Claudia Comte - König Galerie
An Implicit Formulation for Weather Patterns
Claudia Comte
for König Galerie
In An Implicit Formulation for Weather Patternssculptural renders are repeatedly subjected to a range of algorithmic actions causing them to atrophy over and over again. The algorithm – typically an agent of ‘problem-solving’ touted by global technology firms – is deployed here as an agent of visual subterfuge, reducing apparently solid, stable materials into hot, viscous, runny matter. In this work, Claudia Comte employs physically-based computer simulations to examine the occurrence of collapsing biosystems brought on by the effects of climate change. An Implicit Formulation for Weather Patterns explores the effects of wind and lava on a group of three digital renders produced from the series of wooden leaf sculptures which Comte presented at Artissima 2021 with König Galerie. By representing her sculptures as the digital subjects in this work for Surfing NFT Comte creates a link between the physical and virtual spaces in which these sculptures have been shown. Working across site-specific installation, animation, painting and sculpture, Comte’s practice is guided by a longstanding interest in teasing out the history and memory of biomorphic forms through traditional hand processes, industrial and machine technologies. At the heart of Comte’s installations are monumental wall paintings and serial sculptures inspired by organic patterns and morphology such as waves, sonar, cacti and rock strata, that are playfully recomposed within fluid and immersive environments. Drawing on the powers of communication, knowledge and symbiosis between animal and plant life, Comte’s dynamic and shape-shifting objects pay testament to the intelligence and transformative capacities of the ecological world. Passionate about using art as a tool for connecting marine conservation, policy change and climate education, she has collaborated with several organisations on projects, including a residency and underwater commission developed with TB21- Academy in 2019 to raise awareness of coral health around the Alligator Head Foundation in Jamaica. Since 2018, Comte has been collaborating with the Computer Science Department at the University of Freiburg, Germany where she has produced a series of 4D animations of physically-based simulations. For Surfing NFT she continues this collaboration with collaborators at FIFTY2.
About the artist
Claudia Comte (b. 1983, Grancy, Switzeland) studied at the École cantonale d’art de Lausanne, ECAL (2004-2007) followed by a Masters of Art in Science of Education at Haute école pédagogique, Visual Arts, Lausanne (2008- 2010). Her body of work is best known for her site-specific installations. The artist’s practice is guided by a distinct rule-measurement system of her own creation, wherein each artwork specifically relates to one another. Comte's minimalist approach to art making is equal parts methodical and dynamic; works are infused with a distinct sense of playfulness. Her artistic output incorporates a diverse range of mediums from sculpture, to painting, to various multimedia installations. She has shown her work in solo and group exhibitions including; After Nature, Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid (2021); Jungle and Corals, König Galerie, Berlin (2021); The Sea of Darkness, Kunstraum Dornbirn (2020); How to Grow and Still Stay the Same Shape, Castello di Rivoli (2019); Fruits and Jungle, König Galerie, London (2019); I have Grown Taller from Standing with Trees, Copenhagen Contemporary (2019); The Morphing Scallops, Gladstone Gallery, 24th St, New York City (2019); Zigzags and Diagonals, MOCA Cleveland (2018); Swiss Performance Now, Kunsthalle Basel (2018); 10 Rooms, 40 Walls, 1059 m2, Kunstmuseum Luzern (2017); Desert X, Palm Springs (2017); The Language of Things, with the Public Art Fund, New York (2016); Easy Heavy III, Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich (2014); and Elevation 1049, Gstaad (2013).
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