Memory – deconstruction
"Painting for me is a daily
routine that enables me to avoid falling into boredom and inactivity. I
need to 'do' things every day." The objects and images used by Victor
Man hark back to a more or less recent past and focus precisely on the
actions of passing time. Certain objects out of context suggest new
stories. By voiding the images of their initial contents and extirpating
their original meaning, Victor Man allows for possible new readings.
Only a part of the original remains intact: stealing their soul is the
last action that the artist performs before he reintroduces them in a
What is important in the images is the impression of
déjà-vu that they inspire, the innuendo-filled story they imply as if
they were ghosts of something that they used to be. In his paintings and
in certain drawings, the artist demonstrates particular attention to
the past and a will to reconstruct a personal memory.
- Victor Man
work brings together disparate references to his birthplace with its
‘folk’ traditional and myths, as well as allusions to more recent
Eastern European history.
Richly evocative, dark in both palette
and imagery, to suggest a voyeuristic gaze, Man’s works signify an
alternative world beyond familiar experience. This is enhanced by the
artist’s technique of using a ‘black’ mirror, a device which distances
the act of visualization for both himself and us. Images of women,
wolves and gloves recur across several pieces, sometimes eroticied;
notions of the unconscious, a surreal nether-world where new codes exist
Motifs repeatedly hint at acts of subversion,
fictions half-uttered as if time had momentarily stopped, the present
dissolving. Here, Man’s work considers notions of desire and its various
manifestations along with fragmentation – geographical and ideological –
coming together to create new narratives. Images and objects used by
the artist are captured and recycled from a wide range of sources, found
near his studio and home, then juxtaposed in a representation of his
changing world and the Romania of previous generations. The
transformation occurring within Eastern Europe, reflected in the re-contextualized diversity of Man’s work, is obliquely examined,
ensuring that a history is not lost but reconstituted with new meaning.
International contemporary art
Monday, May 21, 2012
Victor Mann "The White Shadow of His Talent" at Blum and Poe, Culver City California
at May 21, 2012
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