Magazine printed in offset on Munken Lynx Rough (90 g), with two perforations on the top of each page
31 × 23 cm / 31 x 46 cm (double-page spread)
Edition of 33 copies signed and numbered by the artist, plus 3 artist’s proofs, 3 publisher’s proofs, and 21 hors-commerce copies.
trois rivières is, as its title suggests ["three rivers"], a work at the confluence of various streams. It brings together different sources of inspiration, materials, and motifs to tell a story whose conclusion remains resolutely open-ended.
In line with Sylvie Eyberg’s previous works, images and words coexist in an elaborate and elliptical manner. The texts are disseminated across double-page spreads, as if in a vaporous state, while found black and white images—the main material of Eyberg’s early print works—run alongside color photographs taken by the artist—which remind us of the more personal, quasi-autobiographical tone of her recent films.
These elements are combined through processes of repetition, echo, and transparency to create a musical and even lyrical composition, an “Invitation to the Voyage.” Although the human figures seem static, either lost in contemplation or stuck in sameness, the sense of passage and transience in these pages is constant—a paradoxical feeling perfectly embodied by the expression “courir dans un rectangle” [“running around in a rectangle”]. The notion of fluidity that pervades the magazine also echoes the writings of Virginia Woolf—one of Eyberg’s favourite authors—, in which the theme of water, symbol of constant mutability and reflection, appears as an analogy of consciousness.
Sylvie Eyberg’s show took place at Keijiban from January 15 to February 14, 2022.