Georgi Iankov
05.07.2016
Gordon Carter
06.07.2016

Bogdan Alexandrov

Born 1960, Vidin, Bulgaria, Lives and works in Vidin


1989 University “St. Cyril and Methodius” Veliko Tarnovo Master, “Painting”
Solo exhibitions (selection)


2010 “Panta rei”, painting, Novi Sad, Serbia.


2010 “Noise”, Sofia Art Gallery, Sofia, (BG), painting, sound installation

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2008 “Entrebaillement”, video installation, performance, featuring: Dance avec rules and Studios de Micandanses, Cite International Des Arts, Paris, France “Mixed”, Gallery “Art Alley”, Sofia, (BG), digital printing, painting, video.


2007 “Initial E”, paintings, works on paper, video installation, “Replacement”, painting, screening, (within the “TheProcess”), curated by Gordon Carter, HG “Nikola Petrov”, Vidin, Bulgaria


2006 “image retention”, painting, Narodni muzej Zajecar, Serbia


2005 “residual image” painting gallery “Old Kapetan” Zemun, Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro


2003 “Anthropomorphic version of” Painting, National Art Gallery, Hall “Crypt”, Sofia, Bulgaria


2002 “Bulgaria: Art in Transition”, Sofia Art Gallery, London, UK, curator Ruen Ruenov, solo exhibition “My Glagolitic” (within the project)


2001 “banks”, painting, King’s Head Gallery, Pristiyn, UK


1999 “Metamorphoses of the moment”, painting and sculpture, Gallery of Art 36, Sofia, Bulgaria


1997 Gallery “DURE”, Timisoara, Romania Gallery “ladder”, Sofia, Bulgaria Group exhibitions and participation in international forums for contemporary art (selection) Mtel


2007 Awards for Contemporary Bulgarian Art


2006, NPC Sofia Possible answers exhibition at the Festival of stock curators and performance: Ruenov Rouen, Yovo Panchev, Shipka 6 Sofia


“Optica: The Gijon International Festival of Video Art”, Spain Process-Space Festival,
“Open Doors”, “97 m2 renovation of private space “fiber / fasteners on wall;


“Study for the renovation of privacy”, acrylic / bookmarks vinyl, Balchik, Bulgaria
“Video Art – Start from Zero”, for Festival Miden, Athens, Greece


“Festival Miden”, “Parallel Worlds”, Kalamata, Greece,
“Time Unmarked” video 4’48”DVD 2006 10 x 5 x 3 section of the exhibition “Painting”, UBA, Shipka 6


Project “Psycho Twins’ Curator Ruen Ruenov, painting, video International Biennial of Contemporary Art – Shumen


2006 “Visual Immortality”, video art, curated by Helen and Peter Tzanev;
http://www.bg-biennale.com ¼ distance Gallery “Nikola Petrov” – Vidin (XI in the Salon des Arts, NDK, Sofia)


2005 Il Tempo del Tempo, an exhibition of contemporary art curator Rita Tondo, Castello Normanno – Svevo di Messagne, Brindisi, Italy, AUTO_REMAKE, video DVD, 3’24 “


2004 “Global and the Man”, a national competition for works in the field of contemporary arts, “infinite Formats: Manifest”, multimedia installation, video (with Georgi Minchev, sculptor), Theatre Workshop “Sfumato”, Sofia, Bulgaria


2002 “Bulgarian Painting after 1989″, National Palace of Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria, curator Ruen Ruenov


2001 “The throne of fiery seraphim”, metal and fire, subways, NDK, Sofia (share in the Festival of the action and performance art “happenings on the street”), curator Ruen Ruenov

Born 1960, Vidin, Bulgaria, Lives and works in Vidin


1989 University “St. Cyril and Methodius” Veliko Tarnovo Master, “Painting”
Solo exhibitions (selection)


2010 “Panta rei”, painting, Novi Sad, Serbia.


2010 “Noise”, Sofia Art Gallery, Sofia, (BG), painting, sound installation

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2008 “Entrebaillement”, video installation, performance, featuring: Dance avec rules and Studios de Micandanses, Cite International Des Arts, Paris, France “Mixed”, Gallery “Art Alley”, Sofia, (BG), digital printing, painting, video.


