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Tracing Embodiment in Drawings & Dances | Iva Gueorguieva

20 January – 23 March 2024

The exhibition Tracing Embodiment in Drawings and Dance presents a selection of recent drawings and painting by Iva Gueorguieva. In her abstract paintings and sculptures she investigates notions of space, illusion and movement. Drawing on the legacy of Abstract Expressionism, the artist’s paintings are driven by a sense of urgency, a desire to orchestrate chaos and recreate the complexity of life on canvas.

In the layering of her drawings an ambiguous world can be perceived. Subtle details and links to short narratives alternate and make the gaze of the audience move over the paper. The body has an important role in this. At times it is the point of departure for the artist herself, at others it holds a subtle criticism on the postion of the female body in society.

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Two new dance films were on show at the gallery. With dancers Friidom and Gretchen Ackerman and componist Matt McGarvey Gueorguieva worked on these as part of the ongoing project Intersection. Sensuality, embodiment and synaesthesia are the start of a non-hierarchic verstrengeling van deze traditioneel gescheiden disciplines. 

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Painting (Iva Gueorguieva), dance performance (Gretchen Ackerman and Friidom ), and sound (Matt McGarvey) merge during Intersection, a site-specific project dedicated to exploring the interconnectivity of these media. The goal is to construct a non-hierarchical entwinement of these traditionally separate mediums. The entwinement prioritizes sensation, embodiment, and synesthesia. The artists rely on improvisation, play, and dialoguing, and the let’s-say-“tactile” intertwining of one’s physical being with the spatio-temporal fabric in which one exists. The sound is produced and performed by Matt McGarvey.

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Biography Iva Gueorguieva

Iva Gueorguieva is known for her complex, abstract, large scale paintings that feature a frenetic mix of overlapping collage, line, shape, and color. Influenced by the materialism of Art Povera, the physicality of Gutai, the playfulness of Cubist collage, and the political satire of George Grosz, she is a painter of energy, bringing together an emotional intensity and physical passion.

Iva Gueorguieva (b. 1974, Bulgaria) received an MFA from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia in 2000. Based in Los Angeles, Gueorguieva had a two-person show with New York-based painter, Dona Nelson at Sophia Contemporary, London in 2018. Recent solo exhibitions include Frederic Snitzer, Miami, FL; Ameringer/McEnery/Yohe, New York, NY; ACME, Los Angeles, CA; Samson Projects, Boston, MA; Galerie Stefan Roepke, Cologne, Germany ; Stichting outLINE, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2008); and Pomona Museum of Art, Claremont, CA (2007).

Her work is held in public collections such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, CA; Art, Design and Architecture Museum at UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA; and Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA.

Iva Gueorguieva was a finalist for the Howard Foundation Grant in 2019 and was nominated for the Anonymous is a Woman grant in 2017. She is the recipient of the Orange County Contemporary Art Collectors Fellowship for 2012, the California Community Foundation mid-career fellowship for 2010, and the Pollock-Krasner Grant for 2006.

Courtesy Iva Gueorguieva and Bradwolff & Partners

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