Will Narby and Radoslav Ninov’s exhibition is informed by each artist’s involvement in the linguistic ‘slipperiness’ within painting. SOFT YES is an ongoing conversation which reflects on common approach to making that is generated by ways ‘knowing’. A knowingness that is intangible or malleable, which is further mystified through series of interruptions within the painting dialogue. Like a nod of the head which emphasises its temporality while suggesting a continuity.
SOFT YES comprises of new works by the artists which will include painting, drawing, sculpture and installation works.
Will and Radoslav first met in 2014 while studying at Goldsmiths University of London where they both actively participated in the organising of, and leading discussions on the subject of painting. They have collaborated on several exhibition including ‘Space 43’ in London and ‘UpRiver’ at the Centre of Contemporary Art ‘Ancient Baths’ in Plovdiv.
Radoslav Ninov (born in Bulgaria, lives and works in Bulgaria and London) is a graduate from Goldsmiths University of London. Ninov uses colour as the reflexive muscle that continually stretches the boundary between the narrator's role, the archaeologist and the one who documents the experience of the everyday life. Ninov is interest in the history of objects and artefacts and the possibility to fictionalise his personal encounter with them into segments of a non-traditional set of interpretations and meanings. These meetings are often depicted in his paintings as masses of undefined appearances that look for a given possibility to establish themselves to any and all botanical or zoological ways of categorization. In his practice, he uses the vocabulary of painting, drawing, sculpture and found objects.
His recent exhibitions include: Saint Johnny and The Cherry Picker Escadrille, Arosita Gallery (Sofia); NOT A BAD DAY, Rakursi gallery (Sofia); Art Start: Young artists to follow in 2017, Goethe Institut Bulgaria (Sofia); UpRiver, Center for Contemporary Art ‘Ancient Baths’ (Plovidv). Radoslav is the recipient of the “Edmond Demirdjian” painting award for 2016 and “The Neville Burston” award for 2015.
William Narby (born in France, lives and works in London) is a graduate from Goldsmiths University of London. Narby is interested in a formalism that imposes an idea of authority be it in abstraction, the space that surrounds us, or even in an idea of masculinity. Within these established frames, Narby is interested in finding points of possible transformation, through the comic, the absurd and delicate. Minimalist abstraction is fused with anthropomorphic interventions. There is a heightened sexualised presence recurring through the work, this becomes materialised through unexpected assemblages.
His recent exhibitions include: Spring Exhibition 2017, Kunsthal Charlottenborg (Copenhagen), Art Camp, ASC Studios (London); At Sea, White Conduct
Projects (London), Space 43, Lewisham Way (London); UpRiver, Center for Contemporary Art ‘Ancient Baths’ (Plovidv)
William is the recipient of the “Warden Award” of Goldsmiths University.