One Night Stand Gallery
STAND-OUT! … & STANDSTILL!
Saturday, June 14th 2014, 7 – 10 pm
At this very instant his entire life flashed before his eyes as in a fast-forwarded movie… It felt like a sudden, stormy and passionate affair with contemporary art. Subjects, forms and images from the last 30 years rushed through the “basement” of his consciousness in a chaotic flash back of performances and installations, videos, objects and conceptual drawings with one line or one word, trashy frames and gorgeous prints; of slogans, bodies, coffins and mummies, books and ladders, business suites and stove-pipes, matches and snakes, spiders, ants and vacuum cleaners – all entangled in the tight knot of that obscure deviation from the passage of life they call One Night Stand in English.
That is the vision of Luchezar Boyadjiev for the third show in the One Night Stand Gallery in Sofia on the evening of Saturday, June 14th 2014 between 7 and 10 pm.
He is considered the most conceptual Bulgarian artist. The name Luchezar Boyadjiev is crucially linked with the beginning, the development and the spread of contemporary art from Bulgaria both here and all over the world during the last decades. In his works there is always some kind of dualism, some sort of ambivalence in both his attitude to reality and the meanings of his metaphors. “Standout! …& Stand-still!” is an installation especially created for the event from old and new works.
This is his first solo show in years. The address 25 Hristo Belchev St. is once again welcoming one of the most famous Bulgarian artists – in 1999 the Ata Center for Contemporary Art on the first floor, and in 2014 – the basement that used to be a clothing and shoes outlet, which is still keeping the traces from all previous interventions both artistic and commercial. In the middle of discontent and frustration that comes equally with age and the political situation, within the ever-present difficulty to find one’s own place and to make choices, the artist and the gallery are also marking the first anniversary of June 14th 2013 with this project.
Luchezar Boyadjiev is an artist based in Sofia, Bulgaria. His work is focused on private interpretations of public processes, issues of urban visuality and development of global cities, as well as fostering involvement with audiences in various cities through specific projects meant to break up the local/global, the active/passive participant, and the artist/audience divides. His primary media is installation, photography, drawing, text, video, and lecture-based performances. Among his most recent exhibition projects are: “Not a Library Artist Either”, Intervention Hüseyin B. Alptekin Archive, SALT Galata, Istanbul (2013, solo); “Luchezar Boyadjiev: Artist in the Storage”, City Art Gallery, Sofia (2010, solo); “Time Cube”, 2nd Biennial D-0 ARK Underground. Tito’s Nuclear Bunker near Konjic, Bosnia and Herzegovina (2013); “The Best of Times, the Worst of Times”, 1st Biennial, Kiev, Ukraine (2012); “The Eye Never Sees Itself”, 2nd Ural Industrial Biennial, Yekaterinburg, Russia (2012); and “The Global Contemporary. Art Worlds after 1989”, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany (2011).