THE GOOD MACHINES
Opening Saturday, September 2nd at 17:00 hours
NL-1053 KP Amsterdam
Gerhard Hofland is proud to present the solo exhibition The Good Machines featuring a new series of paintings by Dimitar Genchev (1985, Bulgaria). This is Genchev’s third solo exhibition with the gallery, following the 2015 exhibition SWEET PEA and his 2013 debut Nostalgia.
The paintings of Dimitar Genchev are obscure and hyperreal at the same time. By altering real-life observations through a wide range of refined painting techniques, shifting of color, composition, and by applying various effects such as depth-of-field, the artist elevates seemingly despicable and ordinary scenes into poetic, timeless images. As a virtuously skilled figurative painter, Genchev transforms the flat surface of his paintings into almost tangible, three-dimensional environments that are as wondrous as they are a testimony to the artist’s abilities with his medium.
For The Good Machines, Genchev visited a series of abandoned heavy industry complexes in the cities of Sofia and Plovdiv, Bulgaria. By mixing selfmade photographs of these vacant industrial interiors with seemingly random elements and coloration, the artist depicts the ruins left by the collapse of communist Bulgaria, while simultaneously reflecting on the apparent beauty of these deserted scenes and the exposure of seemingly untouchable materials to the passage of time.
Dimitar Genchev (1985, Plovdiv, Bulgaria) lives and works in Amsterdam and Plovdiv. He studied at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia, the Utrecht School of the Arts (HKU) and was a resident at the Rijksakademie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. His works have been exhibited a Sofia City Art Gallery, Sofia, De Artillerie, Platform for young professional artists, Utrecht, and Arti et Amicitiea, Amsterdam, among many other spaces. In 2016 Genchev’s works were selected by curator Noor Mertens for the Prospects & Concepts section of Art Rotterdam.
Along with this exhibition a catalogue will appear focussed both on the new series of works in the exhibition, as well as the entire body of work of Dimitar Genchev.
This exhibition and catalogue are made possible with the kind support of the Mondriaan Fund.