What are your impressions of the Societe Generale Collection?
The Collection is composed of an ensemble of energetic art pieces that makes it both daring and diverse. I was able to appreciate the full extent of the Collection by browsing the website, which really made me want to see the pieces in situ and find out which audiences are being targeted, and how the pieces are displayed and therefore experienced. This is pivotal to any work of art, in my opinion, for it is a way of gauging both the relevance and the character of a collection.
What were your 2011 highlights in terms of art?
I was particularly moved by the exhibition entitled Contemporary Art and the Côte d’Azur - An Area for Experimentation, 1951 – 2011 which showcased the quality and richness of the region's current artistic scene.*
The exhibition successfully convened a variety of exhibition areas, ranging from the most corporate to the most unusual, as part of a collection that expressed the zeitgeist of contemporary creation. The results of the vivacity and diversity of the projects put forward were rather surprising, and proved that the Côte d'Azur is also a self-replenishing artistic hub. It has its own unique character that goes beyond its regional borders, resonating in the international art scene.
With regards to my work, I was able to find support and an audience to recognise my work since the mid-1990s as both an artist and founder of La Station, a space for exhibiting and making art in Nice.
What does 2012 have in store for you?
My work will be presented at the À l'origine Nice exhibition at the Marlborough gallery in Monaco in March, at the Le Domaine Perdu gallery in Meyrals (Dordogne) in April, and in May at the Paradis Design exhibition at Sinibaldi in Marseille. I will also have two private exhibitions in July at Patrick Des Gâchons in Fraïssé-des-Corbières, Aude, and then in September at the RX gallery in Paris.
* As part of Contemporary Art and the Côte d’Azur - An Area for Experimentation, 1951 – 2011, an exhibition held in some fifty cultural venues, the Societe Generale Collection loaned Raymond Hains's Seita.