Working across a variety of media, Claudia Comte injects play and the illusion of insouciance (Sorglosigkeit) into the rigorous geometries of modernist traditions. Past projects by the artist include an outdoor fun fair for Art Basel, featuring participatory activities such as arm wrestling, mini-golf, bowling, and darts; a site-specific work featuring six-ton Carrara marble bunny forms installed in Manhattan’s City Hall Park; and a solo exhibition of block-striped partitions and paintings, incorporating Comte’s idiosyncratic chainsaw sculptures. Comte has long been interested in wall painting as a site of intermedia transformation. Comte’s Curves and Zig Zags, installed in the Palm Desert for Desert X, superimposed graphic painting onto a moiréd three-dimensional structure. For the CAM Project Wall, Comte installs her most complex wallpainting to date, a pattern of hard-edge lines that appear to morph into an algorithm of sharp zigzags.
Claudia Comte: Electric Burst (Lines and Zigzags) is organized for the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis by Lisa Melandri, Executive Director.