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Baptiste Croze

Oct 2015 to Nov 2015
1985 Lyon and Madrid

Together with Belgian artist Lodewijk Heylen, Baptiste Croze is invited for the third edition of the 'Résidence Croisée' a residency of four months in AIR Antwerpen and Artistes en Résidence Clermont-Ferrand. The 'Résidence Croisée' is a residency model in which two months (one in every venue) are spent together, thus allowing possibilities of collaborations between both artists.

Baptiste Croze creates a practice with eclectic forms, existing out of 'détournements' (Situationist therm for displacement) of objects and situations. He introduces everyday objects in the exhibition space and changes their value. His installations abandon the traditional concept of sculpture and primarily focus on materiality, dimension, volume and weight. 'Sculptural Studies (2012-...)' is an installation of everyday objects, brought together because of the phalic characteristic. Objects are set all over the floor according to their colors and forms. The visitor is invited to go through as the artist says; ''Sculptural Studies is like a field where grass is to high and tickle your knees''. The cautious maneuvering through these objects, avoiding collision, obliges the visitor to focus on the exhibited items. Their value grows and dismiss them from their everyday character. 

In SEHKMET_MARIEJESUS_FEMME(BENIN)_MOINE PLEUREUR_TOTEM3SIGNES_PYRAMIDE (2014) Baptiste Croze presents high quality prints of tourist objects, that have been sanded, outside the Gallery Neon in Lyon. Through this action of moving from representation to abstraction he transforms these readymades into original artworks. In his practice Baptiste Croze changes, switches, turns and combines reactions, features and effects of materials and objects until they lose their functionality and a new meaning occurs, diminishing its object state.

Baptiste Croze was invited for the following solo exhibitions (a selection): Couleurs Tièdes, La Permanence, Clermont-Ferrand, 2015; PAVILLON, les fondations, Hall des Humanités, INSA, Lyon, 2014; SEHKMET_MARIEJESUS_FEMME(BENIN)_MOINE PLEUREUR_TOTEM3SINGES_PYRAMIDE, Chez néon, Lyon, 2014; Sculptural Studies (E.O.) Musée des moulages, Lyon, 2014. His works were also shown in the following group exhibitions: Local Line 18, Musée d'art Moderne et Contemporain de Saint-Etiénne Métropôle, en résonance avec la Biennale d'art contemporain de Lyon, 2015; La surface tendue des apparences, Hôtel de Région de la délégation Rhône-Alpes/Auvergnes, Brussel, 2015; Reunion-Buluşma, Sakip Sabanci Museum, Istanbul; X (Paysage aux nuage roses) , Galeria Alessio Moitre, Turin, 2014; Exposition de Noël, Le Magasin, Ancien musée de peinture, Grenoble, 2013; Global Studio, The Bluecoat, Liverpool, 2010; Wrong Love, A Foundation, Liverpool, 2010; J'embrasse pas, Collection Lambert, Avignon, 2007.