Claude Closky, The First Thousand Numbers Classified in Alphabetical Order (detail), 1989–92, artist's book, 16 pages, 8 1/4 x 5 7/8".


Claude Closky

Musée d'art contemporain du Val-de-Marne (MAC/VAL)
Place de la Libération
March 27–June 22, 2008

Curated by Frank Lamy

“I like the kind of artifice that gives no authority to form,” quipped French artist Claude Closky, whose multimedia output includes a book of the first thousand numbers in alphabetical order and a series of giant street posters announcing that it isn't 3 PM. A Bartleby in reverse, Closky is a hyperactive artist who find new reasons to produce work in the realm of the arbitrary. For this show, he will translate some fifty of his works from 1989 to 2007—drawings, collages, video, Web projects, artist's books, and other texts—into a purely sonic mode. Visitors will don headphones and stroll through otherwise empty galleries, listening to the results.

Translated from French by Jeanine Herman.