“Tomorrow belongs to me” by Bulgarian Artist MILKO PAVLOV
It is hardly appropriate to speak about abstract art in an abstract manner, since each narrative built from parallel abstractions risks transforming into a snowball effect.
Milko Pavlov’s large size and at first glance abstract works have no frames - both literally and figuratively. Paradoxically and despite their ‘optical unconscious’ they contain particular, purposefully structured messages. Or insights – perhaps even prophecies!?
Produced with graphite on paper using the technique of ‘frottage’ (from French) means they imitate a definite kind of surface material, executed by applying exerting pressure and friction. The result offers a parallel reality as well as the idea of multiple variations depending on the variety of directions.
This raises the question, do these drawings only repeat or do they create. Do they imitate or reproduce. If life does not evolve from a predestined scheme, but is elementarily based on the immanent ability of its biological forms to change and evolve, the organisms or cells only reproduce better genes on order to keep existing.
Interpreted on the basis of this principle Milko Pavlov’s wish to endlessly reproduce similar elements, in a similar matter seems to be a life-asserting principle as well, which establishes an accomplished sense of meaning.
His belief that it is his right to choose from the ‘matrix’ and his kind of automated approach nurtured by a would-be subconscious method create a mimicry through which the artist finds a way to establish himself via the very process. The result of this process are abstract and yet striking visual structures, which reflect both, his creative urge and sense of effectiveness and could be used as a visual metaphor to explain the process of life itself and the proof of its continuation (linear or cyclic).
Rolf Goellnitz based on a Text by Nadia Timova: From the passion of self-reproducing reality
Milko Pavlov, Born 1956 in Aytos, Bulgaria
1976 After short hesitation decides not to apply for the Fine Art Accademy
1988 International Competition for Yong Artists Sofia, Bulgaria (Diplom)
1991 ARTEST Grant from the Stiftung BINZ 39, Zürich
1993 Heinrich Böll Foundation, Köln, Germany
1997 Künstlerhäuser Worpswede, Germany
1998 Prize of The Found for Art support in Bulgaria
1998 Museum award of TAMA Art University, Tokyo, Japan
2001 Nea Polis Print Center, Thessaloniki, Greece
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2012 Tomorrow Belongs To Me, Graphite-Frottage, OMC Gallery for Contemporary Art,
Huntington Beach, CA/USA
2008 2076: 120 Years Milko Pavlov, National Art Gallery Sofia, Bulgaria
2007 Bilocation 2029, Art Academy Belgrade - Visual arts departement, Serbia
2006 Tomorrow belongs to You Milko Pavlov Pictures 2004-2066, City Art Gallery Bremen, Germany
2005 milkopavlovthelargesizedrawings (2012-2030), City Art Gallery Sofia, Bulgaria
2004 Salon des fleures, painting, Gallery Rolf Ohse, Bremen
2003 Anamnesia, graphite frottage, OMC Gallery for Contemporary Art, Düsseldorf
2002 Imitations, graphite frottage, Drohende Kerk Ballum, Ameland Art Festival, Holland
2001 Tibet, Relief prints, Irida Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
2000 Imitations, graphite frottage, ATA Center for Contemporary Art, Sofia, Bulgaria
2000 Journey with Watercolours, Rolf Ohse Gallery, Bremen, Germany
1998 Borders of Paradise, graphite, frottage, XXL Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria