Courtesy Galerie GP & N Vallois, Paris
Courtesy Galerie GP & N Vallois, Paris
Courtesy Galerie GP & N Vallois, Paris
Courtesy Galerie GP & N Vallois, Paris
Courtesy Galerie GP & N Vallois, Paris
Courtesy Galerie GP & N Vallois, Paris
Courtesy Galerie GP & N Vallois, Paris
Courtesy Galerie GP & N Vallois, Paris
Courtesy Galerie GP & N Vallois, Paris
Courtesy Galerie GP & N Vallois, Paris

Gilles Barbier

Contemporary Artist

Artists - Visual Arts

- www.documentsdartistes.org/barbier

Gilles Barbier arrived in France at the age of 20. He has produced a body of work that he defines as neither critique nor ‘world painting', or polemical, but more like a collection of stories. The distance he introduces with the ‘intelligence of the work of art' gives him considerable professional mobility, embarrassing for those who wish to reduce his body of work to a coherent unit.

 

His career, with a rigorous copy of the dictionary as a backdrop, travels through defined bodies including clones, ‘media-friendly' spaces - with bedridden super heroes, but also the ‘pornosphere', and ‘corrected' worlds… Anxious to link his body of work to his theoretical work – his ‘iteration' - Gilles Barbier enriches a constant flux of drawings and images with texts and reflective tools. Amongst his tools are certain types of cheese, relay batons, bananas, earthworms, terriers,  Vaseline, the atomic bomb, cosmetics and obesity, etc.
Gilles Barbier has patiently constructed a body of work that translates the tragic explosion of the soul and its violent expulsion beyond the canvas.

 

EXHIBITIONS (selection)

2014       Écho Système, Friche la Belle de Mai, Marseille, France

2013      Galerie GP & N Vallois, Paris, France*

2011      « Paris – Delhi– Bombay », Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

2009      « Vraoum! Bande dessinée et Art contemporain », La Maison Rouge, Paris, France    

                « The World in the Body », Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

2008      « Le cockpit, le vaisseau, ce que l'on voit depuis le hublot », Espace Claude Berri, Paris, France*

2006      « Gilles Barbier », Carré d'Art, Musée d'Art Contemporain, Nîmes, France*

2004      « Gilles Barbier », Kunstverein Fribourg, Germany*

2003      « The American Effect », The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA         

                « SomewhereBetterThan This Place », The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, USA

2001      « Pique-nique au bord du chemin », MAC, Marseille, France*

2000      « Jour de fête », Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

1999      « dAPERTutto », 48e Biennale de Venise, Venice, Italy

                « Copywork », Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, USA

                « The pack of the trans-schizophrenic clones », Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, USA ; Musée de l'Abbaye de Sainte-Croix, Les Sables d'Olonne, France*

1997      « L'autre », 4e Biennale d'Art Contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France

1995      « Comment mieux guider notre vie au quotidien ? », Galerie GP & N Vallois, Paris, France* 

                « Les Pages Roses », OffenesKulturhaus, Linz, Austria*

*One-man show

 

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