"Alfred Paintings" constitutes a major ensemble of twenty-seven pieces created by Johan Creten during an artist residency in 2013 at the New York State College of Ceramics of the renowned Alfred University. These works are similar to paintings, which by their form, their size, and their vocation to be hung on the wall, allow a decompartmentalization of genres and unprecedented technical experiments.
“‘Paintings’. The term chosen by Johan Creten for the 27 pieces created at Alfred University, in the State of New York, betrays the singular nature of this project developed in the quiet, sylvan environment of this major center for international ceramics. Twenty-seven works, 27 stations on a logical, almost necessary way of the cross. Freed from constraints and categories, when sculpture is reconciled with painting. Twenty-seven stakes thrust into idleness, 27 banderillas thrust into continence, that unpunished vice. At last.”
Colin Lemoine in “Alfred Paintings”, p.38, 2015