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Stux Gallery is pleased to announce New York based Bulgarian artist Kosyo Minchev's fifth solo show.
 Known for his provocative re-conc eptualizations of classical painting and sculpture\, Kosyo's new group of w orks continue to demand awareness of history's effects on our visual judgme nts\, and challenge us to reconcile personal preconceptions and the necessi ty to pursue an informed consensus.  

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His "Lambs" series of aqua-re sin lamb heads are docile\, stately and gently mysterious. The lamb heads a re not busts\, but rather cropped sections that still carry an imaginary pr esence of the entire body. The pristine color and smoothness of the medium evoke classical tenets and a sense of timelessness\, accentuating their fle eting innocence and our current society's long departure from classical ide alism. Abstract\, geometric compositions occur throughout the series to pro pose a puzzling\, co-dependent relationship between materiality and intangi ble thoughts.

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Kosyo's expressive marks record both fleshly fur text ure and the gruesomeness of suffering\, and distort the contour to transpor t the seemingly representational works to the realm of conceptualism and ex pressionism. Simultaneously\, they inject human-like emotions that are quie t but intensely tangible. These lambs do not claim to simulate the human co ndition. Rather\, the animal-nature resists blunt projections of our immedi ate personal understandings\, and makes emotions we detect more fundamental and intimate.

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His "Landscapes" paintings continue to negotiate the relationship between the artist\, the medium\, artistic subject matter and the overarching intellectual history. He paints inside silicone rather tha n over it\, and creates images that could be stretched and molded along wit h its malleable medium. These paintings communicate with gravity and hang w ithout the rigid integrity imposed by frames and canvas stretchers. They ar e deeply indebted to the Romantics' majestic\, sublime portraits of nature\ , but are soft and rubbery to the touch. The gestural brushwork is viewed t hrough a transparent layer that filters out the three dimensional gustos of the brushstrokes and activates the viewer's imagination. While the silicon e cover denies unrestricted access to the painting inside\, it initiates re freshing examinations of our default ways of seeing\, the nature of paintin g and the course of art history. 

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Kosyo advocates for the necessity of labels and categories that aid our understanding of the visual world by creating works that confound these concepts -- his paintings map out the m iddle ground between the permanent past and the ephemeral present\, the psy chological and the universal.

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Kosyo Minchev is a New Y ork City based artist who was born in Bulgaria and studied at the National Academy of Fine Art in Sofia. He has shown throughout Europe and the United States including the Herringen Kunstverein in Germany\, the Wittgenstein H ouse in Vienna and the Queens Museum of Art in New York. Kosyo's exhibition s have been reviewed in many publications including The New York Times\; th e Village Voice\; Sculpture Magazine\; Woxx\, Zeitung vum Lëtzebuerger Voll ek and D'Lëtzebuerger Land in Luxembourg\; and KULTURA Newspaper in Russia. This will be his fifth solo show at the Stux Gallery\, NY.

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