Bio

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Philippe Safire (born in Royan, France) studied Visual Arts at the Center for the Digital Arts in Peekskill, New York. Safire’s art installations explore the digital presence in our lives. Much of his work combines the projection of an animation onto a sculpture assembled with acrylic, vinyl, or styrene. By pursuing a reductive approach, the artist favors the simplicity of the form. Philippe Safire constructs a pixelated world extracted from screens, which emerges into a physical space. As a result, the artist plays with the subtle frontier between reality and imagination, inviting the viewer to participate in immersive experiences. Safire’s art installations seem to hover in a transitional state, suspended in time, encompassed by flickering lights.

Philippe Safire situates his work as part of New Media Art—a profound creative shift akin to the Renaissance—which he views as an opportunity to invent new forms to examine the artistic issues of the era. Nevertheless, the art of Philippe Safire also critiques what it celebrates. Although some pieces express the ecstasy humans feel for digital experiences, others highlight losses attendant on the forces of progress. Through his pixel compositions, Safire addresses the themes of heritage, culture, and decay in the context of the Digital Age.

Philippe Safire lives and works in New York City.

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EXHIBITIONS
2017, SUFFRAGE NOW!, Group show, curated by Kathleen Reckling, ArtsWestchester Gallery
White Plains, New York

2015, STEAM3, Group show, curated by Derek Woodgate, Centennial Hall,
Atlanta, Georgia

2014, STEAM, Group show, curated by Patricia Miranda, ArtsWestchester Gallery
White Plains, New York

2014, 20 Years of Technology & Arts Education, Group show, curated by Deborah Krikun, Center for the Digital Arts,
Peekskill, New York

2012, Mappathon, Group show, REVERSE Gallery
Brooklyn, New York

2012, Now! Visual Culture, curated by Nicholas Mirzoeff, New York University Conference & The International Association For Visual Culture
New York, New York

2012, Viking Film Festival, Film Festival, Davis Auditorium, The Gateway Center
Valhalla, New York

2011, Curate NYC, Online shows, curated by Kevin Stayton, Laurie Ann Farrell,
Melanie Franklin Cohn, Audrey Frank Anastasi & Joseph Anastasi
New York, New York

2011, dig.it.all, Film & Animation Festival, Paramount Center for the Arts & the New Media Group
Peekskill, New York

2011, Graphic Works, Group show, Center for the Digital Arts
Peekskill, New York

2010, Digital Imaging, Group show, Fine Arts Gallery, Westchester Community College
Valhalla, New York

2007, The Preview / A Digital Experience…, Solo exhibition, O’Keefe Productions
New York, New York

2001, Soccer, Solo exhibition, Apexus Consulting
Paris, France

BIBLIOGRAPHY
2016, Under The Radar, by ArtSlant Team
ArtSlant, New York

2014, BX200, The Bronx Visual Artist Database, Online publication curated by Laura James & Valeri Larko
Bronx, New York

2014, STEAM Art, Made By Makers, Nick Normal
Make: Magazine

2014, STEAM, Exhibtion catalogue, illustrations, text by Patricia Miranda, Janet Langsam, George D. Yancopoulos & Sherry Mayo, ArtsWestchester
White Plains, New York

2014, Manifeste des Arts Immersifs, Book, text by Anaïs Bernard & Bernard Andrieu, Presses Universitaires de Nancy – Editions Universitaires de Lorraine
Nancy, France

2013, Artist Interview: Philippe Safire, Brooklyn Art Project
Brooklyn, New York

2013, Making Sense of The Digital: Philippe Safire Examines Culture Through The Lens of Technology, Delia Reyes
VICE Magazine + Intel’s The Creators Project

2012, The Romance Behind Philippe Safire’s Installation, Article in Faena Sphere
Faena Arts Center, Bueno Aires

2011, International Voices, Annual publication of writing & artwork
Westchester Community College, Valhalla, New York

2011, MoMA PS1 / Studio Visit, Artist’s statement, biography & artwork
www.ps1.org

2007, The Preview by Philippe Safire, Catalogue, text by Mark Stence, illustrations

RELATED PROFESSIONNAL EXPERIENCE
2012–2014, Artist’s Assistant, Paula Hayes Studio,
Brooklyn, New York

2011, Artist’s Assistant, Internship, Rina Banerjee Studio,
New York, New York

2011, Gallery Assistant, Internship, Mary Boone Gallery,
New York, New York

WORKSHOP
2012, Mappathon, Projection Mapping Workshop
Brooklyn, New York

AWARDS
2011, Curate NYC, Selected by leading Curators including Kevin Stayton, Chief Curator at the Brooklyn Museum