Marco Dessardo is a sculptor. All around the world.
When invited, he comes with a project and a limited set of tools. After a reasonable moment of wandering and drinking coffees, he inserts his creation made of local material. Most of the time, the project is executed, but the output is always unexpected, highly influenced by local context.
Most often the sculpture turns out to be a house, sort of. Or a long stuff, a link with, even floating sometimes... other stuff.
As a conclusion, he tries to make films on the spot. To tell stories. When photos and films are uploaded to dessardo.com, the sculpture is declared completed.
Diploma: Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris in 1984
Languages: French, English, Italian, Spanish, Dutch
Marco Dessardo was born in Belgium to Italian parents. He was educated as a stone sculptor in Brussels and Paris.
He lived for some years in Lucainena de las Torres, in the Andalusian mountains, working on local Spanish marble. The sculptures were painted and glued, being exhibited in Madrid
(catalog Galería Bárcena & Cía), Paris (Chromolithes), and Brussels (catalog Atelier 34O).
Back to France in 1993 and facing real estate problems, he focused on a series of Foldable and Disposable sculptures in his Rungis studio located in Paris in the middle of a recycling factory. During this period some artworks were not insured during the exhibitions because insurance companies are not used to deal with «disposable» objects. The disposable theme continued on later with the Junk Trail, the organization of a recycling art system of junk produced by the activities of local artists over the previous 10 years. A still active bazaar (catalog KQ Series by IPark Foundation, Inc. Connecticut, USA).
Because his sculptures were progressively becoming too big to be easily moved, he began
larger site specific works built in-situ. Having opportunities to exhibit in various different outdoor places around the world, like China, Lapland, Mexico, The Netherlands, Cuba, Korea, Germany, Chili, his work became more and more influenced by local context. Focusing on the context, some themes developed, one of them was to do As Local People Do. To be inspired by local constructions without necessarily revealing the original purpose. Integration to a context for a sculptor may be copying local forms (catalog Inserts, SSIS, France).
Later, back in galleries, the question was how to be site specific in a gallery: transcending the white cube (catalog Wasserstand, Kunsverein Ingolstadt, Germany) or copying the behavior of a local artist (catalog Local, Office d'Art Contemporain, Brussels).
The context becoming a leading purpose, he had stories to tell around each work and each
place. These stories or fictions are recorded in small movies with the installation as subject or pretext. These movies became part of the installations - that he continues to name sculptures - and are screened on site.
When not traveling for his work, Dessardo now resides nearby Paris in a small village. There, when he doesn’t rest, he works every day on drawings, making a logbook.
SITE SPECIFIC SCULPTURES AND PUBLIC INSTALLATIONS
- Éloge de la Fuite, a sculpture integrated to new building of the Bruegel Cultural Center, Brussels, Belgium (catalog)
Lento, a boat built to escape from Archipelago Art Residence in Korpoo, Finland
- The Loudspeakers, Tsukuba International Art-in-Residence, Tsukuba, Japan
Extend (the desire), installation at the Neuer Worpsweder Kunstverein, Worpswede, Germany
- Prosthesis, Abiko International Open-Air Exhibition, Abiko, Chiba, Japan
Copy, Ölspur exhibition, sculpture installed in the Bayernoil Raffineriegesellschaft, Neustadt an der Donau, Germany
- Extension de Poulailler, sculpture et vidéo réalisés pour les Conviviales de Nannay, à Nannay, France
Water Breathing Sculpture, homenage to Bettie E. Bates for Ralph Crispino, East Haddam, Connecticut, USA
Gargouilles, gargouilles métalliques et pompes à eau installées dans la chai de la mairie de Creysse pour la biennale Ephémère et les Rives de l’Art, Creysse, France (catalogue)
Becoming a YATOO Artist and Gargoyles, two installations created during the YATOO Nature Art Residence in Wongol, South Korea (catalogue)
Essai d’Installation à Wattwiller, ma maison sur la cascade et sa vidéo, pour La Fête de l’Eau à Wattwiller,
Wattwiller, France (catalogue)
- Local, an installation of a sixty meters iron foldable structure and two videos in the Office d'Art Contemporain gallery in Brussels, Belgium (solo, catalogue)
