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'Sequelism Part 3: Possible, Probable, or Preferable Futures', Arnolfini, Bristol | by latitudes-flickr
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'Sequelism Part 3: Possible, Probable, or Preferable Futures', Arnolfini, Bristol

Victor Man b. 1974, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Lives in Cluj-Napoca

Untitled (we die,) (2008)

Neon, vinyl. Courtesy of the artist and Johnen Galerie, Berlin

Untitled (Towards an Absent Friend) (2008)

Funerary ceramic with rubber mat. Courtesy the artist and Zero..., Milan

Untitled (2009)

Steel and taxidermy fox head. Courtesy of the artist and Zero..., Milan

 

Victor Man draws on memory and mourning, ‘folk’ traditions and the history of art to create oblique arrangements of sombre paintings, texts and minimally altered objects. Often melancholic and sparse, his works seem to refuse unambiguous meaning. In the context of Sequelism the artist’s seemingly disparate gathering of elements could be read in terms of premonition and symbolic rites which relate to the uncertainty of the

future in a similar way that memory relates to the past. A taxidermy fox head is wedged within a metal structure as if a votive or magical offering. Vinyl text on a wall is negated by a neon ‘X’. A ceramic funerary plate bears the image of stars, whose arrangement has often been interpreted by man in terms of fate and fortune.

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Taken on July 14, 2009