THE SMILE OF A SNAKE. GEORGE HENRY LONGLY
Valentin, Paris is hosting until March 12 The Smile of a Snake, a solo exhibition by British artist George Henry Longly. The show takes its title from a language tutorial emphasizing the pronunciation of the letter “S”, which highlights how language is the physical process of forming sounds through the tongue. “S” is also the shape of the serpent, whose flexibility and musculature can evoke language. Built as an immersive environment, the exhibition plays upon the analogy between the physical materialization of language and the plastic shaping process. Here, references to industrial rationality and the structuring systems of architecture and language come into tension with the perceptions provoked by colors, smells and sound. Among the works on show are Touch it, bring it, babe, watch it / Turn it, leave it, stop, format it / Touch it, bring it, babe, watch it / Turn it, leave it, stop, format it, Our Love will last forever and Dark Lady, all from 2016.
The Smile of a Snake by George Henry Longly
Through March 12