by Johan Creten
This book was published on the occasion of the exhibition 'Johan Creten, La Traversée/The Crossing', at the Centre régional d’art contemporain Occitanie/Pyrénées-Méditerranée, Sète (France) - October 22, 2016–April 17, 2017.
Johan Creten is considered a forerunner in the revival of clay in contemporary art, alongside Thomas Schütte and following in the footsteps of Lucio Fontana.
25 years after his artist residency at Villa Saint Clair in Sète during the summer of ’91, the artist returns to Sète to present a new project at the CRAC.
La Traversée / The Crossing provides an opportunity to discover works of art that illustrate the mystery of nature through the contrast between flowers and algae, as well as a strange and fascinating collection of real and imaginary animals, which ranks beauty as a saving grace.