Biography

Claudia Comte (b.1983, Switzerland) is based in Berlin and Grancy.

Comte is best known for her site-specific installations, featuring wooden sculptural forms set against graphic, abstract wall paintings. Comte creates a unique, rule-based measurement system for each new body of work so that every piece relates to a particular scale. Despite such regimented schemes, Comte’s pieces are imbued with a sense of playfulness, humor and irreverence, puncturing the solemn atmosphere connected with minimalism.

Selected solo and group shows include: NO LEMON NO MELON, Gladstone Gallery, New York, (2015); Easy Heavy III, Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich (2014), Sharp Sharp, David Dale Gallery, Glasgow (2014), If I were a rabbit, where would I keep my gloves?, BolteLang, Zurich (2013); Scantione-Tensione, Swiss Institute of Rome, Rome (2011); Elevation 1049, curated by Neville Wakefield, Gstaad (2013); Post-Op. Perceptual Gone Painterly / Du perceptuel au pictural. 1958 – 2014, curated by Matthieu Poirier, Galerie Perrotin, Paris (2013).

The work of Claudia Comte comprises sculpture, painting, installation and exhibition design. The sculptures, which are hewn from varieties of precious wood and marble, are formally evocative of the curvilinear amoeba-like stuff of modernism. The wooden sculptures are initially carved with a chainsaw, and then subjected to a finishing process that virtually suppresses any trace of the human hand. The marble works are initially hewn digitally, and then manually finished through sanding. The paintings, which consist largely of targets and stripped wall paintings, unequivocally issue from the tradition of hard-edge geometric abstraction, which characterizes one strain of Swiss painting. They are made through the usual process of taping off sections, applying paint and removing tape. The sculptures and paintings are almost always originally presented in installations in which the design, from the color of the walls to the sculptures’ plinths, is site-specific and integral to the exhibition. Works are therefore contextualized in highly controlled and totalizing environments, in which the artist apparently accords herself a special authority over how her works are, if not read, then at least perceived. Her approach, generally, speaking is methodical and systematic.

This website, and the very nature of it, essentially reflects and embodies the systematic nature of Claudia Comte’s work. It is meant to function as an exhaustive archive of her production to date and demonstrate the playful and permutation-oriented thinking that motivates and is thoroughly embedded within what she does. Anyone interested in the secret of her practice will be able to access it here, for it is fully accessible, and it turns out, not much of a secret (which it just so happens, is its secret). Eschewing medium-specific taxonomies (sculpture, painting, drawing, etc), the site is composed of images, which are organized according to color, grading, as one scrolls down, from black-and-white to more complex color combinations. For those interested in a more traditional presentation, there is a filter section where you can browse according to mediums, techniques or areas of specific interest, or you can even assemble your own combinations of works. 

Chris Sharp, 2017

 

 

CV

Biography

Born 1983 in Grancy, Switzerland 
Lives and works in Berlin

 

Education

2010

Master of Art in Science of Education, Haute Ecole Pédagogique, Visual Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland

2007

BA Visual Arts, Ecole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne, ECAL, Lausanne, Switzerland

 

 

 

Awards & Residencies

2015

International Artists-In-Labs Residency – Russian-Swiss Exchange, Institute of Plant and Animal Ecology of the Ural Division Ipae of Russian Academy of Sciences at Jekaterinburg, Russia

Prix de la Ville du Locle, Triennale de l’Art Imprime Contemporain, Switzerland

Sponsorship Award, Stiftung für die Graphische Kunst in der Schweiz, Switzerland

2014

Swiss Art Award

2013

Pro Helvetia Residency, Johannesburg, South Africa

2012

Kiefer Hablitzel Award, Switzerland

Mobiliar Award, Switzerland

Support from the UBS Foundation for Contemporary Art, Switzerland

2011

Support from the Canton Vaud, Switzerland

Support from the city of Lausanne, Switzerland

2010

Residency Swiss Institute of Rome, Rome, Italy

Residency Vent des Forêts, Meuse, France

2009

Residency galerie Zwanzigquadrameter, Berlin, Germany

2008

Residency Cité des Arts, Paris, Laureate of l’atelier Vaudois du 700ème, France

Support from the Social and Cultural Association for the Swiss in Paris, France

 

 

 

Collections

Baltimore Museum, USA

Julius Baer Collection, Switzerland

UBS Art Collection, Switzerland

Musée Jenish, Vevey, Switzerland

Collection Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, Switzerland

Collection Bundesamt für Kultur, Switzerland

The Maurice and Paul Marciano Art Foundation, LA, USA

Fondation Salomon Art Contemporain, Annecy, France

Credit Suisse Collection, Switzerland

Art Collection Mobiliar, Switzerland

Nationale Suisse Art Collection, Switzerland

Collection of the Canton Zurich, Switzerland

Collection of the City of Lausanne, Switzerland

Collection Ecole Cantonale d’Art Lausanne, Renens, Switzerland

Solo exhibitions

 

