Claude Gilles

CLAUDE GILLES

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Claude Gilles, SCANDALE PROJECT, artist, contemporary artist, emerging artist, art installation, visual art, photography, photographer, art exhibition, exhibition view, creation, artist, contemporary art, Interview, groupshow, group show, art scandal project, scandaleproject,
Valentin | Anne Neukamp,
Grübelei

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WHO IS CLAUDE GILLES ?
Galerie Thomas Bernard – Cortex Athletico ; Galerie Escougnou-Cetraro ; Galerie Alain Gutharc ; Jousse Entretprise – Contemporary Art ; Florence Loewy ; Galerie Maubert ; GDM – Galerie de multiples ; Galerie Polaris ; Valentin.

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WHAT IS CLAUDE GILLES ?

Claude Gilles is an avatar which emerges from the decision to gather and work together, as we are part of the same neighborhood in Paris, where art galleries have their own and different stories. Each gallery works with different artists and propositions but together this diversity can be powerful. Each gallery possess its own world but at the end we all share common problematics. Claude Gilles’s vocation is to express what is usually invisible which is a collaboration here. As each of us is also a consumer of art gallery, it’s interesting to see different identities, constructions and stories.

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Claude Gilles, SCANDALE PROJECT, artist, contemporary artist, emerging artist, art installation, visual art, photography, photographer, art exhibition, exhibition view, creation, artist, contemporary art, Interview, groupshow, group show, art scandal project, scandaleproject,
Galerie Alain Gutharc | Michael Roy, La Nuit Américaine

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CLAUDE GILLES’S AMBITIONS :
One of the first reflexion was about how middle-size art galleries can confront the complex reality of the art market. The gallery model has its basis but it can be quite old compare to the actual world. So we asked ourselves : how we can change this ? What does it mean to have our own space, expenses, etc. ? It appears that Claude Gilles could be a way to withdraw from this confrontation and still have quality projects. Claude Gilles enables us to develop considerations on how a gallery can live beyond its exhibitions, which audience is the target, as it can seem pretty ambigious at some point. So we reflect on all of these to find solutions together.
This idea of a collaboration happens as a solution to create a community and share our ideas. We can confront ourselves to various ideas and advice instead of staying on our own. As we all do the same profession, we are able to share all of this. Each gallery as a strong dna and we want to keep it, so the challenge will be to associate beyond our spaces.
The second topic is about the audience and how we can renew or challenge it. With Claude Gilles the audience merges in a tangible way through out common events, as we noticed that being in the same neighborhood doesn’t mean we share the same audience. So one of Claude Gilles’ ambition will be to renew and fuse different audiences. Also, the project aims to welcome other galleries beyond the area, as we really felt an enthusiam from the public who takes time to discuss and ask about exhibitions and artists, away from the special rhythm of openings.
Towards theses problemtaics, one solution came out as the creation of an avatar named Claude Gilles to introduce this collaboration. It’s a way to express what we are doing, how we want to do it and how we can do it. It doesn’t need to be serious and complicated. The solution arose as a supra identity which is our statement and our signature.

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Claude Gilles, SCANDALE PROJECT, artist, contemporary artist, emerging artist, art installation, visual art, photography, photographer, art exhibition, exhibition view, creation, artist, contemporary art, Interview, groupshow, group show, art scandal project, scandaleproject,
Valentin | Nicolas Moulin,
IDA

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HOW AND WHERE ?
One of the first solution was to publish a paper/ journal based on a simple material. Although we are together, we wanted a simple way to communicate and share knowledge in between us and with the audience. Through this publication, the aim was to be able to find it outisde of places dedicated to contemporary art still bound to the idea of renewing the audience.
The idea behind Claude Gille is to do openings and events together. So we agreed on three common openings in September, October and January. Moreover, we want to organize events after and beyond openings to gather but on different dynamics.
Claude Gilles is an avatar through which we will organize thematic and festive events, take part to fairs, curating common exhibitions, talks and lectures with the aim to become a signature. As this seal of approval comes mostly from fairs we are part of, so Claude Gilles comes out as a signature of an attitude and ethics in between galleries and artists.

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Claude Gilles, SCANDALE PROJECT, artist, contemporary artist, emerging artist, art installation, visual art, photography, photographer, art exhibition, exhibition view, creation, artist, contemporary art, Interview, groupshow, group show, art scandal project, scandaleproject,
Galerie Escougnou-Cetraro | Pierre Clément, ABOVE TOP SECRET

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CLAUDES GILLES N°00
We launched the edition n°00 to announce September, but it was also answering to an emergency to do something together.
For this first publishing there is a picture of the group along with the biography of Claude Gilles. This biography is our statement about contemporary art as not only a commitment but also a passion to share, in between us, with the audience and outside of the art world as we aim to remind reachable. In a way it simply says that pushing the door of an art gallery it’s also about meeting the galerist and the artists.
Following this there is a free space which will change each time, it can be a text, a quotation, a polemic note, etc where Claude Gilles frees the speech. In the n°00 it’s a text by Guilio Poalini which was the exhibition text for a common exhibition in between Yvon Lambert et Marian Goodman’s art spaces in New York and Paris. The text is about the significance of the exhibition for artworks. Works don’t exist without exhibitions in a way. With Claudes Gilles we claim the stature of the space and the exhibition.

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Valeria Cetraro and Thomas Bernard interviewed by Fiona Vilmer writer specialized in contemporary art.

Photographs and text courtesy of Claude Gilles.

 

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