OLIVIER MOSSET, Flux Dots by Mosset Total Art Nice, n.d. [1969]


OLIVIER MOSSET, Flux Dots by Mosset Total Art Nice, n.d. [1969]
10 x 12 x 1,6 cm
confetti – produced by George Maciunas – in red or black plastic box with label
very small edition: estimation ca 13 – 15
published by George Maciunas / Total Art, Nice, France
Private collection, Amsterdam
extremely rare

In 1990 Olivier Mosset had his first solo show in Galerie van Gelder. A few days before the opening I presented him a red box ‘Flux Dots by Mosset’.
“Well… looks good!” Olivier commented, “I have heard about it, but this is the first time I see this. I remember that Maciunas once phoned me. He asked whether I was the man of the circle paintings and I said yes, why…?” “Listen he said, you are a Fluxus artist, with all these circles on canvases, you really are!”
“No, I answered, I don’t consider myself a Fluxus artist.”
Maciunas: “Certainly you are and I have an idea. What about making a Fluxus box with punched dots, you know, like confetti?”

In 2008 Olivier Mosset had another solo exhibition in Galerie van Gelder. He arrived with huge white monochrome paintings of 8 meters long flown in from his studio in Tucson, Arizona. Still having his rain coat on he gave me a small thick envelope. “I got this from the heirs of Maciunas”, he said. “I don’t know what to do with it, so I thought I hand it over to you. You may do with it whatever you like.” I looked into the half opened cream colored envelope and saw a heap of hundreds of red confetti, unmistakably the ones Maciunas punched for his Flux Dots box edition.
Ref. Kees van Gelder talking to Olivier Mosset in Galerie van Gelder on 20 March 2008.

Ben Vautier opened a gallery shop BDDT / Ben Doute de Tout in Nice in 1958, which later became well-known as the Around 1960. He started to know the artists of Nouveau Réalisme: Yves Klein, Daniel Spoerri and others. In the autumn 1962, he travelled to London for visiting the Festival of Misfits, where he encountered many Fluxus artists, with whom he subsequently collaborated in various ways. A year later, Vautier organised the Fluxus Festival of Total Art in Nice.



OLIVIER MOSSET, Flux dots [1969]
10 x 12 x 1,6 cm / 3.5 x 4.75 x 0.75 inches
edition ca 13 – 15, here box 13 (in black)
published by George Maciunas, New York, USA



OLIVIER MOSSET: Flux Dots [1969] – black box version
Collection University of Iowa Special Collections, Iowa City, USA

OLIVIER MOSSET: Flux Dots [1969] – black box version/verso

Ref. the Fluxus Digital Collection of the University of Iowa were donated by artist Ken Friedman.