The boxes, presented in this show are conceived before and apart from the texts and all of their knowledge and terms gathered from the internet. This actually bonds them even better and introduces the viewer to a particular state of predetermination, state where one remains a mere reflection of another self. These reflective voids retain the function of an inner light. As it slides over the form, this hidden light emerges from the deepest, endless darkness. It produces shape, and consequently image, one and the same and permanently different.
Several highlighted phrases from the text (based on Wikipedia), attached serve as a “legend”, which could serve, if necessary, for a more literal reading of the effects that can be monitored in the discrete objects of the exhibition.
The other text is an interview with Nicola Tesla, the Bulgarian translation of which was also recently published in the internet. The presentation of these two texts in reference to the work of Stela Vasileva can be interpreted widely. As it may seem, again, in a very eloquently gracious way things look the way you see them only because of the qualities of light listed here. But let’s stop using text explaining all that, when we don’t need to.
Text: Yovo Panchev
Untitled (5 BOXES), 2015, solo exhibition, wood, glass, one-way mirror,
cardboard, LED light, 50 x 50 x 20 cm each, The Fridge, Sofia
In her work of Stela Vasileva, Seamstresses 2009–2010, the artist uses the form of a box as an object.
Through their nice, minimalist appearance the four boxes enclose a classic plot in art: a moment of the everyday life of a working woman.
The artist employs photographic images of working women and machines as structural units into an orderly, crystal-like and “beautiful”
formation of mirror images that possess a kaleidoscopic mysticism and attractiveness. Leda Ekimova
Seamstresses, 2009-2010, 4 boxes, 18 x 12, 50 x 16, 50 cm each, photography, mirror, wood,
July, 2012, objects, styrofoam, drawings, acrylic on canvas, dimensions variable, solo exhibition, Mission Gallery, State Institute for Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria
Especially for the drawer of 0gms Stela Vasileva presents the work “Field”. In it, she uses light as a specific material to create space. Contrary to the principle of creating sculpture, where a definite form is shaped, in this particular case the artist deals with the idea of creating a continuous plane. Field is a work that obliterates the boundaries of the real exhibition space, on the spot. Finitude is transformed into infinity, and the darkness of the drawer is replaced by bright light which, however, creates a feeling of emptiness where images are absent. Vladiya Mihailova
Field, 2011, mirror, LED light, dimensions variable, installation view, solo exhibition, 0gms drawer at ICA, Sofiа, Bulgariа
Labour as an eternity
In the exhibition Formal, labour, machine and worker are all seen outside their usual social context, outside the history of the human technological progress which is full of oppositional and imperfect concepts of the social-labour constructs. The author clears off both the object and herself from all possible accretions and, having remained unburdened, allows herself the intellectual luxury of “formal” observation of her object, of contemplating it without studying it, of using it for imaginary hypnotic constructions of infinite mirror reflections, of discovering it as an almost supernatural phenomenon which would only allow for an aesthetic rapture and languor with the sensation of eternity.
Untitled, 2010, an installation of found objects which Stela Vasileva came across in a powder-coating workshop and brought into the gallery, appears as some weird natural landscape. Dust, as if being sand carried across by winds for centuries, creates an untouched, desert-like and even cosmic picture. Unnecessary metal elements seem to have undergone natural erosion, with their own shape and function having lost meaning amidst the accumulated dust. No, this is not technological scrap: this is nature itself. Leda Ekimova
Untitled, 2010, found objects, metal, wood, dust, dimensions variable, installation view, solo exhibition “Formal”, Vaska Emanouilova Gallery, Sofia