Kristina Stoyanova

  • Object Manipulating Economy

    Exhibition curated by Aman Sandhu & Swapnaa Tamhane: ' The manipulation / transformation / changing process that objects - whether found or made or imagined - undergo.'

  • Cardboard boxes, cardboard tube, 2015.
  • Cardboard boxes, cardboard tube, 2015.
  • Styrofoam, Mini Mouse, 2015
  • Styrofoam, Mini Mouse; Wall prints by Elmar Hermann; 2015
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  • Coffee cups, cardboard pipes, 2015
  • Prints on styrofoam. Window view from outside.

  • Wicked Shapes

    Experiment with materials and shapes, weight, tension and stability.

  • mixed media, leather, foam, particle board, variable dimensions, 2013-14.
  • mixed media, leather, foam, particle board, variable dimensions, 2013-14
  • Styrofoam, foam, leather, particle board
  • mixed media, leather, foam, particle board, variable dimensions, 2013-14

  • Unspecific Shapes

    Installation of shapes and forms; applying meaning to objects that have lost their inherent function, like cardboard boxes, empty mugs and packages; mixing references to everyday objects with different art-historical references to create a specific symbolic language.

  • Mixed media, cardboard boxes, white paint, white duct tape, variable dimensions, 2012.
  • Mixed media, cardboard boxes, white paint, white duct tape, 2012. From 'Unspecific Shapes'
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  • Mixed media, cardboard boxes, white paint, white duct tape, variable dimensions, 2012.
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  • Mixed media, cardboard boxes, white paint, white duct tape, variable dimensions, 2012. From the installation Unspecific Shapes
  • Mixed media, cardboard boxes, white paint, white duct tape, variable dimensions, 2012. From the installation 'Unspecific Shapes'
  • Cardboard boxes, white paint, coffee cup, duc tape, 2012. From the installation 'Unspecific Shapes'
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  • Cardboard boxes, white paint, 2012. From the installation 'Unspecific Shapes'
  • Cardboard boxes, white paint, 2012. From the installation 'Unspecific Shapes'

  • Tell me more (Studio talk)- ongoing project

    4- channel video installation, 12', 2014, originally a delegated performance. I asked people who speak different mother languages to speak to each other in their own language, so that no one understands the languages of the other participants. I gave a topic and a setting of the conversation, but the rest is up to the participants. This video is a documentation of this unique experience of having a conversation without using a common spoken language. The topics vary from small talks and introduction to each others, through a conversation about work process (between artists and between writers, as well as between a mixed group), a small talk about the news, a studio visit and critique of current works, to talks about love, relationship and dead. The translation of the conversation is inserted as subtitles of the video. The footages below are from the 'Studio visit' conversation. Maria speaks in Spanish, Adam in Hebrew and Andreas in Norwegian.

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  • Why, where?

    1'30'' loop, color, sound, video installation, 2014 This video, shot at the Apple Store on 5th Avenue, NY, is part of series of video- observations in New York between 2012 and 2014. I was recording moving images of anonymous individuals, or masses of people on “iconic” places in New York City, like the Apple Store, Central Park, China Town, and others. I re-contextualize and simplify those footages, to isolate from them patterns and principles of movements, and reveal the hidden choreography underneath, until the entire piece looks like a staged performance with a deeper meaning behind. I look for creative principles and meaning behind the random and natural.

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  • Superman, can you hear me?

    Made as an image and sound collage this video installation deals with media propaganda and the way people reflect media in their personal life. It brings up the super-hero fixation of contemporary US culture. The sound is appropriated from reality shows, news, movies, and popular media. The images are snapshots of young people in their own environment.

  • 4-channel video installation, 2012; aluminum, plexiglas construction, garbage bags.
  • 4-channel video installation, 2012; aluminum, plexiglas construction, garbage bags.
  • 4-channel video installation, 2012; aluminum, plexiglas construction, garbage bags.
  • 4-channel video installation, 2012; aluminum, plexiglas construction, garbage bags.
  • 4-channel video installation, 2012; aluminum, plexiglas construction, garbage bags.
  • 4-channel video installation, 2012; aluminum, plexiglas construction, garbage bags.
  • 4-channel video installation, 2012; aluminum, plexiglas construction, garbage bags.
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  • Does not compute

    A solo exhibition of my works, curated as a 'group show'. It includes one photographic serie, two paintings, three sculpture groups and four video works. The main theme of the show is symbol and meaning, language and communication/misscommunication.

