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Serge Comte

Galerie Patrick Seguin | Paris

At the opening of his recent show, Serge Comte presented a surprise miniconcert: he and a young woman sang a duet, reproducing songs each was listening to separately on a Walkman—their hesitant vocalizations creating a vaguely psychosexual ambience. According to Comte, a young artist whose work comes out of what is now considered the third-generation “Grenoble School,” the exhibition, while it appeared in the public space of a gallery, addressed his notion of being “safe at home,” where everything is permissable and one is protected from the prying gaze of others. Comte’s work is inspired by what he describes as “Sweetly extravagant moments when, at home by yourself, you can ‘have yourself a party,’ singing, dancing, putting on makeup, but not for yourself, and not necessarily for show.” This relaxed state is heightened by a “cathodic comfort” diffused by heat and light generated by

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