4 – 26 May 2023
On May 4, 2023, Rakursi Gallery opened the exhibition “Grasping Shadows” by Chavdar Ghiuselev at the Bulgarian Cultural Institute in London.
The artist, who acts between classical painting – graphics – scenography – photography – illustration and book layout, shows works created in the last six years. Chavdar Ghiuselev’s exhibitions are invitations to a passionate game with drawn figures and unwritten rules that you have to puzzle out for yourself. In order to succeed, you have to get to the messages – on the border between feeling and premonition, confidence and paradox, by which the artist charges his images.
There is no bottom, no top, no left, no right, from wherever you look at his paintings, everything will be right, because there is no right. In the part of outer space, geometric figures and human heads float, frozen in stable compositions, enough to awaken a fleeting hope for order and meaning, for law and trust. Until you feel that the artist, has long entered in collusion with theater and myth, is joking; that for him God is a child playing with cubes, and we, who knows why, have decided to call this “our life”.
In the freely flying and floating heads in his graphics, decapitated worldly vanity triumphs at the expense of a time-slowing universal calm, and his picturesque canvases wisely contemplate landscapes emptied of the annoying human presence with a quiet and unobtrusive secret within them.
Chavdar is tolerant, subversive and ironic, like an electron – never in the same place in his art and life. He seems self-absorbed and even a little arrogant, but if you ask him what is the most important thing in the world, he will answer – to have someone to ask.”
The exhibition was opened by the Bulgarian Minister of Culture Nayden Todorov.
The exhibition was also visited by the Vice President of Bulgaria, Mrs. Iliana Yotova and H.E. Mr. Marin Raykov.
At the opening of the exhibition, the audience also enjoyed the musical performances of the duet Boyan Ivanov – clarinet and Lili Petrova – piano.
The exhibition continues until 26 May 2023.