The Skin I Live In
Kavi Gupta BERLIN is proud to present "The Skin I Live In", a solo exhibition by Bulgarian artist Antonia Gurkovska. For Gurkovska's first exhibition in our Berlin gallery, the artist will present two interrelated series of works. First, a video, entitled "Drawing 2x2.2m" (2013), where the artist traces her own form in an act of performed drawing is shown on a small monitor in one of the gallery's front rooms. Like much of Gurkovska's painting, the video stems from a similar conceptual drive - the body as a contested territory, a site of expression and inscription. In a second series of works, Gurkovska transforms the gallery's third and largest room into an installation whose focus is four new large works done on square sheets of rubber and stretched canvas, each laid on its own plinth. Building from the artist's "Container" (2012), an installation created in our Chicago gallery last year, the installation presented here in Berlin, entitled "The Skin I Live In" (2013), will be presented as a hermetically closed interior with each wall covered in the spots of paint that have come to be emblematic of Gurkovska's work. Each of the four works - layered with a raster stencil, hand drawn lines of spraypaint, and gridded elliptical slits cut through the material - embody Gurkovska's understanding of skin as not necessarily a border between what is inside or outside, but instead like the surface or pictorial plane in the history of painting, as something permeable, porous, as a sieve or screen.
Antonia Gurkovska (b. 1984 in Sofia, BG) lives and works in Sofia and Chicago. Gurkovska's work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout Europe and America, some examples include "Index" (2012) at Kavi Gupta Gallery in Chicago, US, "Changing States Of Matter" (2012) at Brand New Gallery in Milan, IT, and "Don't Look Back In Anger" (2009) at Red House Center For Contemporary Art in Sofia, BG. Her work has been reviewed in numerous publications including Art In America (all publications 2012), Mousse Magazine, and Chicago Art Magazine. Gurkovska received her Master's Of Fine Arts Degree in Painting from The School Of The Art Instiute Of Chicago in 2011 and a Bachelor Of Fine Arts Degree in Painting from the National Academy Of Art in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2008. Gurkovska has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards and fellowships including the George and Anne Siegel Fellowship (2011), Fulbright Scholarship (2009), and an Erasmus Student Exchange Grant (2005).