Eye Scaffold

2015
158 x 187 x 80 cm
Edition of 1

The sculpture Eye Scaffold was made for Yana Naidenov's first solo show at Josh Lilley Gallery in 2015. This sculpture constructed out of concrete, metal rebar, plastic and steel wire is typical of Naidenov's visual vocabulary, whose aesthetic evokes images of dilapidated buildings, abandoned architecture or forgotten monuments of our past. Eye Scaffold is a delicate composition of industrial and commercial materials, which contradictorily appear like fragile castaways. This works neglected appearance could also be suggestive of potential, rather than decay; a work in the process of becoming rather than degrading. There is a definitive physicality to the work and implied labour, suggestive of construction work, which inherently cataylses questions concerning our laboured existence and contemporary problems surrounding artistic labour and its commercial and existential value. This work also identifies Naidenov's recent exploration of traditional techniques, particularly those associated with painting, such as the cartesian grid. She employs these lines in a sculptural sense in order to create a tension between interior and exterior, opacity and transparency and positive and negative space.

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About The Artist

Yana Naidenov’s work is both heavy, formal and affirmative yet open, vulnerable and graceful. These contradictions are skilfully manifested through her choice and manipulation of hard materials chosen for their utilitarian and reliable reputation but rendered precarious through Naidenov’s adaptation. Yana Naidenov embraces compositional structures that champion negative space and thereby encourage viewers to look through her work rather than at it. Her works appear to be on the verge of collapse or equally in the process of formation. This ambivalent state of formation is disruptive and unsettling – exactly the type of affect Naidenov intends for. Inspired by ruined or abandoned architectural projects Naidenov’s work artfully reverses pre-conceived conceptions about hard industrial materials such as concrete, by exposing its vulnerability. Drawing on the aesthetic of crumbling modernist monuments devoted to out-dated, purist ideologies Naidenov’s new works are poetic testaments to fragility and the potential malleability of any material, constructed ideology or thinking.

Yana Naidenov

Born: 1988