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Slav Krivoshiev

Slav Krivoshiev
Bulgaria; 8000 Burgas
Ivan Vazov street 29B
mail : slav_kk@abv.bg

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AMA ( Member of The Research Category; Virginia- USA )

Author of the “Mythological Constructivism” concept – a style in the modern art.

Master of Culturology & Art Management
Teacher of Fine Arts.
Exhibitions in other countries:
Izmail - Ukraine 1993
USA 1994
Belgium - 1997
Istanbul, Turkey / 2002
BALKAN KVADRINALE FOR PAINTING-Bulgaria ; 6000 Stara Zagora / 2004
Ukraine Internacional Fine Art Plener & Painting Exhibition / 2010
last solo exhibition: Varna, Bulgaria - Very Luxury Gallery Papillon / August- 2013 /
Other participation:
1995 - the winner and author of the icons of the iconostasis in the temple-monument "Ves Light" -
of Smolin, Bulgaria ( The official opening of the temple present metropolitan from Plovdiv and the
President of Parliament of the Republic of Bulgaria-academician Mr. Blagovest Sendov );
1993 - took part in the restoration work in the monastery, the Tatar-Bunar, Ukraine;
2004 participant of the program "ABC" - Institute of Culture Karl Bernard, Holland and the Ministry of
Culture- Bulgaria
Recent contributions for 2013:
- "Biennial of Miniature" - Ruse December 2013
- "St. Nicholas" - Exhibition of group of Burgas artist- December 2013
- "BAZEL" ART MIAMI - December 2013 SEE I ME virtual tour chambers 21 and 22
- "Traces" - December 2013 Gallery Papion Varna
Recent contributions for 2014:
Presentation by “ Visual Language Magazine”- Texas USA / January 2014 /
Presentation by “Enco Art”
Book of Contemporary Art- collection Leonardo 2014
Accepted as a member of the AMA Association of Masonic Arts
Gallery Papion Varna- general Exhibition 2014
Upcoming engagement for 2015:
Solo exhibition- April - Gallery Burgas / Bulgaria

Mythological Constructivism
( About the essence of the project )

The world of the 21st century is a world of a constantly growing globalization process, part of which are intercultural
interactions. When we interact through the language of visual arts, we create mental constructs rooted in our cultural
archetypes and connected to the tools of the modern civilization. Whether we are realizing it or not, we seem to be the
participants in as well as the creators of the myth about the modern human. Every creative act is part of the whole, part of
the common global discourse about us – the people of the globalization era. Thus, mythological constructivism, which we
create without even wishing it, seems to be the main feature of the modern times.
Any such work uses models, or types, to contrast the social and cultural values of the antiquity, or Christianity, and the
contemporary beliefs about what is ethical, inevitable, normal and possible. The creative act is based on studying the ethical
values of the models from both sides – the contemporary value system and the mythological narrative. Actually, it is this
narrative that becomes the constructive basis of the painting – it can be a fragment of a story linked to some hero or detail,
but from today’s social perspective. As a result, a new mythological experience, a new reflection is born; a result of the new
social environment where people live and develop, where they are forced to live according to circumstances controlled by
social powers and often by themselves.
There are three main elements: the impact of the pictorial content on the visual perception, the provocative title that is
a reflection on the visual content, and the experience of surprise resulting from the first two. Two contextual contents are
juxtaposed: the one from the visual narrative and the other from the title that is consciously in opposition to it. The
experience created like that is unexpected. This method allows for a hyperbole when contrasting the ethics of the
mythological story and that of the modern human. It also creates a momentum, a tension, an energy that carries the author’s
position and ethical authority when examining how social phenomena play out in one’s life.
There is one other important principle at work here that enables the viewer to go from one end to the other – from the
moral norms of the modern society to the ethical values of the mythological narrative: it is “enantiodromia” – a natural law saying that any given thing will sooner or later change into its opposite. First described by Heraclitus, it later occupied a central place in Jung’s psychology and psychotherapy, explaining the interaction between the opposites as well as the development of processes in time.
Mythological narrative transforms into an inverted form of the contemporary reality, the ethical norm of the
contemporary society transforms into an inverted norm to the normative content of the myth. Mythological constructivism
becomes the core myth about the modern man. It is art that does not claim to give answers, but asks precise questions about
modern life.
Questions that arise nowadays - for example, where are we in this global society, how do we relate to others who are
culturally different from us - all become sharper, more poignant in their meaning when presented through mythological
constructivism. We have to find the right answers to such questions.!!!
Christian Orthodox iconography does not influence my style directly. I approach it as a visual narrative of a specific
Christian myth rooted in its time and space. Christian myths are starting points in my artistic journey, but in the context of
mythological constructivism I take it as a conceptual art. In this sense I can use its elements as “visual quotes” that fit the
overall style, the meaning and the picture plane of the work I create. These are mostly fragments, details of stories or
paintings – a hand gesture, an appearance of a figure, a part of a clothing or an inscription. Nevertheless, the viewer has to
understand that it is used in contrast with the ethical standards of the modern world so that the provocative effect is
achieved. This is another feature of the mythological constructivism as an art trend – it evaluates morality.
Analogy enables me to compare different situations from contemporary life and the ones from the myths, from the past. Humans are social beings and as such they belong to their time, culture and are fully subservient to their civilization. The question is what kind of impact a developing civilization has on cultural processes and on the ethical norms in contemporary societies. This is the focal theme of mythological constructivism.

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