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Mar 18, 2014

Evening News

Samuil Stoyanov
Solo show

22.03.2014 / 23.05.2014

Opening: saturday 22th march 2014, from 11 am to 3 pm.

Evening news 2 (still image), 2013, HD video, no sound, 09'48" (loop)

Formato Comodo Gallery presents Evening news, the first solo show  of  the Bulgarian artist Samuil Stoyanov in Spain.

Evening news is a metaphor of  the manipulation of  the perception and understanding of  the
surrounding world.  Each evening millions of  people relax themselves in front of  the television,
waiting for news, trusting in the “truth” of  what they are told. The aim of  the media is to inform the audience of  the different events happening, but this accumulation of  facts leads to the disorientation since the vertiginous rhythm of  news limits the knowledge and the understanding at a very superficial level. The media, indeed, take advantage of  this situation of  relax and confidence to form and manipulate the opinion of the viewer who is carried along.
This image and information bombing and manipulation are, for Samuil Stoyanov, the field from
which to generate new  symbolic and narrative forms. The way news-programmes offer their news are, for the artist, a form of  art, a global image created through fragments, a complete narration made of what is happening and the voice-off  who is telling us what is happening.  Stoyanov takes this big history-collage, made of  the combination of  all of  them, to translate it into a more deep and private experience of the object.

Taking the collage-structure of the news media, the works of this exhibition move between the
mental and the poetic, but, at the same time, they appear inside the space with a great physical and material charge. Like the evening news, the works create a global narration through micro worlds, small histories the viewer moves through to set his own experience.

SAMUIL STOYANOV (Dobrich, Bulgaria, 1975). Graduated in Fine Arts at the National  Academy of Art of Sofia (2001) and MA in Ceramics, Samuil Stoyanov works with a very wide spectrum of media, studying different aspects of the daily life and giving a clever and ironic view of the surrounding reality.

Between his solo show stands out: ON THE TOP, promoted by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2010. In 2012 Samuil  Stoyanov participated at the 53 rd October Salon of Belgrade, titled GOOD LIFE / ГУД ЛАЈФ – Physical  narratives and spatial  imaginations, curated by Branislav Dimitrijevic and Mika Hannula. In that exhibition he made a site-specific installation, a performance and the video “10 min Geozavod”, which, later on, was exhibited in the Duo show exhibition at Formato Comodo Gallery in December 2012. In 2013 he has been selected by the curator Catherine de Zegher to participate at the 5th Moscow Biennale.
He won the BAZA prize in 2009, a residence at the International  Studio Curatorial Programme (ISCP), New York, USA in 2010, and the Gaudenz B. Ruf prize for the New Bulgarian Art in 2011, two of the most important prizes inside the Bulgarian art scene.

Nedko Solakov has represented Samuil  inside FRIEZE Magazine on its 141st edition (September 2011) for the magazine anniversary, and in 2012 he was included inside The Bulgarian Nouvelle Vague, a book edited by Edno Magazine, which presented the 101 more representative figures of the Bulgarian contemporary culture.

Further information:
Lope de Vega 5, 28014 Madrid // (+34) 914293448 // (+34) 676723819
info@formatocomodo.com // www.formatocomodo.com

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