Art In America

Julien Bismuth

at Simone Subal,
131 Bowery

 

Julien Bismuth's second solo at Simone Subal extends his preoccupation with how and why we communicate, and is well worth the slow, considerate attention it demands. Two videos-of a man reading a book and a woman watching a film-portray subjects absorbed in a personal experience, while a pair of headphones hanging in the center of the gallery invites us to isolate ourselves in a similar way to take in an audio monologue about ambition. The walls are printed with high-contrast silkscreened images of hands (the screens used for printing are also hanging nearby). Is this a sign language open for interpretation? Or an opaque play of shadows?

 

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