Existential Yikes! Viktor Void puts ‘Freedom’ through the wringer
Viktor Void has just applied his kooky wit and graphic flair to a BUILDHOLLYWOOD takeover in Birmingham. In a live event the artist and illustrator hand painted a vivid, eye-catching work titled ‘Curated Freedom’.
At first glance it appears to be a sort of cartoon memento mori, a visual whistle stop tour reminding us of all the vices that’ll ensure we shuffle off this mortal coil sooner rather than later: booze (99.9% ABV… Eek!), fags, debt, drugs, screens, fast food, (un)happy pills and more.
Amidst the frenzy, in the centre of the work, there appears to be a tablet computer with a hand hovering over options to select a virtual experience (which, we are assured, ‘Feels Just Like The Real Thing’). Hiking, Drinking or Drawing, anyone? And then, whatever you feel about the potential excitement afforded by these activities there’s a disturbing proviso. The hand apparently poised to make the choice is, erm, compromised somewhat. The index finger is lopped off. It’s also been severed at the wrist. The radius bone is sticking out. Ouch, it looks nasty! Oh, and on the back of the hand there’s also an open mouth. It appears to be screaming.