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  • from the show 'Does not compute'- 6 prints, A3 format, 2010
A series of stills from a war game, printed on transparent foil and pinned on the top of colored paper sheets. This work was inspired by an essay by Noam Chomsky about the war- addiction of the American and Western civilization.
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  • Painitng from the show 'Does Not Compute'
  • Painting from the show 'Does Not Compute'

  • From the show 'Does Not Compute'. Plaster
  • From the show 'Does Not Compute'. Concrete, dimensions depend on the floor size, each piece 22 x 22 x 6 cm, 2012. Work inspired by an element of a bathroom floor mosaic, made by a famous designer.
  • From the show 'Does Not Compute'. Concrete, resin, wood, paint, 40 cm in diameter each, 2011
The shape is appropriated from an image of a ninja-throwing star. There are two Ninja Stars- Black and White Ninja, each made out of two parts (resin and concrete, and resin and wood).
  • From the show 'Does Not Compute'. Concrete, resin, wood, paint, 40 cm in diameter each, 2011
  • 2011, 10 min, HD.
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  • Tell me, tell

    From the show 'Does not compute'. 2011, 10 min, HD. For this work I asked two friends who speak different mother languages (Kannada and Bengali) to speak to each other in their own language, so none of them understands the languages of the other participant. I gave a topic and a setting of the conversation, but the rest was up to the participants. Eventually I asked each of them to translate her/his part of the conversation, and inserted the translation as subtitles of the video. The misunderstanding elevates the conversation to a level of an abstract language sculpture as the language itself loses its function of a direct communication tool and adopts a second metaphorical meaning outside of the traditional one.

  • Poster from the video with the conversation in full length
  • 2011, 10 min, HD.
  • 2011, 10 min, HD.
  • 2011, 10 min, HD.
  • 2011, 10 min, HD.
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  • Saj

    18 min, 2011. From the show "Does not compute". A video portrait of the eccentric scientist and friend of mine Saj Houssain. A chemisist and fashion junky, he has a huge collection of bow ties and choses every day a different one to go to work with. I asked him to let me film him putting on different bow ties from his colection for as long as he could. We shot the video in his bedroom, on the background of his favorite music.

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  • Girl descending staircase

    8 min, 2012. From the show "Does not compute". This loop, made out of photo images, is in its origin a delegated performance: I asked a female friend of mine, who holds a PHD in Molecular Biology to descend multiple times a staircase leading to her work- laboratory, until she gets tired. The performance/video is a reference to the works of Marcel Duchamp (Nude descending staircase), and Gerhard Richter (Woman descending staircase), giving to these thema my perspective of a foreign female artist who lives in a multicultural environment.

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  • Girl talk

    4 min, 2012. From the show "Does not compute". This is a work about communicational stereotypes and gender emancipation. Each of the participants was asked a question that is not revealed to the public. The answers are documented only with a digital photo camera, without sound.

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  • Glamouring- performance with Moira Williams in DUMBO, NYC

    Performance 2009; GLAMOURING is a nighttime convergence walk gathering at Plymouth Church, a stop along the Underground Railroad, a fugitive trail that tended to erase itself, making it unlikely for us to ever walk on it. The church is known for its prominent activity in helping slaves escape and gain their freedom and for Henry Ward Beecher’s mock auctions held during sermons, urging people to bid for the freedom of escaped slaves. Our walk specifically traces multiple routes to Underground Railroad “stops” (buildings) that are marked for demolition via the powers of eminent domain these are our points of convergence that lead us to Plymouth Church to stand with the oyster shells.
    GLAMOURING is the first walk of a larger walking work (241528) Tubman examining Harriet Tubman’s invisible group “walks” along the Underground Railroad. Each walk is framed through an eco-feminist lens asking: How do we walk in her spirit and the spirit of the Underground Railroad while stepping into the everyday structure of colonialist metaphors present in the brutalities of the landscape that are also carried into/onto female bodies? How do we make these metaphors visible and open an accessible dialogue that questions how we relate to them? (Text: Moira Williams). The image documentation was made by viewers with disposable cameras; Dresses made of garbage bags. Balloons.

  • performance with Moira Williams at DUMBO, NYC, 2009
  • performance with Moira Williams at DUMBO, NYC, 2009
  • performance with Moira Williams at DUMBO, NYC, 2009
  • performance with Moira Williams at DUMBO, NYC, 2009
  • performance with Moira Williams at DUMBO, NYC, 2009

  • Performance exercices

    11'28”, 2009; This is an excerpt of a 40 min video and performance collaboration with the musicians from “Tasogare World”. I asked them to improvise parts of the movies “Arizona Dream” and “James Bond” in the gallery space of Ballhaus, Dusseldorf, while listening to their music. It is a video about the improvisation and the play as forms of learning and exploring.

