Artist Louis Olive exhibits his minotaur at the Chapel of the Blue Penitents in La Ciotat

Artist Louis Olive exhibits his minotaur at the Chapel of the Blue Penitents in La Ciotat
Artist Louis Olive exhibits his minotaur at the Chapel of the Blue Penitents in La Ciotat

The walls are covered with paintings, photos, glass cages house sculptures, but at the very back, at the top of a few steps, we discover the installation of our fellow citizen, the Ceyreste artist Louis Olive. It is a representation of the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur – this half-man, half-bull monster who lives in a labyrinth that terrorizes the population and its king who must regularly provide him with seven young boys and seven young girls to feed him.

“A nugget”

It so happens that for a few days now, several visitors have been touched by this work that resonates with them in a different way. They express their feelings during conversations, meetings and phone calls. Among them, Suzanne Centino shares her thoughts: “Louis’ installation is a gem of the exhibition. In addition to the remarkable artistic work of metal and sculpture, the evocation of this myth comes at just the right time. What monster is devouring our youth today? Globalism, new technologies, the lack of culture that induce fanaticism and violence? What demiurge will find the Ariadne’s thread that will deliver us? Will it be red, green or blue so that the humanist values ​​dear to all beings of good will are respected?

Contacted, the artist was happy to provoke these emotions.The theme Body and mind, he tells us, seduced me. For bodies I have Theseus and the Minotaur, muscle, strength and even bestial strength… you just have to see! As for the mind, look for the woman, I have Ariadne all intelligence and sensitivity… and her thread, Ariadne’s thread, that a Cosquer 2,800 years later will still use to get out of his underwater cave. That’s to say the intelligence of the find and the damsel! Without the love that Ariadne has for Theseus, he would never have come out of the labyrinth in which he had become entangled. And to think that Theseus will abandon him later on the island of Naxos!”

Louis Olive will always surprise us with his winks, he represented the remains of the children devoured by the monster by bones painted in pink and baby blue… The work is also punctuated by extracts from poems by Françoise Donnadieu which are an opening to reflection and imagination. Finally, Louis’ installation leaves no one indifferent. There is still time to go see it until July 13 to get an idea, will you be shocked, moved, or both?

“Sirens” exhibition, Chapel of the Blue Penitents, boulevard Anatole-France, 13600 La Ciotat, until July 13.

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