Man, where are you? Night Visions. Exhibition by Ivan Kanchev on permanent display at the 912 Factory, in Sofia, Bulgaria
September 2020 – Permanent display
The project “Man, where are you?” concerns current problems of the present existence . Everything is fragmented in ecological, social and political terms. The earth is “notched”. The man is small and naked, confused and defenseless, represented with outstretched arms and legs apart – in poetic and artistic crucifix. It is an object-subject, center and periphery, meaning and time.
The man runs, looking to find his foundations. His human nature is shaken. Embroiled in the mosaic of continuing problems, frantically seeks happiness in the maze of life . But is he able to come to his senses and find himself? Will he find happiness in this direction of search?
The depicted scenes with clay and fire in “Man, where are you?” are nocturnal , as in a dream, as picture visions. Thematically they are derived from the heritage of universal history and culture. The monumental vessel shape is symbolic. The circle is like an echo of the ideal, like an image of Mother Earth, like the Sun. The rectangle is reminiscent of the human existence, the boundaries of time, space and corporeality.
The message in the project “Man, where are you?” is : (1) a call to return to natural life, (2) a call to the essential in art, (3) a call to be oriented towards the primary meaning of being, (4) a call to come out of spiritual death, (5) a call to self- realization through self-expression.
The project “Man, where are you?” unites the sculpture and the functional vessel, by mosaic technique. Thus it seeks universality, while preserving national traditions.
The exhibition can be visited by appointment.
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