El Aumento – The Expand
September 19 – October 7, 2023
Rakursi Art Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition of Valentin Bakardjiev “El Aumento – The Expand”. The exhibition is provoked by artist’s personal searches related to the study of the creative inspiration. The works are created from his “old” paintings, which he transforms into new works by cutting them into pieces. These pieces are then put back together like a puzzle. The “new” works rise figuratively and literally, as from a two-dimensional canvas, Valentin Bakardjiev creates three-dimensional objects, using the volume of a pyramid – as a basis. Multiplied, these pyramids intensify the feeling of the vibration of the canvas itself. At the same time, parts of the old canvases can still be recognized in them – an eye, hand, face, but constructed in a new way and carrying a new meaning, for a different overlay of stories, rearranged, like a harmonious mosaic that sets off the viewer to new journeys.
Curator Mila Stareishinska – Angelova
The creative process.
Valentin Bakardjiev was born in Bulgaria. He has lived in Bulgaria, Dominican Republic and Italy and now he is holding residency in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Valentin Bakardjiev had numerous solo and group exhibitions in Paris, Amsterdam, Geneva, Shanghai, Milan and Chicago.
His work fuses traditional with the contemporary and The East with The West back together.
Some of his recent participations in various international forums are:
Le Grand Bleu “Planet Nine - The Missing Planet” selected for participation in The 7th Riga International Triennial Tradition & Innovation: QUO VADIS, in the summer of 2023.
Le Grand Bleu “d’Earth” selected for participation in the International Biennial for Paper Fiber Art, Earth Speak: Giving Voice to Paper 2023/24 At the National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute NTCRI, Nantou, Taiwan. And the exhibition "THE POWER", Alina Art Foundation in Torino, Italy.