Denitsa Todorova 1 of 5 nominated artists for Strabag Artaward International 2017
Denitsa Todorova, a Belgian artist with Bulgarian origin, was awarded one of the four Recognition Awards from the STRABAG ArtAward International. The Award ceremony took place on June 8, 2017 at the STRABAG Artlounge in Vienna.
In 2017 applications were received from 546 artists. The eight jury members – including representatives from each participating country – viewed all eligible entries and after extensive discussion and voting the prizewinner and the four recipients of recognition prizes were chosen.
Statement of the jury: "Denitsa Todorova seems to follow the traces of existing images. Her pencil drawings, on very fragile paper, use abstract forms to create the blurry contours of images, as if seen through a haze. Here and there, at isolated points, color seems to flash up, like memories of reflections."
The works of all the award-winning artists are exhibited at the STRABAG Artlounge between June 9 - August 25, 2017.
Next to that Denitsa is granted a solo exhibition in the STRABAG Artlounge in Vienna, as part of the Recognition Award. The Opening Solo show is on January 11, 2018.
|Untitled #6 (2016) | 90 x 60 cm | pencil on paper|
|Stone #4 (2016) | 150 x 140 cm | pencil on paper | photo Froese Photography|
|Eternal (2017) | 120 x 85 cm | pencil on paper|
|Illusions #2 (2016) | 60 x 40 cm | pencil on paper|
Denitsa Todorova has developed a unique drawing process in which she covers the entire surface of the thin paper with a layer of graphite in order to take it off again revealing the composition. The drawing is produced through the removal of graphite and not through adding as is done traditionally. This technique, which leans to sgraffito, a practice commonly known in Eastern Europe, where the roots of the artist lay. The production process is labour-intensive and requires a huge amount of concentration from the artist as well as from the viewer. Because of the ambiguous representational character of the work –between abstract and figurative- our brain automatically tries to identify some recognizable elements. One might think of the landscape of Los Angeles, to sunspots, or even to shimmer on the water surface. However wild our imagination runs, the viewer fails to grasp the image and is confronted with the impossibility of an object related content. The audience is faced with a mental space that the artist masterfully constructs and can merely relate to ephemeral concepts like time or space. This idea resonates with the spiritual or the sublime in art. A term most closely associated with a spiritual experience is the sublime. The sublime stems from philosophy, most famously the writings of Burke and Kant. In Romanticism the concept of the sublime roamed the writing about art and continues to be relevant through the writing by Jean-Francois Lyotard. The reason being that the Sublime ‘says the unspeakable’, as thus art. A tradition we can trace back to Romantic period, think of Casper David Friedrich’s Monk by the Sea (1809), where the concept of the spiritual is introduced through the overwhelming force of nature. At the same time the painting is seen as one of the first experiments into abstraction, as the American art history professor Robert Rosenblum famously explained in his publication Modern Painting and the Northern Romantic Tradition: Friedrich to
Rothko (1975). Denitsa Todorova’s work echoes similar feelings. The resurgence of the sublime unites different periods; firstly the Romantic, the Abstract and today. Nowadays through the rise of the digitalization a new form of the sublime can be distinguished. Within the overload of images, or the accumulated effect of the flow of images, the stillness of drawings can create new meaning. It is in this new wave that Todorova’s work can be situated.
Lives and works in Antwerp (BE)
Represented by The White House Gallery, The White House Gallery
2008 – 2010 The Royal Academy of Fine Atrts
2005 – 2008 The Royal Academy of Fine Arts: Barchelor in Painting
2005 The Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp:costume
2002 – 2005 New Bulgarian University Sofia, Bulgaria: Bachelor of Stage Design
2017 (Upcoming September 2017), Voice in the wilderness, The White House gallery (Lovenjoel, Belgium ) 2016 Future now, (Extra city, Antwerp, Belgium )
2016 Art Contest 2016, (ADAM museum , Brussels , Belgium)
2016 Drawing rooms #2 Group exhibition with Hans Op De Beeck - Marcel van Eeden - Denitsa Todorova - Bart Gielen - Jacques Fleschmuller, PAK (Gistel, BE)
2016 GOGOGOGO , DMW art space (Antwerp,Belgium)
2016 A reality twist, The White House gallery (Lovenjoel, Belgium ) 2015 Ronse Drawing prize 2015 (Ronse, Belgium)
2015 LINE UP (Gent, Belgium)
2015 DART (Mechelen, Belgium)
2015 OPEN M, Attitude to Form, Museum M (Leuven, Belgium ) 2015 Haralbeke Drawing prize (Haralbeke, Belgium)
2014 Ronse Drawing prize 2014 (Ronse, Belgium)
2014 Magma crowded (Antwerp, Belgium)
2013 Time to Pretend (Leuven, Belgium)
2012 Joy (solo exhibi0on), Secret kitchen gallery (Temse, Belgium)
2011 Lomea 2011, City gallery (Ruse, Bulgaria)
2011 TaBoo your name across my heart ,Project –collabora0on, Denitsa Todorov and Natali Sarkysian MUHKA (Night of the museums2011, Antwerp,Belgium)
2011 Wish I never met you (solo exhibi0on), 4VIEW (Antwerp, Belgium)
2010 MIX media, RA (Antwerp, Belgium)
2010 CANVAS Collec0e 2010, BOZAR (Brussels, Belgium)
2010 MASTER-MAQUETTE, Verbeke Founda0on (Kemzeke, Belgium)
2010 Master Programme show, The Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Antwerp, Belgium) 2009 Green Cat gallery (Dalheim, Luxemburg)
2008 Fes0val for Contemporary Art, Sofia Underground (Sofia, Bulgaria)
PRIZES & NOMINATIONS
2017 FID drawing prize Paris, final top 23 finalist (hBp://thefid.org/)
2016 Art Contest 2016, Finalist top 10, (ADAM museum , Brusels , Belgium)
2015 Drawing prize Ronse 2015, First Laureate (Ronse,Belgium)
2014 Drawing prize Ronse 2014, Second Laureate (Ronse,Belgium)
2010 Prize Piet Van Engelen, Municipality of Antwerp
2010 Nominee Ar0s0s0eke S0ch0ng Mathilde Horlait-Dapsens
2010 KBC prize nominee, CANVASCollec0e 2010 – BOZAR (Brussels, Belgium); Category ‘Young talent’ – Selected work: Wai0ng is s0ll for free (2010) 2007 2nd winner of Indig*o! – Pain0ng compe00on (Meise, Belgium)
2015 OPEN M, Aptude to Form, Museum M , Exhibi0on catalogue (Leuven, Belgium)
2013 Time to Pretend, Exhibi0on catalogue (Leuven, Belgium)
2011 TaBoo your name across my heart – Art book (limited edi0on of 100)