For its third participation at Art Brussels, SARIEV Contemporary gallery presents a dialogue between two emerging talents of the international art scene, which have achieved significant success in the past three years in their work with curators, museums, biennials and attracting collectors’ interest.
What the two artists – Valio Tchenkov (born 1966, based in Munich) and Martina Vacheva (born 1988, based in Plovdiv and Brittany, West France) – have in common, is that in a bright and professional artistic style they look for a casual but profound contemporary reading of the myths and the cultural clichés that are the starting point of our civilization development.
The works on the wall by Valio Tchenkov are a unique example of contemporary painting. As a starting point they have the paintings of the old masters; they pass through them in an intelligent manner, and with ruffian charm hurtle through surrealism and comics, in order to reach the ever more dynamic contemporary dialogue between the object and the painting. Valio Tchenkov achieves this thanks to his exceptional painting technique, in which the slits, the applied objects, the chains sticking out, the wooden sticks serve as a grounding in modernity and reality. Works in which the connoisseur's self-ironic eyes see as in a fast-paced frame where we left from and where we got to.
Part of Valio Tchenkov’s works exhibited by SARIEV Contemporary at Art Brussels were included in the artist’s big presentation at the Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (RIBOCA1) in the summer of 2018, curated by Katerina Gregos.
Thе objects by Martina Vacheva are part of the project “Mud”(2018), which was first shown in her eponymous solo show in SARIEV Contemporary. They are inspired from Bulgarian legends and motifs of lost fairy tales which are – as “Mud” itself – a reflection of human nature, its evolution and decline. The works are a combination of ceramics with other natural materials which bear information on their own, such as dry grass, stones, branches, fertilizer, ash, lichens, mosses, clumps of mud. All of them are materials that decompose or convert into sand and ashes or that blot themselves out or take another form. So they mark a natural cycle as is expressed by the transformation of matter into dust, the decay of nature and its rebirth into another existence.
Part of Martina Vacheva’s works exhibited by SARIEV Contemporary at Art Brussels will be included in her first museum exhibition in Germany that will tale place in the summer of 2019.
SARIEV Contemporary is a multigenerational gallery considered one of the essential places for discovering contemporary art in Bulgaria. SARIEV Contemporary was founded by Katrin Sarieva and Vesselina Sarieva in 2011 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria's second largest city. The gallery's activities have always extended beyond its physical space, as evidenced by the large number of satellite projects and educational initiatives in SARIEV's history.
For more information, please contact Vesselina Sarieva [email protected]