The Labyrinth of Tantalus
artist's book and installation for closed gallery
Marchland Strand, 2012
Anna Daedalus — photography, printing, book binding, installation design & construction
Leo Daedalus — photography, layout, printing, installation design & construction
The Labyrinth of Tantalus is both a book and an installation for a closed gallery.
This project was originally conceived and produced as an installation for Portland's 23 Sandy Gallery while it was closed for winter break during January 2012. The installation consists of the eight individual spreads of the book, suspended in the gallery in such a way as to be progressively less readable.
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The Labyrinth of Tantalus also exists as an edition of eight books. Page by page, the text "recedes" as a swath of white space widens in its midst, rendering the story, a mystery concerning closed bookshops, progressively unreadable.