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Solo show: Olivier Mosset - Paintings and dots (over)

22 March 2008 until 4 May 2008
  Olivier Mosset - Paintings and dots
Olivier Mosset
  Galerie van Gelder

Galerie van Gelder
Planciusstraat 9 / A
1013 MD Amsterdam
Netherlands (city map)

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Olivier Mosset is known for his large, monochrome canvasses, two of which are now to be seen in the exhibition 'Paintings and dots' in Galerie van Gelder. A significant part of his work is about boundaries, limits and particularly the denial of these. Colour and non-colour, flatness and depth are evoked through juxtaposing monochrome areas, similar-looking canvasses hanging in the same space. Art and non-art are part of his work. It is a search for meanings in differences that are of no significance. The importance of indifference plays a major role in the choices that Olivier Mosset makes; everything is possible as long as a few conditions are met. This is a paradox. Once a canvas is finished we can immediately speak of an added possibility. In a subsequent work or a subsequent exhibition yet another step is made which can be negative or affirmative. Or something new is added that is of no significance as a 'novelty'. That's where his adventure lies.

In the 1960s the Fluxus ideologist George Maciunas promoted Fluxus in New York, and later in Europe, by organising happenings and concerts, as well as by distributing multiples, often without the knowledge or express permission of the artist. After several requests in vain to make something with circles he produced a few Fluxus boxes containing handmade red confetti. On the box it says "Flux dots by Mosset Total Art Nice". Olivier Mosset has included this unacknowledged work in his 'Paintings and dots' exhibition. By photographing the pieces of confetti from the red Fluxus box and making them into a new piece, he has appropriated a work that is not by him. An unauthorized work is thus disaffirmed so that it becomes his again. Mosset's comment on this piece: "I don't feel in any way that I'm a Fluxus artist - I've nothing to do with it."

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