Isa Barbier at the Helenbeck Gallery: the informal silence

ring diam©Isa Barbier

esquif©Isa Barbier

vue de l'exposition

carré©Isa Barbier

esquif©Isa Barbier

esquif©Isa Barbier

esquif chevelure©Isa Barbier

esquif chevelure ©Isa Barbier

barbier bleu rex©Isa Barbier

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ring diam©Isa Barbier
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esquif©Isa Barbier
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vue de l'exposition
Trulli
carré©Isa Barbier
Trulli
esquif©Isa Barbier
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esquif©Isa Barbier
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esquif chevelure©Isa Barbier
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esquif chevelure ©Isa Barbier
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barbier bleu rex©Isa Barbier

Still lifes such as piles of vegetables or fruits and for their symbolic charge are remembered. They should also be referred to only as their Flemish origin, as “silent lives”. And it is in the resonance of this context that Isa Barbier’s work blossoms. Not by accumulation, but on the contrary by a return to the sources of the vegetable world, to the air that carries it or to the trembling of the feathers, to the immaculate whiteness, to the barely perceptible breath of life when all this is adorned with the informal silence

Because can we suggest a form for silence? And what would happen to the one who would rush into the gaps of this creation? Because beyond a relationship with the Land Art Isa Barbier sets out the minimum elements of a work’s development and, in a nutshell, all the disturbances that threaten it. The adventure is now in this inner experience when it matches all the atoms of nature

With recollection, the artist collects the most humble fragments. Delicately painted leaves, stems with modulated curves or agglomerates of pine needles coated with colours disperse in space, not to reveal a gesture or extract the essence of things but rather to divert these elements from their biological origin in order to confront them with the consequences of art

This intimacy that is created between this early nature and the built work is woven with extreme delicacy: the invisible air, by the lightness of its breath, penetrates the gap of the layers of layers on which Isa Barbier draws herbs like coloured jets. Elsewhere, geometric figures seize space, gorging themselves with its light. And yet everything here is only an assemblage, a poetic grammar of the signs of nature. On the edge of the visible, suspended feathers spread their snow, attached to the virgin’s threads. Whispers and vibrations, lightness of the world that the artist gently accompanies. Everything nestles in this undulation of matter, this breathing of things when the artist selects the finest parcels of them to spread them on a score whose notes we would perceive as tenuous as a fall of flakes

It is then necessary to open oneself to delight, to humbly abandon oneself to this almost nothing in which the veins of the living sparkle. It is no longer a question of seeing, hearing or even confiding in all our senses, but rather of engaging in a serene contemplation. These simple lineaments, thread by thread, weave like the aerial architecture of a nest and the artist then manages to give shape to the silence

 

Until May 31, 2019,

Isa Barbier, “Lineaments”

Helenbeck Gallery
6 rue Defly, 06000 Nice

Michel Gathier

With a literary background, Michel Gathier developed a passion for art very early, particularly during long stays abroad. He has contributed to the magazine “L’art vivant” and now...

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