CAPUCINE GROS

NOTA BENE

We abstract, we transcode, we map and interpret.
We all do it
all the time

with language, words, alphabets and sounds
with signs, images, metaphors and maps
with bodies, frowns, smiles and silenCE
STATS AND DATA, CLASS AND GENDER
RODS AND CONES, DNA AND GENES
BITS AND PIXELS, PEN AND PAPER
PAINT AND CANVAS.

FOR ME, LIVING and workING through art IS THE MOST THOROUGH, DIVERSE AND POETIC MEANS BY WHICH I CAN FILL THE GAPS BETWEEN MYSELF AND THE REST OF THE WORLD.

EXPOSURE TO DIFFERENT PLACES, CULTURES AND LANGUAGES engrained and nurtures in me AN INSATIABLE CURIOSITY FOR THE VASTNESS OF THE WORLD
A FASCINATION FOR THE POWERS AND POLITICS OF MAPS
AN UTMOST RESPECT FOR THE INTRINSIC VALUE OF TIME AND EXPERIENCE
AN HONEST OBLIGATION TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE LIMITS OF PERCEPTION
AND AN URGENT NEED TO RECOGNIZE THE BIAS AND SUBJECTIVITY OF EVERYTHING.

THESE PRINCIPLES PERMEATE ALL MY PRACTICE:
FROM A MYRIAD OF MAP-MAKING WORKS
TO HAND-MADE BOOKS, PAPER OR PAINTINGS
AND ENDURING TIME-BASED PROJECTS.

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"Is painting a mode of thought? Is there a philosophy that extends beyond the confines of a medium? Where does the edge of the canvas and the edge of the world begin?" Walker Art Center Painting at the Edge of the World

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"The only acceptable and purpose of human activities is the production of a subjectivity that is forever self-enriching its relationship with the world." Félix Guattari

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"The purpose of painting is to represent objects as they really are; that is to say differently from the way we see them." Pierre Rivière

"Systems were laid over life the way a rectangular format is laid over the seen paintings, for focus." Lucy Lippard

"I must create a system or be enslav'd by another Man's. I will not reason and compare: my business is to create." William Blake

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." Nelson Mandela

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"Language is form and not substance." Ferdinand de Saussure

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"The poem is not a thing we see -it is, rather, a light by which we may see -and what we see is life." Robert Penn Warren

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"Loin de me nuire, ta différence m'enrichit." Antoine de St Exupéry

"Fear always springs from ignorance." Ralph Waldo Emerson

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"When the close attention paid to trend is diverted to personal methods and issues, when explorations into form become explorations into being and spiritual values, only then will art be somewhat enlightened -such a very long road." Ai Weiwei

"The role of art is no longer to form imaginary and utopian realities, but to actually be ways of living and models of action within the existing real." Nicholas Bourriaud

"In arrogating to themselves the centre of the world, when in fact the center is everywhere, the contemporary visitors are speaking to the universe on behalf of everyone, and speaking badly." Ben Okri

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"A text is made of multiple writings, drawn from many cultures and entering into mutual relations of dialogue, parody, contestation, but there is one place where this multiplicity is focused and that is the reader, not the author." Roland Barthes

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"Painting might not be dead. Its vitality will only be tested once we are cured of our mania and melancholy, and we believe once again in our ability to act in history: accepting our project of working through the end again, rather than evading it through increasingly elaborate mechanisms of defense." Yve-Alain Bois

“The letter x in algebra is definitely an abstraction in relationship to the numbers with which it can intermingle as a factor… Yet this letter functions in all of the calculations as a real quantity. In other words, we have a symbol that admittedly represents the unknown. Yet our faith in the system is so great…” Mark Rothko

"People believe in medicine, but don't believe in art, without questioning either." Damien Hirst

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"Painting stands for the evidence of the act of creation." Tony Godfrey

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"Ce qui compte ne peut pas toujours être compté, et ce qui peux être compté ne compte pas forcément." Albert Einstein

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"Since there is no such thing as absolute rightness and truth, we always puruse the artificial leading to human truth." Gerhard Richter

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"Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made." Immanuel Kant

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"No-one in the pre-digital cloud era had the mental capacity to lie to him- or herself in the way that we are routinely able to now. The limitations of organic human memory and calculation becomes a mere fragment of a bigger memory and calculation used to put a cap on the intricacies of self-delusion." Jaron Lanier

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"A fundamental assuption in much recent pas art was that things have stable properties, i.e. boundaries... Boundaries, however, are only the fabrication of our desire to detect them." Mel Bochner

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"Devant me résoudre à ne pouvoir refaire ce Monde, je me contenterais de redessiner l'Univers tout entier." Jean Vincent

"A "sculpture" that physically reacts to its environment is no longer to be regarded as an object. The range of outside factors affecting it, as well as its own radius of action, reaches beyong the space it materially occupies. It thus merges with the environment in a relationship that is better understood as a "system" of interdependent processes." Hans Haacke

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"All I make are models. The actual works of art are ideas." Joseph Kosuth

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“The formation of thought is already sculpture.” Joseph Beuys

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"99% thinking and 1% making." Alfredo Jaar

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"The artist is responsible for his history and his nature. His history is part of his nature." Ad Reinhardt

"Don't tell me how educated you are; tell me how much you've traveled." Muhammad

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness." Mark Twain

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"One's mind and the earth are in constant state of erosion: mental rivers wear away abstract banks, brain waves undermin cliffs or thought, ideas decompose into stones of unknowing, and conceptual crystallizations break apart into deposits of gritty reason." Robert Smithson

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"Although we struggle for rights over our own bodies, the very bodies for which we struggle are not quite ever only our own." Judith Butler

 "The hardest thing is to something that is close to nothing." Marina Abramović

"The only thing new in the world is the history you do not know." Harry Truman

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"C'est à 73 ans que j'ai commencé à comprendre la véritable forme des animaux, des insectes et des poissons, et la nature des plantes et des arbres. En conséquence, à 86 ans, j'aurais pénétré plus en avant dans l'essence de l'art. À 100 ans, j'aurais définitivement atteint un niveau merveilleux et, quand j'aurais 110 ans, je tracerai une ligne et ce sera la vie." Katsushika Hokusai

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"Tout ce que je sais, c'est que je ne sais pas." Socrates