YVANOVA ART MONOGRAPH

13 04 2018
LIMITED EDITION BOOK – SEVEN YEARS IN THE MAKING

This Limited Edition art book has been in the making since year 2010. This delay was caused by distracting circumstances, that turned out to be also very destructive. As a result, one of my cherished pieces I was working on, titled “Veritas Omnia Vincit”, that I planned to be prominently feBOOK 1atured in this book, was accidentally damaged while still in clay.
The long months of work on the 5 foot sculpture, is that portrayed and enthusiastic figure, full of joy, with arms victoriousy stretch towards the sky, will be a cherished experience. It will not be featured in this book evening clay …. But this unfinished work was a part of the reason not to postpone the publication of the book any longer. Somehow it prompted me to act.

This book is about art expressions. My personal expressions as an Artist , are revolving around two things – philosophical search for an inner  freedom and the human emotional search for self- definition. Partial answers to my questions have been heavy emerged in the process………without a love for our world, dream for the future of humanity and our planet, there is no truthfully existence,  no truthful self-definition…. It all starts with inspiration. It all starts with a dream, followed by love, clad any determination.

I invite you, the art lover and aren’t viewer, to indulge in your very own emotional discovery and ultimately become a part BOOK 2of my search for answers.  The book encompasses a period of my work for about 15 years.

The Art Book signing event  is scheduled for May 9, 2018  from 4 to 7 pm  in the City of Calabasas. This event is by invitation – however , feel free to  RSVP to attend!  The Library doors will be open! Look for your Invite in the e-mail and /or mail! 

We will be displaying  some of the bronze sculpture portraits as well as a small number of the large scale paintings, in addition to the two dozen short art videos created through the years. . We’re looking forward to creating a beautiful event that will complete a 15 year period,  devoted to portrait sculpture with  and expressionistic large scale portrait paintings and abstracts ,  in order to open the road to my new artistic  journey of contemporary  and conceptual  geometry. There will be light refreshments and  all around good vibes served.  See you then!

Yours truly,

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Yvanova, The Author

PS. For those of you who couldn’t make it –  this is the Amazon link to view and purchase the book. Thank you!

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CLIFF GARTEN STUDIO | A BRIGHT LIGHT ON THE HORIZON OF PUBLIC ART

17 05 2014

 

I have discovered Cliff Garten’s work in 2013, during my routine research about Harvard graduates of the Graduate School of Design. I was very inspired by what I saw – the scope of his work , the depth, the scale and the playful creativity, all while encompassing large projects with infrasctucture connotation. I was attracted and inspired by the Bullet & Suspect” composition imagery. Despite the harshness of the theme –since the project is a Forensic lab in Denver – and the hard durable materials – the poetry of the composition is undeniable. This is very similar to the well balanced wave design of the Los Angeles Overpass – the Baldwin Cliff Garten Bullet&Suspect Pic2Hills gateway, strongly reminiscent of e lace ribbon. There is a continuity in Cliff Garten’s work – that is rooted in his inner equilibrium. I was inspired by this giant visionary, who breaks boundaries and makes a statement – with harmony and without antagonizing the environment and the public.

Cliff Garten’s clear interest and in the connection between the Public and Private realm as it relates to Art , has always been close to my heart. Mr.Garten artistically embodies my inner belief system in that field. It is not incidental that my own artistic expression covers a wide range of medium, that can only be categorized as “multimedia “. That multidisciplinary quality was another one of Cliff Garden, that I deeply relate to. Somehow through the years – I always believed that Art and Architecture are closely related and the tangent is called Landscape Architecture.

CLIFF GARTEN STUDIO | Philosophy | Purpose
There is a latent potential in every public place and situation to become more than the specific functions it appears to perform. Public and private experiences are never distinct, but exchange places throughout the +Cliff Garten - Studio BLWH E-May2014day. My search for a place where desire intersects with our everyday activity is the search for sculptural forms which engage us in the poetry of our own actions and define our personal and social histories. The necessary facts of our public infrastructure are cause for the possibility of a public expression through the conscious design and integration of art. Sculpture defines our interaction and movement by creating energy between things, generating interest in public activity, reframing our private lives and creating a sense of place within public and private realms” ._C.G

 
Apparently the Harvard School of Design shares that view, since the graduate Public Art program and the graduate Landscape Architecture program belong to the same school.

On May 12th, 2013, the Los Angeles Arts Commission launched a new program of Open Studio talks with Artists – I was excited to attend to the Cliff Garten’s Open Studio. I was one of approximately twenty attendants. It was a great pleasure to meet Mr.Garten in person – for his level of sophistication, he is an approachable, kind mannered tall man. The presentation was a revelation of his noteworthy projects, his approach and his methodology.
Cliff Garten receptor Pic1There is hardly enough space to point out the details of the presentation- what was clear was that the success of the Studio is lined with depth , dedication and careful planning. Cliff Garten Studio . is a multidisciplinary Art studio for Public Art with the structure, discipline and organization of an Architectural studio, incorporating digital technology along with hands on craft. As Mr.Garten said – “You simply cannot buy a software and become a great designer because of it. The software is a tool – just like the brush and the sculpture rake.” You cannot design something that you are unable to craft with your own hands…” Excellent point. Artists vision for the concept comes first, dictated by the site and or the location – everything else follows, including the digital craft. To say that I agree is an understatement – I share this opinion 100%.
I am very enthusiastic about the rest of the Artists open studio events . Despite the facts that I have attended the most interesting and most inspiring Art talk. Why ? Perhaps because this new form of Art, the so called Public Art is a relatively new phenomenon and is born in the Unites States. And perhaps because it is the only form of Art, that has the capacity to transform the infrastructure of the public realm in this beautiful vast country of ours. Because America might be beautiful – when it comes to nature – but with the demographic +CliffGartenPhoto +Prsentingexpansion comes building an construction expansion that takes over and it is very easy to turn a green field into a concrete desert.

Cliff Garten’s vision has made vast breakthroughs in that regard – by showing that Public Infrastructure can be harmonious and functional at the same time. It is what people call beautiful. I call it simply brilliant.
If there is any slippery slope between Art and Function – it was not present in Cliff’s Garten’s work. When it comes to Public Art – Form and Function is allowed as long as it does carry artistic vision of a genius like Cliff Garten to unite the two in a interplay that brings subtle , yet unforgettable experiences.

Yours Truly,

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Tsvetana Yvanova

for the ArtChronicle