Claudia Comte

Claudia Comte (b. 1983) is a Swiss artist based in Berlin, Germany. Her work is defined by her interest on the memory of materials and by a careful observation of how the hand relates to different technologies.

Skinny Kenny, 2018
Carrara marble
320 x 70 x 30 cm

Did you know that permanently frozen wood is still very well preserved after 2–4000 years? that wood „remembers“ the climate conditions of the planet? But even stones are not what they seem. Marble entails the Oceans, life under water is crystallized and it would be inaccurate to see this material as hard, since it is liquid at its core. Carving by hand, or scaring or 3D printing all are functions of a knowledge that sculpture possesses and shares with all of us every time a new piece comes to life. What we need to learn is how to see -in every pattern, and, object- an environment, oxygen, the way the conditions of our planet modify the materials.

Comte studied at the Ecole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne, ECAL (2004-2007) followed by a Masters of Art in Science of Education at Haute Ecole Pédagogique, Visual Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland (2008-2010). Her body of work is best known for her site-specific installations. The artist’s practice is guided by a distinct rule-measurement system of her own creation, wherein each artwork specifically relates to one another. Comte’s minimalist approach to art making is equal parts methodical and dynamic; works are infused with a distinct sense of playfulness. Her artistic output incorporates a diverse range of mediums from sculpture, to painting, to various multimedia installations.

Claudia Comte has shown her work in solo and group exhibitions including; Zigzags and Diagonals, MOCA Cleveland (2018), Swiss Performance Now, Kunsthalle Basel (2018), KölnSkulpture #9, Köln (2017), La Ligne Claire, Basement Roma (2017), NOW I WON, Messeplatz, Art Basel (2017), 10 Rooms, 40 Walls, 1059 m2, Kunstmuseum Luzern (2017), DesertX, Palm Springs, Catch The Tail By The Tiger, König Galerie, Berlin (2016), The Language of Things, with the Public Art Fund, New York (2016), NO MELON NO LEMON, Gladstone Gallery, New York (2015), Easy Heavy III, Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich (2014), Sharp Sharp at David Dale Gallery, Glasgow (2014), If I were a rabbit, where would I keep my gloves?, BolteLang (2013) and Elevation 1049, Gstaad (2013).


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