Opening Reception: January 15, 2011, 6-8pm
The Christopher Grimes Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of paintings by Olivier Mosset, featuring motorcycles painted and customized by Vincent Szarek and Jeffrey Schad.
For more than 40 years, Mosset has challenged the historical notion of painting as an art object. Beginning with his involvement in B.M.P.T. (a Paris-based group of painters active during the mid-1960s consisting of Daniel Buren, Mosset, Michel Parmentier, and Niele Toroni), Mosset sought to question authorship and democratize art through "radical procedures of deskilling". As each artist became identified with a specific composition, the members of the group would then sign each other's work thus calling into question the originality of the painting.
Following his affiliation with B.M.P.T., Mosset has become a pivotal figure in artistic practices spanning monochrome, abstract and 'Neo-Geo' painting. By employing variations on color, size, paint application, format and the stretch of the canvas, Mosset has continued questioning the preconceived notions of what constitutes a painting. Collaboration remains an integral aspect to his practice. For this exhibition Mosset will collaborate with Vincent Szarek and Jeffrey Schad by exhibiting their custom motorcycles.
Olivier Mosset was born in Bern, Switzerland and currently lives and works in Tucson. Mosset has exhibited extensively in galleries and museums worldwide, including a two part retrospective, Olivier Mosset: Travaux 1966-2003 at the Musee Cantonal des Beaux-Arts Lausanne and the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland. Mosset represented Switzerland in the 44th Venice Biennale, in addition to being featured in the 2008 Whitney Biennial. His personal collection of artwork is featured in the exhibition, The Artist as Collector: Olivier Mosset at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, on view through February 15, 2011.