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DAN PERJOVSCHI and NEDKO SOLAKOV

Back to Back 

April 13 ? May 20, 2006
Opening reception: Thursday April 13, 6-8PM
 
Lombard-Freid Projects is pleased to present Dan
Perjovschi and Nedko Solakov in Back to Back, their
first collaborative work to date. Both artists have
established their international reputations in the
last fifteen years with an impressive number of museum
and gallery exhibitions around the world. 

One could argue that Solakov and Perjovschi have a lot
in common. Both artists live and work in a region
known as Eastern Europe, respectively the countries of
Bulgaria and Romania. They both use the medium of
drawing, expanding it into installation and
performance by taking over walls, rooms, or entire
buildings to make their works. Despite these
similarities their practices remain autographic, which
explains why even in a first collaborative project
Solakov and Perjovschi stand back to back expressing
their distinctive views of the world. 

Solakov is a great storyteller who creates personal
narratives for specific contexts. Perjovschi is an
incisive social and political commentator whose
drawings are striped bare of any unnecessary details.
Text and image are intrinsic to both artists?
lexicons.
Using humor and irony as a form of poetic
conceptualism Solakov?s drawings lure the viewer into
a fantasy world where absurdity rules, while
Perjovschi?s reflect on macro-political events with a
sensibility that is as witty as it is pointed. Because
of his talent to condense complex ideas into direct
visual images, Perjovschi was invited in the aftermath
of the December 1989 Romanian revolution to illustrate
the oppositional magazine Contrapunct and later 22. 

For this exhibition Perjovschi and Solakov will create
a new body of work. A u-shaped wall structure made out
of wood panels will inhabit the main gallery space.
The two artists will draw directly on it, with ink and
permanent markers, one on the inside and the other on
the outside surface for a period of 4 days prior to
the opening of the show. Then they will take upon
themselves to expand onto the gallery walls and let
their drawings and ideas explore the architectural
space around. In the second gallery Solakov will
present his new series of drawings on paper ironically
titled Stupidity. Perjovschi will exhibit his
notebooks filled with drawings that represent the
thinking process behind his large-scale installations.

Most recently Dan Perjovschi?s work has been included
in the following museum exhibitions: Wall Drawings,
Vanabbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands; Normalisering,
Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö, Sweden; I
Still Believe in Miracles, Dessins Sans Papier, ARC
Musee dArt Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France; 9th
Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey; New Europe. The
Culture of Mixing and the Politic of Representation,
Generali Foundation Vienna; Just do it, Lentos Museum
Linz; On Difference, Wurtenberghische Kunstverein
Stuttgart; Project Migration, Koelnischer Kunstverein,
Stuttgard, Germany, to name just a few recent venues.
Last year he had a solo museum exhibition titled Naked
Drawings at Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany and his
show The Room Drawing 2006 open last month at Tate
Modern in London.

Nedko Solakov has exhibited extensively in Europe and
the United States. His work was featured more than
once in Venice, Istanbul, São Paulo, Lyon and Gwangju
Biennials.
Recently he had solo shows at Museu do Chiado, Lisbon;
Stichting De Appel, Amsterdam; CCA Kitakyushu, Japan;
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, The
Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Centre d?Art Santa Monica,
Barcelona and Kunsthaus Zurich. In 2003-2005 an
extensive mid-career "A 12 1/3 (and even more)
Year Survey" was presented at Casino Luxembourg,
Rooseum Malmo and O.K
Centrum Linz.      This year he will open solo
exhibitions at Galerie Arndt & Partner both in Berlin
and Zurich venues.


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