an exhibition of paintings by Lora Marinova and Dimitar Borisov
10. – 30. 06. 2020
Opening reception– Wednesday, 10. 06. 2020, 6:30 PM
From June 10, 2020 Largo Art Gallery will present two beloved artists from Varna - Lora Marinova and Dimitar Borisov with an exhibition of paintings called "Parallel". Yanko Marinov's daughter is constantly present in the exhibition halls of the gallery, has three solo exhibitions in "Largo", she is one of the artists of the decade of the gallery. Her husband Dimitar Borisov has participated in several emblematic projects of the gallery over the years. The two have seven collective exhibitions in Bulgaria and abroad, so this format of expression is well known to them. The interesting thing about this project is that it has a retrospective character for Dimitar Borisov. While Lora Marinova presents only works specially painted for the exhibition at Largo, her life partner shows paintings from nearly 40 years of creative work. Introducing her husband Dimitar Borisov, Lora describes his participation in the exhibition as follows:
"Mitko presents four of his different stages in painting. During the first period he was an artist in Devnya. His studio was hospitable for friends, colleagues from Varna and famous Sofia artists who come to "breathe some Devnya air". "To feel the pulse of time" - as they said then.
Young and enthusiastic, Dimitar created around himself a circle of equally enthusiastic amateur artists, with whom he organized several exhibitions. He himself painted everything - from the powerful forms of the Devnya factories to the artistic interior of his studio, to the intimate still lifes with a breath of the sea, wrapped in silence. This period is characterized by warmth and density of colors, with a youthful scope. One can also speak of a slight influence of Renato Gutuso, Dimitar's favorite artist in those years.
Since the end of 1982 he has been a set designer at the Varna Opera. The world of scenery and the "theatrical air" certainly change his perception of the world. Until 1990, his painting mainly went through two short stages: restrained, almost monochrome tonalities, freeing the composition from the unnecessary and looking at the essential and returning to the sonority of color and pasty application of paint, to violation of restrictive contours. The air vibrates, the form disintegrates. The artist's gaze moves from the chamber interiors to the natural forms, which impress him with their inner strength and materiality.
The fourth period (since 1990) can safely be called the "return of Arcadia" - the mythical side of innocence and happiness. By the way, this is what Milko Bozhkov called his exhibition years ago. Everyone has their Arcadia. This "return" to Dimitar was unlocked in the childhood of his daughter Anna. He becomes a father for the third time and seems to start looking at the world in a new way - with pure children's eyes. This world is again multicolored and beautiful. At its center are the eternal She and He - in love, staring at the sky and in their souls. We confidently step into this idyllic world and listen to the wise silence.
And we believe that our world can be better."
We will see paintings by Dimitar Borisov from the four stages of his work in this exhibition. This is especially interesting and impactful for the viewer, because he can make a time travel through the eyes of the artist, follow his development and feel his change.
With the exception of one displayed painting, Lora Marinova presents herself in the current exhibition only with new works, part of them from two new series of paintings: "Porcelain Stories" and "Capri Visions". Lora Marinova says about her work:
"I'm not used to talking about myself seriously. But if necessary, I would say the following: Born under the sign of Gemini, I am contradictory (because of the few beings who fight within me) and fickle (because of the diversity that attracts me).
In art (I do not mean my occupation) I am equally captivated by the drama and lyricism, the brutal power and tenderness, the bright major chords and the delicate minor sighs.
I myself have chosen the direction I am going. It is sometimes said that there is a touch of Impressionism in my paintings. And because I like to be liked (to be honest) - most often I work in this spirit. But I have episodic "hobbies" in search of other ways to express myself. I clear the form or look at the details, calm the brushstroke and the sonority of the color and look for plots through which to tell about my world.
Lora Marinova and Dimitar Borisov intertwine their lives in a common destiny and share a common passion - the passion for art. For almost 40 years, the two artists have shared the colorful palette of life and the sweet illusion that it is forever. Each of them with its own path and its own world, parallel to the other next to it. But these parallel worlds of images, thoughts, aspirations and ideas often intertwine, overlapping to create a new world of common emotion and passion. And the parallel path of the two artists as artists finds an intersection in their common destiny and life path.
We hope to see you at the opening reception of the exhibition on June 10th from 18:30 at Largo Art Gallery in Varna, 8 Han Krum Str. The exhibition runs until June 30.
Nelly Valcheva, Director
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