Survey by Qualaroo

Mircea Cantor: The Need for Uncertainty

Friday 12 September 2008 to Saturday 08 November 2008, 22:00 to 23:00

Mircea Cantor’s installations address the notions of displacement and co-existent worlds. Beyond the suspenseful and highly contrived encounter, Cantor discreetly evokes the uneasy confrontation of ideology, people and culture. Cantor will present a new installation at Arnolfini comprising a number of sculptural components elaborating on the theme of uncertainty.

Following his exhibition at Modern Art Oxford earlier this year, this exhibition will be a second stage project with significant new components, including a large-scale wooden gate traditionally seen in Romania, coated in gold leaf. The gate has been imposed with a DNA-strand motif symbolising life, yet paradoxically, certainty and control. An image of a carved wooden form wrapped around the trunk of a tree in a Transylvanian forest, and a flying carpet woven with motifs of angels and aeroplanes will be some of the elements used by Cantor to reflect on worlds within worlds, and on freedom and its limitations.

A free tour of the exhibition, led by Suzanne Cotter, Acting Director and Senior Curator at Modern Art Oxford, will take place at 5.30pm on Fri 12 Sep, followed by the exhibition preview. Booking recommended.

Supported by the Romanian Cultural Institute, London and the Ratiu Foundation.
A collaboration between Arnolfini, Camden Arts Centre, and Modern Art Oxford.

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