO editions, the motifs (with one exception) were always landscapes, as are now the new heliogravures. The pictures are from the 23-part photo series "Heaven and Earth", which the artist took during ten years of travelling. She reduces the landscapes to the elementary, to sky, earth and water; the latter in different forms: Sea, lake, fog, clouds. A melancholy tone runs through the series, an expression of an occupation with the fragility of the earth's resources. But the photographer is always concerned with a "visual lust", with astonishment at what is seen, with beauty, with the mysterious that shimmers behind the supposedly simple. Barbara Davatz's pictures, whether portraits or views, are characterized by formal austerity, clarity, calm and a certain simplicity - a poetic uneventfulness.

+ more- less
  • "TOTAL" 1984/2011
  • Heliogravure
  • Edition of: 45
  • Size of image: 26,50 cm x 39,50 cm
  • Size: 47,50 cm x 63,00 cm
  • Production: Arno Hassler, Moutier
  • CHF 380.00
  • Sold
  • Inquiry
  • "Gleis 13" 1976/2011
  • Heliogravure
  • Edition of: 40
  • Size of image: 12,20 cm x 18,00 cm
  • Size: 30,00 cm x 40,00 cm
  • Production: Arno Hassler, Moutier
  • CHF 280.00
  • Sold
  • Inquiry

To "TOTAL": "As we drive on the Peloponnese at dusk, an object appears on the left - five white cubes of unequal brightness, each with a letter on it, the thing supported by two posts. But no gas station. Nothing. The image, the word, this fleeting moment does not let go of me. After a short drive on, I ask my friend to turn back. I take the Leica in my hand, get out, set the aperture and the time in semi-darkness, and then... ...a single car pulls up. I pull the trigger and am grateful for the picture that was given to me."

The artist explains to "Gleis 13": "A middle-aged man and a middle-aged woman hugging each other at night in a train station. At their feet are a suitcase and a small dog. Is it a farewell? Or a greeting? A reunion after a drama that has been overcome or after a long separation? Does the track number promise luck - or not? It's one in the morning. I'm on my way. The last train has just arrived in Zurich. But you don't really need to know - any more than you need to know what night café a person in a picture by Edward Hopper is sitting in."

+ more- less
  • Maigrün 1/2011
  • Inkjet printing
  • Edition of: 35
  • Size of image: 20,00 cm x 26,70 cm
  • Size: 30,50 cm x 39,70 cm
  • Production: Ursula Heidelberger, Zurich
  • CHF 280.00
  • available
  • Inquiry
  • Maigrün 2/2011
  • Inkjet printing
  • Edition of: 35
  • Size of image: 20,00 cm x 26,70 cm
  • Size: 30,50 cm x 39,70 cm
  • Production: Ursula Heidelberger, Zurich
  • CHF 280.00
  • available
  • Inquiry
  • Maigrün 3/2011
  • Inkjet printing
  • Edition of: 35
  • Size of image: 20,00 cm x 26,70 cm
  • Size: 30,50 cm x 39,70 cm
  • Production: Ursula Heidelberger, Zurich
  • CHF 280.00
  • available
  • Inquiry

Series

  • Alle 3 Arbeiten (1-3/2011) zusammen
  • Edition of: 35
  • Production: Ursula Heidelberger, Zurich
  • CHF 760.00
  • available
  • Inquiry

The message of the month of May is clear: everything turns green. In the first weeks of spring, beech, oak, ash, maple, elm, hazel bush... ...with the same color, "May green". Barbara Davatz has captured this colour experience in a series of 20 pictures, of which the VFO is bringing out a group of three sheets. The artist is known for her serial and conceptual works. For example, she has portrayed couples over a period of several years ("As Time Goes By", 1982/88/97) or examined the aesthetics of self-portrayal of a particular professional group ("Beauty lies within. Portraits from a globalised fashion world", 2007). The sudden greening of the trees, the intensive color space, has always fascinated the artist. For some years now she has been documenting this overwhelming phenomenon. The pictures, like all her serial works, are characterized by a factual and precise aesthetic. The pictures were taken under an overcast sky, in diffuse light. The absence of (harsh) sunlight reduces the range of contrast, so that the leaf green can appear even more uniform, even monochrome. On the one hand, "Maigrün" allows us to participate in the aesthetics of nature, but on the other hand it also opens up an inspiring (wide) field for individual interpretations and mental wanderings (Grün/green as symbol in politics and religion, as a symbol of life and hope).

+ more- less