Snake Lamp (Stripe)
78 x 26 x 26 cm
Edition of 10 copies, signed & numbered by the artist
about this work
Zin Taylor has a philosophical approach to making art. He explores how objects can translate a thought, and how ideas can find a tangible form. His visual language uses black and white lines and dots, walking the line between figuration and abstraction. These lines and dots can form a sentence to articulate a form of narration. In the case of this lamp, four lines and a dot are enough to create a snake, chasing away the darkness and offering the possibility of discovering new worlds – by reading for nights on end.
Each lamp comes in a wooden box on which the artist has drawn a unique snake. The box also contains a copy of Junichiro Tanizaki’s book In Praise of Shadows. In this essay from 1933, the contrast between light and darkness is used to contrast Western and Asian cultures and to discuss traditional Japanese aesthetics. Finally, the book includes a limited edition photograph of a snake that Zin Taylor took and signed, as a bookmark.
about Zin Taylor
Zin Taylor could be introduced as a narrator of forms, one who uses a diverse range of mediums, including sculptural installations, drawing, animation, writing or storytelling. His practice investigates subjects through their shape, gesture and materiality – in sum, through their sculptural behaviour.
In his work, the physical status of a thing often becomes a space, one that not only hosts narrative prospects but also directs and reconsiders the psychological life of the thing in question. Treating every element – or thing – as a potential interlocutor, Zin Taylor opens up a conversation between and with items to which/whom no word is usually given. It is certainly surprising to see what a thing actually has to say when it is allowed to express something beyond its functionality, beyond its construction and material aspect.
(courtesy of La Loge)