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  • Whatever Michael says is true

    1 min, 2010; A twist of the gender roles in the original plot of an iconic movie from the 70-ies (“Miami Vice”, with Pam Grier). I appropriated and re-edited part of the movie in a way that shows the female protagonist as the stronger superhero, in opposite to the original plot where she actually gets rescued by the male superhero. The end statement “Whatever Michael Says is True...”, taken from a google search about true brings back the “male” stereotype, leaving open questions about the way we create cultural and gender conventions through movies and the use of language.

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  • Why study Philosophy

    15 min, 2009; This video is based on Hume’s causality theory. It includes different cuts that obviously don’t have anything to do with each other, but through the juxtaposition and the context suggest a narrative fiction. The main idea behind the narrative is how do revolutions raise- an abstract story about anger and revenge. The viewer is invited to create his/her own story out of it and give the footages a different meaning. According Hume’s theory, we can never know if events are really connected to each other although we often make the connections in our own minds.

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  • Art everywhere- video

    8 min, 2009; A video work about „Crowds and Power“, inspired by a book of Elias Canettis with the same title. The images are documentaries from protests in Bulgaria, and from a traditional celebration for the end of the winter.

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  • Art Everywhere- objects

    A furniture- like construction, whose functionality is taken away. They are there only to remind on furniture but stand as art objects. Inspired by a found construction of car tires in Bulgaria.

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  • wood, 80 x 80 x 80 cm and 40 x 40 x 40 cm, 2009
  • wood, 80 x 80 x 80 cm and 40 x 40 x 40 cm, 2009

  • Other objects

  • Bronze, 22 x 22 x 6 cm, 2012
  • 40 cm in diameter, 2012
  • wood, styrofoam, metal grid, 2009
  • Styrofoam, lack.
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  • resin, 95cm diameter. A real size replica of a manhole cover in Dusseldorf
  • resin, 30x50x10 cm. A 3D replica from a 2- dimensional image of an ancient axe that I found online. The title of the image claims that the axe was found in Gotland, Sweden.
  • 60 x 60 x 60 cm, aluminum, foam, leather.

  • Inbound

    Photo series of 10 images (A4 format), taken from a bus driving from The Bronx to the Museum Mile in Manhattan, NY in 2012. This work investigates the relationship between culture, architecture and living standards in the different parts of New York.


  • The landlord moved to Italy

    Series of 8 double prints, variable dimensions, 2009-2012. The work investigates the idea of moving away, traveling and searching for the right place. It is created with images from different countries where I stayed for days or months. The images are mostly snap shots that have a memory for me in my way of getting to know different cultures.

  • Sofia
  • London
  • Düsseldorf
  • Seattle

  • 50 pictures that explain the world

    A4 prints, 2007. Series of snap shots taken on the streets of Düsseldorf in 2007 during one week of walking around.


  • Gegenwärtig

    Public installation in Mainz, Germany. Foam, leather, garbage bins, LED light, 2006. I covered with foam and leather the inside of a couple of public garbage bins on the streets of Mainz. They looked like inverted furniture. The work is appropriation of the public space, taking from it a functionality away, and giving it a different meaning.


  • Ana, Jana, Ina and Nina

    Human size boxes made out of found materials and cushioned inside with foam and leather.

  • mixed media, leather, foam, found cardboadr pieces and wood

  • Pink Pylon (1998-2003)

    Wood, 2007. This work reflects the search for heroes and romanticism in the contemporary society. The object is inspired by an original Pink Pylon in the UK used for the film "Amongs Giants" (reg. Sam Miller). In this movie the groom painted on moonlight a nearby electrical pylon in pink as a wedding present for his future wife. After the movie was released the pylon got a website and a fan club but had a short life as it was demolished and sold in parts on an auction. This work, made as a 'monument' for the pink pylon, is a comment on the instant-hero-driven society we live in.

  • Photograph of the demolitioin of the real pink pylon taken from its website.

  • Private drawings of contemporary art (excerpt from the book)

    Hand drawings of art works that I like, was inspider by or was told to look up. It is an act of appropriation and at the same time, being recognised as someone elses work, the drawings reflect the importance of art in creating cultural symbols and meaning.

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  • Daniel
  • Luc
  • Cindy
  • Guerilla Girls
  • Rita
  • Bruce
  • Christo
  • Gordon
  • Zoe
  • Peter
  • Cy

  • Prints

  • inkjet print
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  • silk screen
  • Silk screen
  • Solar plate print
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  • Solar plate print
  • Monotype
  • Monotype

  • Paintings (2005-2010)

  • Oil painting for the show 'Does not compute'
  • Oil painting for the show 'Does not compute'
  • Oil on canvas
  • Oil on canvas
  • Oil on canvas
  • Oil on canvas
  • Oil on paper
  • Oil on paper
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  • Oil on canvas

