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Jan Vercruysse

Studio Trisorio Roma

Consistent with an artistic journey that now spans several decades, Jan Vercruysse’s new series “PLACES,” 2004–2005, refers back to some earlier series, particularly the “Tombeaux,” 1987–94, and “M,” 1992–98. The guiding images are the figures from playing cards: hearts, clubs, spades, and diamonds, cut from steel and hung on the wall (“PLACES [I]”) or incised into steel and set on the floor (“PLACES [II]”). Those on the wall displayed two winning poker combinations: a full house and two pairs. The edging, obviously machine-made with a die, results in a clear, dry, and precise silhouette, and the works consequently bring to mind banners, heraldic coats of arms, or medieval emblems. Since the iconographic source belongs to the realm of games, clearly there is also the idea of chance or risk. We are presented with something that causes us to stop in our steps and pushes us to reflect, to

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