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Gilles Barbier Solo Show at the Chimney


Contemporary artist Gilles Barbier will transform The Chimney art gallery into a surreal set from Nov 1 to Dec 15, 2019 with his exhibition Laughing at Clouds.

For his first solo exhibition in New York, Barbier will invite the audience to restore dialogue under this protective roof, to engage in an exchange and resist the siren calls of hermetic monologues and manufactured facts. Armed only with crook handles, he calls out to our profound desire for intimacy, and encourages us to maybe even sing in the rain.

Born in Vanuatu, an archipelago located in the southwest Pacific Ocean, Barbier’s multifaceted practice borrows from science fiction, comics, literature, and cinematography to create new cosmogonic narratives.
Building upon the symbolism and otherworldliness of Mary Poppins’ enchanting story, Barbier transforms The Chimney into a surrealist set. This new commission presents numerous black levitating umbrellas installed at different heights. Strings of speech bubbles fall from their hinged ribs like raindrops.

This exhibition is part of the Brooklyn Falls for France cultural season.

Gilles Barbier
Gilles Barbier (b. 1965, Vanuatu) studied literature in Aix-en-Provence (France) and fine arts at the Beaux-Arts in Marseille.

Barbier is represented by the Galerie GP & N Vallois, where he had several solo exhibitions, his next one scheduled in 2020. Other solo exhibitions include: World Wide Wave, La Villa Beatrix Enea, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Anglet, France (2017); Echo System, Musée national d’art contemporain, Seoul, South Korea (2016)...

Barbier’ work can be found in many permanent collections, including:  Centre Pompidou, Paris, France ; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France ; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, United States; ARCO Foundation, Madrid, Spain ; Carré d’Art, Musée d’art contemporain, Nîmes, France...
Gilles Barbier lives and works in Marseille, France.