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Guillaume Pilet | Double Happiness | until May 30th |
In his first solo exhibition at Barbara Seiler, Guillaume Pilet (*1984, Lausanne CH) is showing his latest work conceived during two consecutive residencies in Shanghai last year. A new, large scale, floating painting carries the name of Huangpu River, a 117km long river that flows through Shanghai, while a series of small, shaped paintings refers to the Pudong, a district in Shanghai east of the Huangpu River, where Pilet spent his second residency. The new, shaped paintings relate to Pilet’s series of shaped canvas paintings, which he started in 2014 and which is represented by the earlier painting Give truth a chance no4 on the consecutive wall in the exhibition. For the first time in his extensive exhibition history the artist combines new works with earlier pieces. Together with the intensive colors – Palermo Brown, English Rose Pink, Mojave Yellow and Atlantik Blue – he chose for the walls, Pilet creates this exhibition as an encompassing painting experience.
Two other series that are represented in Double Happiness are the ‘tie and dye’ paintings with MI HERMANO and MI HERMANA, and a paravent which is part of the installation Atlas theater, and the mummy sculptures, which refer to early childhood memories. Few years ago, digging into his family archive, Pilet found pictures of kids mummified under layers of toilet paper. He placed these human shaped cocoons into the space to create an uncanny presence with the intent to trigger a kind of déjà-vu, a memory of memories.
Last days to see the exhibition! 👀
Guillaume Pilet Double Happiness Installation view: Barbara Seiler, Zurich, 2020 📸: Stefan Altenburger Photography
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