Jean Daviot: Typographic Wordscapes

Typography landscapes, wordplay in grass, Lieu Lien, French art, Jean Daviot, type installationTypography landscapes, wordplay in grass, Memoire, French art, Jean Daviot, type installationTypography landscapes, wordplay in grass, Imagine, Memoire, French art, Jean Daviot, type installationClick to enlarge

French artist Jean Daviot works in a variety of mediums including painting, photography, video, and installation art. Throughout, he plays with aural and linguistic analogies. In his installations he is particularly interested in wordplay; in seeing words and type as shapes and then in essence dissecting them and seeing the words within the words. For example: MEmoiRE (memory), a word he uses in several installations, contains the letters M-O-I (self) inserted between the word MERE (Mother). He likes to take the words literally and then turn them upside down.

From the artist:
I’m particularly aware of those moments called entre chien et loup in French (twilight, when a wolf can’t be distinguished from a dog), those fleeting instants when day turns into night or vice versa and shapes are seen in a different light. All of my work is situated in this slippery moment, this passage in one direction or the other, that instant that suddenly reveals the face of things you thought were hidden and now suddenly can be seen, like the appearance of shapes through the intervention of an artwork that invites interpretation.

via documents dartistes and artpress

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