Gilles Barbier

  • Gilles Barbier

  • Gilles Barbier- Hors les Murs

    L’oeuvre boîte, 2018

    Thermo-lacquered aluminium
    3 elements
    87 x 190 x 50 cm each

    Georges-Philippe et Nathalie Vallois, Paris

    Gilles Barbier was born in 1965 in Vanuatu, an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. He lives and works in Marseille. The artist borrows from cosmogonic tales that found Melanesian or Polynesian beliefs, like those compiled by Teuira Henry in his Tahitian Myths. The shark’s fin is at once that which is partially hidden, that which slips into in-between spaces, and that which hunts. It is a cartoonish graphic element, immediately recognisable and associated with the Pacific. Here, Gilles Barbier transforms the everyday object of the can opener into a shark, ready to hunt down the art lover on the lawns of the Tuileries. L’oeuvre boîte is playful yet serious, seductive yet radical.

    Courtesy Galerie GP & N Vallois
    Photo: Marc Domage


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