Catalog published on the occasion of the solo-exhibition of Johan Creten's "The nature of clay" in Monaco.

Exhibition catalog "The Monaco Projects for the Arts 2015 - The Nature of Clay" Pavillon Bosio, École Supérieure d'Arts Plastiques, Monaco 2015

The École Supérieure d'Arts Plastiques - Pavillon Bosio hosted in 2015 Johan Creten's exhibition, "The Nature of Clay" organized by the association The Monaco Project for the Arts. Johan Creten presented a selection of works from his most emblematic series, including the flowery female busts "Odore di Femmina", "La Vague pour Palissy" and "Les Colonnes Révolutionnaires". This exhibition explored the relationship between clay and nature but was also intended as a study of the nature and symbolism of clay.

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« Bundel of Sticks (Faggots) », 2013
“In this country there are no leaves. I have visited several forests. The trees seem dead. Wrong. They are alive. But they have no leaves. Most of them, with a very hard trunk, Are covered in thin appendages like skins. The Barimes similar to spectres, Entirely enveloped in these vegetal veils; One lifts them, one can see the person hiding.”
Henri Michaux, ‘Botanical Notes’, The Night Moves, 1935
"Génie", 2009-2010

"What is visible is neither unique nor undivided. It is plural and polysemic. Like a prism. What is visible one day, from such an angle and in such a light, can, under other circumstances, take on a different appearance, and therefore a different meaning. The tree in the forest, which yesterday seemed so manifest, so present, can become, tomorrow, a worrisome mass, a gigantic task, a frightening planisphere, a grotesque face.

The world is, against our will, mobile and labile, a genuine kaleidoscope off which lexical inspection slides. Rembrandt opposite Saskia, Chopin facing Sand, Proust in Venice: they all knew, as Johan Creten does in their wake, that the visible world does not give itself at once, that it is necessary, if one wishes to record it in its entirety, to capture its ointments, to anchor its moire and its mother-of-pearl, its thousands of infinite coruscations. It is no coincidence if the sculptor masters, like few artists before him – Bernard Palissy, Émile Gallé and Henry Cros –, the reflections and the gleams, all those varnishes and those textures that make it possible to articulate the iridescence of the visible. When reality, like the flame, twinkles and flickers."

Colin Lemoine in "Nature of Clay", p.7, 2015

« Les Colonnes Révolutionnaires – Les Cyprès», 2009-2012
« Les Colonnes Révolutionnaires – Les Cyprès», 2009-2012 (detail)
« Vague moyenne pour Palissy», 2008-2011
Book Specifications
  •  TEXTS
    Colin Lemoine
    Translation: Patrick Lennon
    Language: French/English
    18 x 25 cm

    French format
    98 pages
    Guido Maes – Printing deluxe
    1st printed edition of 1.000 copies
  • ISBN 978-2-9551233-2-4
  • Published by 
Johan Creten & The Monaco Project for the Arts 2015

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