Rooted in the atmosphere and language of the late 19th century, the distinct visual vocabulary of Victor Man is informed by a constant exploration of the paradoxes and incongruities of his own being. His paintings contain a certain nostalgia for literature. In what is known as an “ekphrastic” manner, or “sister art,” his paintings can be “read” through their references to a literary Other, be it a character out of Shakespeare or James Joyce. It is, in fact, as if the pictorial emblems of literary fictions or of cultural my themes call for an aesthetic-ethical option of “making sense” of the paintings. The manner of bringing together an apparent pictorial impermeability with the literary allusions and riddles from the titles attached to Man’s paintings is consistent with his rather elaborate strategy of visual rhetoric.
- Victor Man, Untitled, From the series Luminary Petals on a Wet, Black Bough 2015. Ph: Mathias Schormann. Courtesy the artist and Plan B Cluj, Berlin
- Victor Man, Early Paradise, 2015 - 2016, Ph: Mathias Schormann. Courtesy the artist and Plan B Cluj, Berlin
- Victor Man, Untitled (after Giovanni di Pietro). 2015. Ph: Mathias Schormann, Berlin Courtesy the artist and Plan B Cluj, Berlin