- Proto-Gonzo Opening, art works created under Proto-Gonzo rules with Benoît Félix, Sonia Megìas, Thomas Neumaier, Nick Normal, and Pat van Boeckel in I-Park Foundation, East Haddam, Connecticut, USA
Dix Goulottes et un Parasite pour les Rives de l’Art sur l’escalier d’écluses de Tuilières-Mouleydier, France
A Zone is created for the Tschernobyl 25 Expeditionen exhibition in the Westwendischen Kunstvereins in Gartow, Germany
- Creation of the Junk Trail, a new order in the junk of I-Park Foundation, East Haddam, Connecticut, USA
As Local People Do, installation for the Out Of Space symposium in Rottige Meente, Nijetrijne, Friesland, The Netherlands
- Construction and installation of the Wheelbridge on the Height Mile River in I-Park, East Haddam, Connecticut, USA
Osougil Project, International Art Festival, Mobilosan, Daeryong, South Korea
A Waterfall for Open House event in I-Park, East Haddam, Connecticut, USA
Conduites Forcées pour le Parcours des Fées, Crévoux, Hautes Alpes, France
- Residence for future projects: Bridge on the Height Mile River in I-Park, East Haddam, Connecticut, USA
I-Park Residence, Thanks to the Pipes, East Haddam, Connecticut, USA
Erddach, for the Nature art symposium in Institut für Kunst und Handwerk, Kloster Lehnin, Germany
Kiekzog Residence, Waterloop, Flevoland, The Nederlands
Invitation Land Art In Situ 03, Camouflage, Camargue, France
- I-Park Residence, Stylite Exodus, East Haddam, Connecticut, USA
Relief for the Zhongkun Invest Culture Group, To The Death, Beijing, China
Festival Chemin d’Art, La Gouttière du Pont, Saint Flour, France
Inselsommer Festival, Exodus am Rhein, Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany
Kunstverein Gallery, Wasserstand, Ingolstadt, Germany
Festival des Jardins Métissés, Irrigation Anglaise, Wesserling, France
- Busan Biennale, Sea Art Festival, biennale first jury’s prize, Penta & Stone, Busan, Korea
Geumgang Nature Art Biennale, Mul Gil, Kongju, Korea
Fête de mai, Aqueduc, Gesves, Belgium
- Yusi Paradize International Sculpture Symposium, Pan-Ta, Shanghai, China
Luleå Summer Biennial, Superbricks, biennial’s first prize, Luleå, Sweden
Parque Cementerio de Carretas, Centro de Extracción de Cadenas Parasísmicas, Putaendo, Chile
PERSONAL AND COLLECTIVE EXHIBITIONS
- Parcours d’Eau, exposition temporaire de plein air avec Léo Copers, Isabelle Copet, Marco Dessardo, Kris
Fierens, Benoît Félix, Florian Kiniques, Philippe Luyten et Jacques Patrisan, château de Seneffe, Belgique
- Courage Fuyons! an exhibition with drawings and sculptures, organised in the Bruegel Cultural Center, with Celia
Dessardo, Caroline Gehu, Manon Brûlé, Sarah Brûlé, and Marco Dessardo in Brussels, Belgium (catalogue)
- Borderline answer video installation, invited by Benoît Félix, Kaaistudio «Permormatik» expo, The Brussels Performance Art Festival, Belgium
- Présentation de la vidéo Borderline Remake, invité dans l’exposition de Benoît Félix «Jeux de Jambes» à la Galerie Détour, Jambes, Belgique
- Geumgang Nature Art Pre-biennale, «Horizontally Growing Trees», Kongju, Korea (catalogue)
Espaï, Borderline video installation, Benoît Félix / Marco Dessardo, Brusssels, Belgium
Kunstverein Gallery, invited with the video Borderline Remake in Benoît Félix's Ränder exhibition, Ingolstadt, Germany
Neuer Worpsweder Kunstverhein, kleinaberKunst, invited by Martin Wosswinkel, Worpswede, Germany
«En Avant expo», Geneesherenhuis, invited by Benoît Félix and Nicolas Baeyens, Antwerpen, Belgium
Atelierausstellung invited by Martin Wosswinkel, Oyten, Germany
«Ateliers d’épHémères», Les Rives de l’Art, curated by Annie Wolff, Monbazillac, France
- Tag City - Tower’s Art Galleries, «L’enfer du décor», invited by Benoît Félix, Etienne Tilman curator, Brussels, Belgium
Curator of Proto-Gonzo, an art project based on collaboration, interdisciplinarity and experiment hosted by I-Park Foundation, East Haddam, Connecticut, USA
- I-Park Foundation, foreshadowing «Thanatopolis Exhibition», East Haddam, USA
- Geumgang Nature Art Pre-biennale, «Nature and Peace», Kongju, Korea
Bozar, «L’Union Fait la Forme», Brussels, Belgium
- Geumgang Nature Art Pre-biennale, «Nature in Mind», Kongju, Korea (catalogue)
Geumgang Nature Art Pre-biennale, «Nature Scopes», Kongju, Korea (catalogue)
Belgicarium: «.be-autiful», «l’auto-dérision de la nation belge», Jette, Belgium
Kunstverein: «Wasserstand», site specific video exhibition and sculpture installation, Ingolstadt, Germany (solo)
- Chapelle Saint-Louis de la Salpêtrière: «Mouvements» Paintings and Sculptures, Paris, France
Garden of the van Buuren Museum: «Sculptures-Beeldhouwwerken», Bruxelles, Belgique (catalogue)