Olivier Mosset in Conversation

(detail, 1 of a set of 4) Olivier Mosset, Sans titre 2004, lithograph on vellum
(detail, 1 of a set of 4) Olivier Mosset, Sans titre 2004, lithograph on vellum (courtesy of the Swiss Institute of Contemporary Art)

Christopher Howard reports on a recent conversation between Olivier Mosset and Marie Heilich at Parapet/Real Humans, Saint Louis.

Howard writes: "Mosset affably stated that he has no strategy, does what he wants, and cannot control trends. 'I’m basically interested in abstract painting,' he said, and somehow people are attracted to what he does. Heilich questioned him about his social and flexible practice, in which he diminishes his own authorship (evident, for example, in his work with BMPT), but Mosset construed the question differently. 'The art practice is very selfish,' he responded, and exhibitions involve a community. 'It’s personal when you do it; it’s social when you show it.' Mosset believes the gallery gives you the distance to see your work differently."