2017

NOW I WON, curated by Chus Martinez, Messeplatz, Art Basel in Basel

10 Rooms, 40 Walls, 1059 m2, Kunstmuseum, Luzern

Solo booth for ArtGeneve, with König Galerie, ArtGeneve 2017, Palexpo, Geneva

 

2016

The Curves, the Corners and the Machines, Festival International d‘Art Toulouse at le Bazacle, Toulouse, France

Zigzag division, Musée Cantonal des Beaux Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland

Catch The Tail By The Tiger, König Galerie, Berlin, Germany

The Primary Fondue Party, performance organized with BolteLang, Zurich, Switzerland

2015

Sonic Geometry, BolteLang, Zurich, Switzerland

Sonic Geometry, Galerie Art et Essaie, Rennes, France

Story Bumping, Milieu Galerie, Bern, Switzerland

No Melon No Lemon, Gladstone Gallery, New York, USA

2014

Le Passage de L’Etoile, with Guillaume Pilet, Vevey, Switzerland

Fluide Glacial, LISTE, with BolteLang, Basel,

Solo presentation Art Brussels, with Gladstone Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

Easy Heavy III, Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, Switzerland

Sharp Sharp, David Dale Gallery, Glasgow, Ireland

2013

All Work and All Play, Toshiba House, Besançon, France   

Claudia Comte & Omar Ba, Centre Pasquart, Biel, Switzerland

Wir baden auf der Freianlage, curated by Neville Wakefield, Gladstone Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

If I were a rabbit, where would I keep my gloves?, BolteLang, Zurich, Switzerland

X, Y, Z, Friart, Centre d’Art de Fribourg, Switzerland

Summer Villa Extension, Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris, France

2012

NO LEMON NO MELON, Tripode, Nantes, France

From Zanzibar to Acapulco, with Guillaume Pilet, SALTS, Basel, Switzerland

Trouble Rainbow III, with A. Galiciadis and M. Mousset, BolteLang, Zurich, Switzerland

Vanity Loop, Kunst am Bau, Yverdon Gymnasium, Canton Vaud, Switzerland

From Acapulco to Zanzibar, with Guillaume Pilet, La Rada, Locarno, Switzerland

2011

Scantione-Tensione, Swiss Institute of Rome, Rome, Italy

IBIZA, Milieu Gallery, with Vittorio Brodmann, Bern, Switzerland

Trouble Rainbow II, with A. Galiciadis and M. Mousset, Favorite Goods, Los Angeles, USA

Trouble Rainbow, with A. Galiciadis and M. Mousset, Galleria Marie-Laure Fleisch, Roma, Italy

Estampes, Studio Raynald Métraux, Lausanne, Switzerland

2010

Welcome to Colorful, Lucy Mackintosh Gallery, Lausanne, Switzerland

2009

Rond Point, Darse Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland

You cut but you can’t, with Mélodie Mousset, Galerie 20qmberlin, Berlin, Germany

Naturalisés, collaboration with Tatiana Rihs, Musée Arlaud, Lausanne, Switzerland

2008

Inimitable, Galerie Lucy Mackintosh, Lausanne, Switzerland

Georges abstraction surface air, Bureau des vidéos, Le George, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

Video projection, Rêves, Window of Swiss Cultural Center, Paris, France

2007

L’Echo, standard deluxe, Lausanne, Switzerland

 

Group exhibitions

2017

Beneath the Salt, presented by Conglomerate with Joe Clark and Lauryn Youden, Kinderhook and Caracas, Berlin 

Curves and Zigzags, Desert X, Palm Springs

 

2016

128 triangles and their demonstration, Installation for the Public sector at ArtBasel Miami Beach

The Language of Things, with the Public Art Fund, City Hall Park Lower Manhattan, New York

UM DIE ECKE DENKEN – DIE SAMMLUNG (1986-2016), Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, Switzerland

Tous les tableaux sont à l’envers, Circuit, Lausanne

/Quiz 2, Mudam Luxembourg, Luxembourg

2015

Christmas show, SALTS, Basel, Switzerland

Des Seins à Dessein, Espace Arlaud, Lausanne, Switzerland

Ligne Aveugle, ISBA, Besançon, France

Full House, Bunk Club at Shanaynay, Paris, France

Architecture & Nature, curated by Simon Lamunière, Domaine de Muy, Contemporary Sculpture Park, France

