Gilles Barbier Exhibition

The Chimney

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The Chimney presents “Laughing at clouds”, the first solo exhibition of French artist Gilles Barbier in New York City. 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 cosmogonies. Building onto 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. The artist invites 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.



from November 01, 2019 to December 15, 2019

Opening Reception on 2019-11-01 from 18:30 to 21:30


Gilles Barbier

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