Claude Closky

Claude Closky

Artist Statement

Titled Easy-Difficult, the edition will be a minimal paper sculpture/object. Made out of matte, coated paper folded in two, the work can be positioned on its two edges—easy—or on its centerfold—dif- ficult. The handwritten words “easy” and “difficult” and the schemes of both positions will be printed on the card and placed so one can see them according to the card position. This piece can be installed on a shelf, a table, etc. In the edition box, it should be stored folded in two. The work will be numbered and signed. Easy-Difficult is the continuation of an early work Facile, difficile, très dif- ficile [Easy, difficult, very difficult], which was exhibited and published by the Musée d’art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in 1992, the year I believe Steven and I met for the first time.

Biography

Claude Closky was born in 1963 in Paris, France where he lives and works. In 2005, Closky was the recipient of the prestigious Marcel Duchamp Prize, for which he was also nominated in 2001. Closky has exhibited extensively with recent solo shows at AC Institute, New York (2012); MFC-Michèle Didier, Paris (2011); and Akbank Art Center, Istanbul (2010). Closky’s work has also been presented in numerous group exhibitions, most recently in Print/Out, MoMA, New York (2012); French Window: looking at contemporary art through the Marcel Duchamp prize, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2011); Les nuits électriques, Multimedia Complex of Actual Arts, Moscow (2010); and N’importe quoi, Musée d’art Contemporain (MAC), Lyon (2009).