Ariel SouléCombos
Soulé + Toparovsky

9. Clash of civilizations

12 plates on the model of the Iliadic tables
representing the events of the Homeric
culture. the plates of Soulé and Toparovsky
all refer to a unique single source, the Iliad,
and develop episodes that find correspondence
in the contemporary world as proof
that the themes of war, of the passions and
fate do not ever change and remain in the
history of paradigmatic humanity.

1. Just War
2. Cassandra or the unheard voice of passion
3. Love as casus belli
4. When the Gods interfere
5. Heroism and cunning
6. The invincible defeated
7. The destruction of the city
8. The final duel
9. Clash of civilizations
10. Glory unparalleled
11. The fall of heroes
12. Andromache or loyalty

An endless roll listed, then, by subject, light
games and shapes that allow you to read
chapters, elegantly indecent episodes of noble
brutality and dignified exhibitionism. The 12
multiples trace the lyrics of the origin of
Western culture, mixing, as usual for Soulé

and Toparovsky, painting and sculpture in
minute formal descriptions that recount these
dialogues so passionately.

The twelve Tabulae of Soulé and Toparovsky
represent both tradition and contemporaneity
as they concede to an ideal of structured and
sophisticated form and to the logic of original
invention: a multiplicity of mirrors (12). The
work , which is symmetrical and specular to
Homeric inspiration, is the theology of
existence, with its eternal themes of
exploration, inviting us to cross the threshold
to better understand the present.

It is a world that perpetuates its escape by
following the paths of combinatorial

~Gianni Donatelli
Professor of the Philosophy of Language
Politechnico di Milano

See also:
Slideshow (on PicasaWeb)
Critical review (Tonino Zana)

  Tabulae 1-12 Top of the page

Just war

Just war (detail)

Casandra or the unheard voice of passion

Casandra or the unheard voice of passion (detail)
Casandra or the unheard voice of passion (detail)

Love as cassus belli

Love as cassus belli (detail)
Love as cassus belli (detail)

When the Gods interfere

When the Gods interfere (detail)
When the Gods interfere (detail)

Heroism and cunning

Heroism and cunning (detail)

The invincible defeated

The invincible defeated (detail)

The destruction of the city

The destruction of the city (detail)
The destruction of the city (detail)

The final duel

The final duel (detail)

Clash of civilations

Clash of civilations (detail)
Clash of civilations (detail)
Clash of civilations (detail)

Glory unparalled

Glory unparalled (detail)
Glory unparalled (detail)
Glory unparalled (detail)

Fall of the heroes

Fall of the heroes (detail)

Andromache or loyalty

Andromache or loyalty (detail)

  Critical Review Top of the page

11. The Fall of the heroes

Ariel Soulé and Simon Toparovsky, a
painter and sculptor, respectively, move
together, build shared arts dreams, draw
shapes and colors and give the dimension
of time, past and present. They are never
resigned to a prophecy about the future.

Tavole, in the language of classicism,
signifies a life survey, human and artistic,
seen as columns in a layout. Tabulae, as I
see them, is the result, the mind, the chain,
the musical score, green cuttings in
nature, shots of pain and of small joy.
Tabulae is life translated into art according
to the culture of two itinerants traveling in
many parts of the world, from afar and
capable of building a synthesis between
diverse cultural junctures.

There is an air of the ancient and the
postmodern in the message of Ariel Soulé

and Simon Toparovsky. In this first
Tabula,,"The Fall of the Heroes" can be
seen all the lost dimensions of a mythical
translation of history, the sinews of power,
the allegation of unnecessary pride.

Soulé and Toparovsky are committed to
describing the inexorable end of
aspirations, the transience of vanitas, the
brittleness of the material. Nothing resists
the millstone of time, nothing should
escape. Soulé and Toparosvky proceed
courageously for "Tabulae" to flip through
and count the existential nature of humans
and inhumans ready to withstand and
ready to fall under the mallets of fate
potently returned to the pages of our day.

~Tonino Zana

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