Olivier Mosset - color me, 2019
TUTU TUM? MUTT... Um, could you repeat that please? TUTU TUM? MUTT... My word, a stuttering tomato! What are you going on about: a coded language
of painting? A painted coded language? A sandwich of paint and code? Let?s try and keep this serious. A clue: Marcel... Duchamp! Signed, sealed and delivered, n?est-ce pas?
Olivier Mosset was born in Bern and lives and works in Tucson, Arizona. Since his experimentation within the art group BMPT (created by himself and the artists D. Buren, N. Torini and M. Parmentier) this artist-biker has been questioning ideas of subjectivity and originality. His object-paintings, simply ?colour applied to canvas? imply preference for the ?truth? imparted by the materials used, the format and the means of exhibition to that inherent in the image itself. After the letter ?A? and the black circles of his BMPT period, the artist (US resident since 1977) undertook 10 years of monochrome painting. He later expanded the scope of his work to include polychromes, mural installations, sculpture (his Toblerone anti-tank constructions) and publishing. In 1990 he represented Switzerland at the Venice Biennale and has been exhibited in France at the Musée d?Art Contemporain in Lyon and the Musée de Sérignan in 2014. His work can be found in many international collections including the MoMA in New York, the MAMCO in Geneva and the Pompidou Centre in Paris.