SPEEDING TO THE CORNER is Stefania Batoeva’s first solo exhibition in the US, at Galeria Nicodim in Los Angeles where Batoeva presents new paintings made in the city over the past month. This is the second residency for the artist this summer, after Bahia in Brazil.
This recent body of work takes the format of medium to large-scale paintings. Quickly executed, they register the artist’s pace of thought and specific energy of expression. Batoeva’s execution is based around a studio practice where numbers of canvases are worked and reworked simultaneously, employing the painters’ logic of decision-making happening as a conclusion of previous moves.
Claiming the gallery space with her language of painting, the artist further constructs a world her practice both creates and inhabits. The installational placement of the works in the exhibition and the subjective dialogues between them crystallize this world.
New spirits have entered the ‘Club’, increasing the thread of darkness that runs though the amped fluorescent colors of the work. Jesús burning palm leaves on the beach is still vivid in the mind while Uber-ing in the concrete heat of LA. Batoeva’s constellation of references, held together by the invisible forces of half-figuration, expands within this exhibition, as the layers of urban and rural complexity pile up. Still an underlying constant is the neat, slicked back hair of the London rude-girl and the clean yet dirty beats of the garage mixtape Jonny made while also reminiscing about LA.
Contribution by Domenico de Chirico.
Stefania Batoeva - SPEEDING TO THE CORNER
NICODIM, October 17 - November 21