My Lonely Days Are Gone Part 2, curated by Arturo Herrera, Arratia Beer, Berlin, Germany

Art Imprimé, Triennale 2015, Musee des Beaux-Arts Le Locle, Le Locle, Switzerland

"Pour que vous aimiez quelque chose il faut que vous l'ayez vu et entendu depuis longtemps tas d’idiots." Francis Picabia, Performance at Collection Cahiers d’Artistes 2015, LISTE, Basel, Switzerland

WLGTDWI - a performance evening with Claudia Comte, SALTS, Basel, Switzerland

Môtiers Art en plein air 2015, Môtiers, Switzerland

Gargle/Spit, curated by Kenny Schachter, TBD, New York, USA

Work Hard: Selections by Valentin Carron, Swiss Institute, New York, USA

Reliability of Recognition, BolteLang, Zurich, Switzerland

2014

Elevation 1049, curated by Neville Wakefield, Gstaad, Switzerland

Post-Op. Perceptual Gone Painterly / Du perceptuel au pictural. 1958 – 2014, curated by Matthieu Poirier, Galerie Perrotin, Paris France

BolteLang Stadtbiotop 2014, 8032 Zurich, Switzerland

Bex & Arts, triennale de la sculpture Suisse, Bex, Switzerland

Ars Multiplicata, Kunsthalle Koidl, Berlin, Germany

2013

Post-Mortem, Forde, Geneva, Switzerland

Draft for a particular vision of the future, Bar Babette, Berlin, Germany

Châteaux Secrets, Fondation Ricard, Iles des Embiez

Mixed Message Media, curated by Neville Wakefield, Gladstone Gallery, New York, USA

Harum Scarum, Galerie Blancpain, Geneva, Switzerland


Paraphernalia, Telemark Contemporary Art Center, Skien, Norway

2012

Under 30, Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus, Switzerland

La jeunesse est un art, Kunsthaus Aarau, Aarau, Switzerland

Tell The Children / Abstraction pour enfant, La Salle de Bain, Lyon, France

If I had 8 hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend 6 sharpening my ax, Kunst Raum, Riehen, Switzerland

2011

Territoires, Bex & Arts, Swiss Sculpture Triannual, Bex, Switzerland

Train Fantôme, Cruise and Callas Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Rock The Casbah, Swiss Institute of Rome, Rome, Italy

20 ans des espaces d’une sculpture, Visarte Vaud, Parc de Mont Repos, Lausanne, Switzerland

Le Fédéral à Semen-Contra, Rotwand Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

Accrochage Vaud 2011, Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland

2010

Jeune Création 2010, Le CENTQUATRE, Paris, France

Minipic, Pauline’s, New York, USA

10 ans du MUDAC, collaboration with Tatiana Rihs, Mudac, Lausanne, Switzerland

2009

I could do that! No, you could’t!, Milieu Gallery, Bern, Switzerland

Kawabanga, Espace Delrue, La Barthoteque, Nantes, France

Condominia, Musée Rath, Geneva, Switzerland

I am by birth a Genevese, Espace Forde, Geneva, Switzerland

I am by birth a Genevese, Vegas Gallery, London, UK

Transit, collective urban exhibition, Renens, Switzerland

2008

Patapsychique, Library of the Swiss Cultural Center, Paris, France

Le Spectrarium, Le Corbusier Pavillion, Cité universitaire, Paris, France

Made by ECAL, Espace lausannois d’art contemporain, Renens, Switzerland

Abstraction-Extension, Fondation Salomon, Alex, France

That’s all Folks!, Chez Popper, Geneva, Switzerland

X, proposed by N. Wagnières, galerie 1m3, Lausanne, Switzerland

Black Diaspora, exposition collective, Galerie Out of this World, Montreux, Switzerland

2007

Weihnachtsmarkt, Milieu Gallery, Bern, Switzerland

Athéne, Claudia, Orlane, Milieu Gallery, Bern, Switzerland

2006

Cabinet Budget, collective exhibition, Atelier 304, Usine, Geneva, Switzerland

Sonal, collective exhibition of sound installations, Arsenic, Lausanne, Switzerland

Sublime, collective exhibition, Atelier 304, Usine, Geneva, Switzerland

Morgenstern, collective exhibition, Château de Morges, Morges, Switzerland

Mini-golf, collective exhibition, Circuit, Lausanne, Switzerland

2005

Accrochage, Vaud 2005, collective exhibition, Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland

Académie de sculpture, proposition by Pierre Vadi, Atelier 304, Usine, Geneva, Switzerland

Les Urbaines, young videographers at the Cinemathèque Suisse, « Rêves », Lausanne, Switzerland