Ariadne, Princess of Knossos and half-sister of the dreaded Minotaur, is often referred to as the Mistress of the Labyrinth in ancient myths. In “Filles d’Ariane”, photographer Patrice Delmotte shares his favorite landscape, the bodies of
By Iris Liao, art curator
Baptiste Tavernier is a French artist who splits his time between Taiwan and Japan and has a keen interest in, and knowledge of, Asian cultures. Before coming to Taiwan, he lived for a decade in Japan, studying that country’s language and traditions. Both his selection of media and his artistic style are deeply influenced by Japanese techniques. His love of washi (Japanese paper) did not, however, keep him from creating recent works on thin Taiwanese rice paper using traditional
Without them, no maze, no labyrinth, just empty spaces…
May they be made of turf and stones (symbolic), yew, rocks or bricks (actual)… also graphite, ink, oil or paper, filling the white.
A labyrinth starts with perpendicular walls, a “seed pattern” from which emerges a corridor, the path to the entrance…Two parallel walls frame an empty space from which emerges a maze, unfurling a path to the exit.
As soon as one draws lines, they symbolically turn into walls or invert into corridors.
One day, I flew over Venice, metaphorically—Google Earth. There I saw new possibilities: canals and bridges, creating a new
Adam Soldofsky x. Baptiste Tavernier
Baptiste Tavernier and poet Adam Soldofsky’s collaboration for the magazine 7×7 LA.
For the last couple years, I have edited a magazine called 7×7 LA, which facilitates creative collaboration between artists and writers based on a format inspired by early 20th century Surrealist parlour games. Every published story or issue of the magazine is a unique collaboration between one artist and one writer who engage with
Par Marie PARRA ALEDO.
Marie Parra Aledo, née en 1955. Journaliste artistique (1978-86). Organisatrice d’expositions d’art japonais en France (1981-2010). Professeur de langue et civilisation japonaises (1989-2008). Docteur en langue et civilisation japonaises (2006). Auteur d’études sur l’art. Traductrice du japonais vers le français et l’espagnol.
BAPTISTE TAVERNIER, L’ART DES LABYRINTHES
Tourner, retourner, suivre
Les labyrinthes imaginaires de Baptiste Tavernier me rappellent instantanément un propos exprimé dans un contexte étranger au monde des arts par une femme politique d’exception, et plusieurs formes artistiques dont une, notamment, propre aux Aborigènes, premiers habitants de l’Australie qui firent connaître leur art en même temps que leurs riches traditions, lorsque ceux-ci acquirent