CV

education

2012 MFA SUNY, Stony Brook, NY, USA
2012 Graduate Certificate in Cultural Studies, SUNY Stony Brook, NY, USA

2007 Academy of Art Dusseldorf (Kunstakademie Düsseldorf) Germany, with Rita McBride and guest student of Peter Doig; (“Meisterschüler” of prof. Rita McBride)

2005 Vordiplom Academy of Art, Mainz, Germany (with W.Virnich)


grants

Water Tower Residency Mönchengladbach, Germany, 2014
Kunststiftung NRW Project Grant, Germany, 2013
Travel Grant, Ministry of Culture, NRW, Germany, 2013
Art residency at Vermont Studio Center, USA (scholarship from VSC), 2013
Step Up 2012 Real Art Ways (consolation prize) 2012
Simons Center Award, 2010
Fulbright Scholarship, 2009 to 2011
Lepsien Art Fondation, one year studio residency, 2008


exhibition catalogs

"Bound", 2012
“Dis solution”, 2009
“On Produceability”, 2008
“Fieber tief in den Taschen”, 2008
"Kunst: jetzt. Ida Gerhardi Förderpreis", 2007
"Starp Citu Riga Mainz", 2005
"Gegenwärtig", 2005


selected video works

Tell me more
Superman, Can You Hear Me?
Tell me, tell
Ohio Story
Art Everywhere
Performance Exercises
Tasogare Doki
445km in searching for evidences
Basic Meditation
Whatever Michael Says is True
Why Study Philosophy/ probe 1
Welcome On Board


exhibitions

2015
"Object Manipulating Econimy", Fröhls, Mönchengladbach,
cur. by Swapnaa Tamhane and Aman Sandhu

2014
"The City - A Screen" group show in different cities in Bulgaria, among other Sofia, Plovdiv, Stara Zagora, Russe cur. by Ivo Ivanov and eXaf
"Factum- video art" video screening, Povdiv, Bulgaria, cur. by eXaf

2012
"Unspecific Shapes" Library Gallery, Stony Brook, NY (solo)
"Bound" Staller Center Gallery, Stony Brook, NY

2011
"Videoholica Varna", videofestival Varna, Bulgaria
"Photography", The Green Point Gallery, Green Point, NY
"Emerging", Gallery North, Setauket, NY
"Does Not Compute", Lawerence Alloway Gallery, Stony Brook, NY (solo)

2010
"Art Student Exhibition", ISE Cultural Foundation, NYC
"Brood", SAC Gallery, Stony Brook University, NY
"Maieutics", Lawerence Alloway Gallery, Stony Brook, NY

2009
"Glamouring", DUMBO, (with Moira Williams), NYC
"Now, respiration of the side story", Art Forum JARFO, Kyoto, Japan
"Trendwende", Kunstraum Dusseldorf, Germany (curated by Katja Schlenker)
"Dis solition", Lepsien Art Foundation, Düsseldorf, Germany

2008
"Art Entre Quatre Murs", Les Abattoirs, Museum of Contemporary Art, Toulouse, France (curated by Katja Schlenker)
"New Talents", Art Biennial Cologne, Germany (curated by NUANS)
"Start from Zero", Kalamatra, Video Art Festival Miden, Greece (curated by Gioula Papadopoulou, Margarita Stavraki)
"Visions in the Nunnery", the Nunnery Gallery, London, UK (curated by Tessa Garladn, Cinzia Cremona, Darshana Vora)
"Fieber tief in den Taschen", Schloss Waldhausen, Germany (curated by Winfried Virnich)
"On Produceability", Alti Aylik, Istanbul, Turkey (curateed by NUANS)
"Wir sind auch Film" video screening, Black Box, Dusseldorf, Germany
"Tasogare Doki" video performance with Tasogare World, Ballhaus, Dusseldorf, Germany (curated by NUANS)
"Kunst jetzt", "Ida Gerhardi Förderpreis", Städtische Galerie Lüdenscheid, Germany

2007
"KunstFilmTag” video screening, Malkasten, Dusseldorf, Germany (curated by Suzanne Fasbender)
"Meine Nachbarn waren begeistert" Förderverein Alte Post, Neuss, Germany (curated b y Suzanne Ristow)
"Turtle Project" with Michael Shamberg, Woburn Studios, London, UK
"Regarding Düsseldorf", Kunstverein 701, Düsseldorf, Germany (curated by Pia Witzmann)

2006
"Das letzte Wort Der Kunst" Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Group show, Klasse McBride, Germany

2005
"Starp Citu Riga&Mainz" show in Riga (Latvia) and Mainz (Germany)
"Gegenwärtig", "Ausstellung in Stadtraum Mainz", Mainz, Germany
"Neongrau" Kunstraum Mato, Offenbach am Main, Germany

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