2007 “Initial E”, paintings, works on paper, video installation, “Replacement”, painting, screening, (within the “TheProcess”), curated by Gordon Carter, HG “Nikola Petrov”, Vidin, Bulgaria


2006 “image retention”, painting, Narodni muzej Zajecar, Serbia


2005 “residual image” painting gallery “Old Kapetan” Zemun, Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro


2003 “Anthropomorphic version of” Painting, National Art Gallery, Hall “Crypt”, Sofia, Bulgaria


2002 “Bulgaria: Art in Transition”, Sofia Art Gallery, London, UK, curator Ruen Ruenov, solo exhibition “My Glagolitic” (within the project)


2001 “banks”, painting, King’s Head Gallery, Pristiyn, UK


1999 “Metamorphoses of the moment”, painting and sculpture, Gallery of Art 36, Sofia, Bulgaria


1997 Gallery “DURE”, Timisoara, Romania Gallery “ladder”, Sofia, Bulgaria Group exhibitions and participation in international forums for contemporary art (selection) Mtel


2007 Awards for Contemporary Bulgarian Art


2006, NPC Sofia Possible answers exhibition at the Festival of stock curators and performance: Ruenov Rouen, Yovo Panchev, Shipka 6 Sofia


“Optica: The Gijon International Festival of Video Art”, Spain Process-Space Festival,
“Open Doors”, “97 m2 renovation of private space “fiber / fasteners on wall;


“Study for the renovation of privacy”, acrylic / bookmarks vinyl, Balchik, Bulgaria
“Video Art – Start from Zero”, for Festival Miden, Athens, Greece


“Festival Miden”, “Parallel Worlds”, Kalamata, Greece,
“Time Unmarked” video 4’48”DVD 2006 10 x 5 x 3 section of the exhibition “Painting”, UBA, Shipka 6


Project “Psycho Twins’ Curator Ruen Ruenov, painting, video International Biennial of Contemporary Art – Shumen


2006 “Visual Immortality”, video art, curated by Helen and Peter Tzanev;
http://www.bg-biennale.com ¼ distance Gallery “Nikola Petrov” – Vidin (XI in the Salon des Arts, NDK, Sofia)


2005 Il Tempo del Tempo, an exhibition of contemporary art curator Rita Tondo, Castello Normanno – Svevo di Messagne, Brindisi, Italy, AUTO_REMAKE, video DVD, 3’24 “


2004 “Global and the Man”, a national competition for works in the field of contemporary arts, “infinite Formats: Manifest”, multimedia installation, video (with Georgi Minchev, sculptor), Theatre Workshop “Sfumato”, Sofia, Bulgaria


2002 “Bulgarian Painting after 1989″, National Palace of Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria, curator Ruen Ruenov


2001 “The throne of fiery seraphim”, metal and fire, subways, NDK, Sofia (share in the Festival of the action and performance art “happenings on the street”), curator Ruen Ruenov

  • Palimpsest. Portraits without Name.

    Yet another exhibition of Bogdan Aleksandrov which is a series of portraits executed in his characteristic”pointe” acrylic technique. Not surprisingly, they visually lay respect, as this is one of the authors, who can certainly be said that has already left his mark in the process of modernization of Bulgarian painting. Even if we do not know anything about his work that will hardly affect the power of immediate impact coming from complicated morphed images, coloring and painting surface. But under the apparent professionalism of this intellectually subtle author usually lie far more complex intentions and the key to understanding of his semantic traps lies in the very first word of the name of the exhibition – palimpsest.

    In his working process Bogdan Aleksandrov uses photography, but not as an aid to construct the scenic image, but as its duplicate nature. Very often he shoots mirror reflections of his characters and in such way he achieves additional conditionality of image and compositional solutions. Such transformations of photography in painting underlie contemporary art and it is apparent that the artist skillfully moves in this area. He is well acquainted with the history of conceptualizing strategies in painting and creates new meanings of portrait image using the ability of photography to “cut” thin layers in time and space. The palimpsest here is understood as an accumulation of old and new meanings, of half-effaced images from drawings, photographs or flashes of memory. For here images of real people are combined with those of already extinct animal and bird species, examined in old photos or drawings which came down to us from scientific expeditions of former times. In the end, we face a new text in which memory even outweighs specifics inherent to portrait genre. The extinct species gives a new understanding of anonymous images of unnamed people.

