My Art

Тhe contemporary world is ruled by ideas and methods of globalization, urbanization and industrialization. New technologies dominate not only human existence - they have also become an inseparable part of human mind and the way aesthetics value is perceived. Natural energies and materials are gradually becoming more and more marginal. The world of art thus stands as a counterpoint to the artificial world - art that is linked to the essence of nature, art that reveals the character of the matter and the material. This is the only way for art to truthfully embody the ancient rhythms of the human and the cosmos that surrounds him - a subject that has always been the center of artistic striving.

The dimensions of the natural around and in us are above the limit of perception and realization. Art is the mediator that allows the human to feel as a part of the initial, the eternal, the infinite. Art is the powerful and overcoming force that brings the artist to the boundless and transfers him in the bosom of nature.

The relationship nature - civilization exhibited in existential, social, even in ecological aspect, have always thrilled the person and the artist in me. 

I have been interested in natural materials since early childhood. This inclination predetermined my choice of school - I graduated the Art School of Fine Arts in Tryavna in 1992.

At the University of Veliko Turnovo "St. Cyril and St. Methodius" I had the chance to study in the class of prof. Konstantin Denev whose delicate encouragement and support enabled me to find and explore new dimensions in the search of balance between the canon and the experiment, the classical dogma and the personal discovery, the tradition and the innovation.

I strive for a continuous renewing of the form while combining various materials - stone, wood, metal, even plastic. My respect for natural materials - mostly for wood and stone - undoubtedly leads to a reproduction of their essence complemented with the use of contemporary instruments and technologies that I allow myself to apply. I believe that utilization of natural materials can be seen as a counterpoint to the surrogates and substitutes that surround and rule us. Moreover, natural materials stand in stark contrast to the deceitful, hypocritical and faked reality that is threatening our real world. Art does not manifest itself only in art - it is to be seen in everyday life because art is omnipresent and unlimited. I am deeply convinced that what matters in life can be found in the natural and the pure. For that reason, I aim at revealing and underlining the nature of the material not only as a concept, but as a plastic form creation, too.

I strive to preserve the essence of the things I consider significant in life. Dealing with the material, therefore, is done with a minimal intervention and change of its characteristics. "A little bit of touch here and there" can create an image that does not oppose the core of nature. On the contrary, such an image enriches the natural and discloses it completely with a human conception of the pantheistic entirety of the world. The knowledge of nature, combined with an attempt at achieving simplicity and contemporary aesthetics, leads to stylization, shift of accents, divergence, richness and variety. Leading tendencies of my plastic art, both in small and monumental forms, are improvisation and play that simultaneously transform into an analytical distinction of single details and mastery of the entire compositional suggestion of the piece of art.

This particular view is realized not only in my artistic practice but it is also rooted in my teaching methods for I am convinced that young people need orientation towards artistic interpretation of the natural.

Architecture, being three-dimensional in its essence, can freely be perceived and interpreted as a sculptural image. The ultimate goal is to reveal art even in buildings with functional application. The plastic origin of architecture as a mixture of form, content, material and message can be highlighted by means of avoiding the feeling of artificiality and stiffness especially in larger forms. We are surrounded by substitutes for the natural that scream their alienation - materials, such as laminate, tiles and plastic, which are now frequently used in contemporary building further emphasize ersatz naturalness. I teach my students to search the accent of the natural material and discover its natural organic force.

Contemporary technologies are advanced enough and can meet the challenge of incorporating any kind of natural materials in the composition while finding the originality in the design and its emphasis. Moreover, people must try to escape from the monotony and repetitiveness of modular architecture elements that have always been pressed upon us. Nature is the greatest sculptor, architect and artist of all times.

 

Nikolay Ninov