ICA-Sofia Gallery
34, Vasil Levski Blvd Sofia, Bulgaria, CO 1504

Kamen Stoyanov


Kamen Stoyanov Modality 2004 photo: ICA-Sofia
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March 12th - April 3rd 2004, opening March 12th, Friday, 6 p.m.

Statements in formal logic are characterized by being qualified as truthful. When dealing with modal statements though one must get rid of this notion. The main statement there is logically undefined. When the speaker is using such statements he/she is expressing incertitude with regard to an event. By means of photography, video and installation, the project “Modality” is investigating the position of the artist as a condition of modal statements. Is the language used by somebody is a media or is it rather that man is the media of a supra-personal language? As Martin Heidegger writes - language speaks to us. Is it possible to have an individual position in such an environment; to differentiate us from the rest; to discover our own language? Where and how do we position ourselves as artists and what are the contexts for that? The photographic cycle “Projections” is using language clichés referring to art that are projected over the body of the artist. These are projections in every meaning of the word – physical through light as well as mental through language. In the video installation that consists of the works “10 minutes world art” and “Portraits”, the artist is dealing with two different artistic contexts. On one side there is the global, commercial and professional context while on the other – the mass and banal context. The second installation “How to work” is treating the state of freedom of the artist. Kamen Stoyanov (b. 1977) has graduated the department of painting in the National Art Academy in Sofia in 2001. He is currently continuing his education in the department of “Art and Cultural Studies” in the Vienna Art Academy.

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