View of “Fabrice Hyber,” 2014.

View of “Fabrice Hyber,” 2014.

Fabrice Hyber

Galerie Nathalie Obadia | Rue du Bourg Tibourg

View of “Fabrice Hyber,” 2014.

Fabrice Hyber’s recent exhibition was perversely titled “Interdit aux Enfants” (Children Not Allowed), though it was in fact designed specifically for children, or at least conceived with their small size and big imaginations in mind. Known for his quirky “Prototypes d’Objets en Fonctionnement” (Prototypes of Functioning Objects), 1991–, Hyber here complemented new POFs, mostly modified versions of earlier designs that have been scaled into child-friendly formats, with energetic diagrammatic paintings. Transforming the gallery into an informal classroom-cum-laboratory, with charts and annotations scrawled directly on the walls in charcoal and videos demonstrating how his artworks were made or are meant to be employed, Hyber, a trained scientist, underscored the at once didactic and user-friendly appeal of his experimental practice.

The show’s centerpiece was a low plywood platform

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