    By examining the bordering attributes of painting and photography Bogdan Aleksandrov creates a new image unity. Photography and electronic media affect the traditional concept of painting and create a metaimage, which opens up possibilities for interpretation of the past and at the same time brings a sense of actuality of the intentions of its author.

    Svilen Stefanov

  • Purgatory

    “Purgatory” is the most recent project of Bogdan Alexandrov and Gordon Carter. It was developed and realized in cooperation with Yuzina Gallery and its curator, Desislava Moneva. The exhibit is the result of the artists’ exploration of the ideas about the effect of the individual’s actions on the society, as well as of the global events’ shaping power over our reality. The two concepts are permanently intertwined in a relationship based on the principle “live or die” .

    The idea of purgatory is an all-encompassing metaphor of the human instincts for survival and the processes related to the growth and development of the individuality. There is no growth without pain. This is an idea that is particularly relevant to the artists’s milieu and time. Everything that we know more or less is coming out from the shadow of the consciousness- the sub-consciousness – and is causing us to face our true being.

    We discover the interpretation of matters such as “truth”, “cause”, “effect”, “possibility”. The four-dimensional portraits of Bogdan Alexandrov are a certain reality simulation and they affect us on a subconscious level through intuitively selected human conditions, which are easy to recognize and which evoke certain emotions. In a certain sense, the 4-D portraits of Bogdan are an illustration of collective images, which are representative of a particular human model taken out of the mass context.

    The strength of the author’s art lies not only in the original and unconventional technique which he uses, but also in the intuitive-philosophic play with the image. The powerful metaphor can be detected only by the devout, the one, who knows when to “go out and become one with the shadow”.

    The project is a continuation of the long-lasting artistic endeavor of Bogdan Alexandrov and Gordon Carter. It is not the first time that these two artists collaborate in a common exhibition, united by the paradox of the informational and global world. The artistic explorations of Gordon Carter interact with the in-depth search for the Sole in the very tangible play of sounds, colors and movements, which as if by chance complete the technical depiction and the concept of the project, while revealing the author’s individuality.

    The Purgatory -as a domain of the Soul in a very tangible dimension, here and now. It is worth thinking about…

    Desislava Moneva, curator

  • Drop Frame, Portraits in Motion

    The new canvases оf Bоgdan Aleksandrоv at ‘Yuzina’ gallery seem tо be the lоgical cоntinuatiоn оf his оne-man shоw at ‘Raykо Alexiev’ gallery last year. The artist relies again оn figural, mоre оften pоrtrait paintings, in which the image is a fоreigner tо its оwn cоlоurful essence. And that is sо because he likes tо prоblematize and irоnize the ‘оbviоus’ and ‘selfmeaningful’ values. I remember abstract paintings by him in which the brush strоkes stооd sо deliberate in their ratiоnal repeatedness that at the end the perceptiоn went mоre likely in the directiоn оf a cоnceptiоnal analysis than feeling the inherent features оf the painting. And it is the same again as the images in this exhibitiоn are captured in mоtiоn, the decoupage cоmes frоm the sphere оf phоtоgraphy, film and videо art.

    These images-fоreigners have settled intо the cоmfоrtable niche оf painting and parasitize оn it. And this is nоt strange as far as the sо called conceptual art emerged in the secоnd half оf the 20th century thrоugh meeting with performance, text, phоtоgraphy and videо art. Bоgdan Aleksandrоv cоnfidently places himself in many areas at the same time – and finally, it should be noted that his large-fоrmat canvases are authentic paintings in the purest meaning – shape, color and surface. If one viewer unveils the ambiguous semantic code, another will see professional painting skills. And when you are capable of such an intellectual slalom, then you will inevitably find your place in the ideal team of contemporary Bulgarian art.

    Svilen Stefanov

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