Iva Gueorguieva/Dona Nelson

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Iva Gueorguieva/Dona Nelson
Portal
16 March-02 May 2018

While in London i visited the Sophia Contemporary, a gallery that currently features the work of American artists Iva Gueorguieva and Dona Nelson. The work displayed by these artist’s deals with Abstraction, painting and physicality through the combined use of sculpture and painting.

Nelson uses a variety of techniques such as, cutting, ripping and gluing to create collage works of various scales that display a physicality that pushes past the boundaries of a normal canvas. The pieces are a show of labour and physical process that are reminiscent of a range of artists from Jackson Pollock’s Abstraction to Lucio Fontana’s Spatialism.

Similarly Iva Gueorguieva makes use of materials such as concrete and reclaimed steel to piece together compositions that bring to mind the work of Art Povera and Assemblage Art.

This method of pushing materials with collage and transferred skill is something that appeals to me and along with the use of paint in Gueorguieva’s chaotically assembled sculptures, this exhibition has given me many ideas regarding mixed media and the transferable nature of sculpture and painting.

The placing of these pieces were well considered with each available to view from several angles. This was particularly evidenced in the freestanding paintings whose canvases were as detailed and material on the back as the work on the front.

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