Nedko Solakov, ‘The Abstract Painting (with no frame)’, 2016, Georg Kargl Fine Arts

Text handwritten on the frame:

A tiny abstract painting, a 10 x 10 cm black square, felt miserably insignificant. First, she saw on the internet that she was not unique at all, a very bad thing for any work of art, especially an abstract one. Despite all assurances by the (apparently mediocre) artist who created her, it turned out that there were these other famous black squares and other very large black paintings, all made years ago, and now hanging in the most prestigious museums in the world. Second, when she hired a philosopher-storyteller to put her in an intelligent context and thus possibly raise her status, nothing meaningful emerged. Instead, the philosopher-storyteller invented a silly story about her having no frame for her 10 x 10 cm body, and how, miraculously, a gorgeous golden frame appeared out of the blue – supposedly making her story ready to enter the history of art, and so on, such rubbish. So here she is, insignificantly walking, and thinking how she might run away from her ornamental context, but mainly wondering how to force her creator to stop making other paintings at all. Luckily she doesn’t know that the painter and the philosopher-storyteller were brothers, and the woodcarver was their first cousin and the husband of the restorer who gilded this bravura. That poor abstract black painting, with no frame, still walking and wondering.

About Nedko Solakov

European contemporary artist Nedko Solakov has produced a wide variety of drawings, paintings, performances, and installations in which he uses humor and absurdity to critically question art institutions and practices, as well as societal norms and expectations. Trained in classical mural painting, Solakov combines his traditional education with conceptual practices to create sharp-witted works. In a seminal piece and cathartic act of disclosure, titled Top Secret (1989), Solakov filled a small chest with cards detailing his collaborations with the Bulgarian secret police as a youth. Reacting to the controversy that arose over the work and the shocking confession it contained, Solakov wrote, “Only he or she who can overcome his or her fears can be a true artist.”

Bulgarian, b. 1957, Cherven Briag, Bulgaria, based in Sofia, Bulgaria

Solo Shows

2017
Dvir Gallery, 
Brussels,
Color Stories

Group Shows

2014
Dvir Gallery, 
Tel Aviv,
Les yeux seuls sont encore capables de pousser un cri * (* Les Feuillets d’Hypnos by René Char)
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