Six questions for
Valérian Goalec

Tique asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Valérian Goalec.

Artist Valérian Goalec
Lives in Paris, France

How do you describe your own art practice?

It is firstly to think of a methodology, how a form is born and exists in any space? Unable to make pure form, I must constantly base myself on what already exists. My practice tries to highlight what has become banal, what we no longer see. With boredom as the basis of production and Laziness as a tool. Recently, writing has become the first stage of work, production becoming secondary. The text being a means of producing plays according to each context without ever rewriting a scenario.

Which question or theme is central in your work?

What is given to us, what is before our eyes, has become the central question in my production. What I am trying to do today is to use what exists in the places that invite me, from the walls, from the lighting through the air to the glass of water. Only a movement allows the highlighting of it.

What was your first experience with art?

My first real experience was without a doubt the visit of the Cyclops by Jean Tinguely in Milly-la-foret in France, a monumental sculpture which is activated from time to time in the middle of the forest. This thing haunted me for several years without ever really understanding its meaning.

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

The place where I am invited to work.

What do you need in order to create your work?

Time for sure, the more I advance in my practice the more I realize the need for time, to have your time, your rhythm, your watch.

What work or artist has most recently surprised you?

Recently I discovered the work of Laura Vazquez, with her book “La Semaine Perpetuelle” which for me is very inspiring writing, in the way she constructs these sentences, these texts, these stories.

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