DOBRINYA IVANOV

REM Sleep

Dobrinya Ivanov

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Work: Installation REM sleep hinted at the dream life of an Alexander Rodchenko ‘Chess Chair’ (1924). PinchukArtCentre © 2011.
Photographer: Sergey Illin
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I know only two things for sure, so far.
First – art makes me stronger.
Not that much stronger, but more deep, strange.

Second – I like talking. I like to speak. I want to show it in my art.

I like complex things. Multilevel. Things you can taste. Roll over on your tongue for a bit.
I like complexity. Faint connections that tie everything in reason.

I like language. I like awkward language. Broken. Strange one.
I want to project it onto my art.

I do divide myself and my art. Myself is always comes before art. My perception. Then it’s projection onto my art.
I like process. Dynamics and movement.
It’s very important. Today a lot of things are too fast to be as important as before. Now it’s equally important what it is you want to tell and how you say it. Maybe it has always been important.
The step is crucial, the way you make it.
Sometimes.
Sometimes it’s important what you say, but “how” weighs more. . It can show how far you can get.

And I wanna get very far.
I’d like to talk in that place. I’d like to approach things and speak with them. They would talk with me.

Being pure and honest. When you speak with things you must watch yourself. You must take responsibility. It is what only you rely on.

Once it is achieved – things will tell you stories. Fascinating, deep, strong, old, new stories. Stories are very important. I want to tell stories. More than anything I want to tell stories. Strange and long, complex and simple, mad and deep.

There are only two types of stories around here – about love, in its absolute meaning, and about absence of love.

That brings me to the point.
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source: pinchukartcentre

Born 1987 in Kyiv, Ukraine, where he currently lives and works. He studied at the studio of painter Alexander Babak, but ended up mostly making sculptures and installations. Since 2009 he is a participant of the Genofond program for young Ukrainian art organized by Ya Gallery in Kyiv. In 2011, he took part in the Genofond Pinakothek at the Titanikas Exhibition Halls of the Vilnius Academy of Arts and other exhibitions. In 2013 he was nominated for the Henkel Art. Award and became artist in residence at Kyiv Air.

Dobrinya Ivanov collects both real and fictive narratives that are connected to found objects. In combining the objects, he develops a storyline that is dealing with the idea of “true” and “false”. In his current artistic practice these “true and false narratives” become a part of questioning his own artistic approach.