At the Discretion of River

Photo of Samuel Béland

At the Discretion of River

Written by

Samuel Béland



interpreted by

Jean-François Laporte

At the Discretion of River was inspired by Chinese traditional painting, most notably the concepts of emptiness and fullness. Islands of materials — plains, mountains, and rivers — are painted separately and connected by emptiness, a buffer zone consisting of "nothing." The interest resides in the interdependence between emptiness and fullness : emptiness, being constantly identical and homogenous, completely depends on the context built by fullness, while fullness owes all of its poetry and balance to the context created by emptiness.