Mariana Vassileva / works

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Big Puddle
2013
Photo print on aludibond
33 x 60 cm 
 
 
SAVE
2013
Blown eggs on wood
120 x 340 cm
 
 
Break In / Out: Breathing Light
2013
Steel, mesh wire, bulb
200 x 60 x 60 cm
 
 
Break In / Out: Breathing Light
2013
Steel, mesh wire, bulb
200 x 60 x 60 cm

 
Break In / Out: Breathing Light
2013
Steel, mesh wire, bulb
200 x 60 x 60 cm
 
 
Hands 
2013
Burned wood, neon
40 x 60 x 40 cm
 
 
Leafs
2012
Cables, LED, painted shoes
 
 
Leafs
2012
Cables, LED, painted shoes 
 
 
Just A Game
2013
Duration: 220 
 
 
Just A Game
2013
Duration: 220 
 
 
Just A Game
2013
Duration: 220 
 
 
Turnovo
2013
Duration: 3’31’’
 
 
Turnovo
2013
Duration: 3’31’’
 
 
Turnovo
2013
Duration: 3’31’’
 
 
Tree all fruits
2011
Synthetic, material painted
300 x 160 x 100 cm
 
 
Going out
2011
Shoe, mirror, lamp
30 x 7 cm
 
 
My old friends
2011
Painted wood
88 x 29 cm
 
 
 
My old friends
2011
Watercolor, pencil
48 x 36 cm
 
 
 
Globe
2011
Synthetic material painted
31 x 31 cm
 
 
 
Never carry two watermelons under one arm
2011       
HD, 4.35 min
 
 
Landmark
2011
Styrofoam, motor, track, laser
85 x 45 cm
 
 
  
Will they be friends one day?
2011
Sculpture, 2 nails
 
 
Puddle
2011
Silicon, water, lamp
250 x 100 x 11 cm
 
 
   
The gentle brutality of simultaneity
1981 - 2011
Photo in Aludibond        
80 x 53 cm
 
 
From the serie: The gentle brutality of simultaneity, Untitled 1
2011
Watercolor, pencil
61 x 46 cm
 
 
From the serie: The gentle brutality of simultaneity, Untitled 2
2011
Watercolor, pencil
61 x 46 cm
 
 
From the serie: The gentle brutality of simultaneity, Untitled 3
2011
Watercolor, pencil
61 x 46 cm
 
 
From the serie: The gentle brutality of simultaneity, Untitled 4
2011
Watercolor, pencil
61 x 46 cm
 
 
Accelerator
2011
Interactive installation, neon, barbed wire, motor, sound   
       
 
Rainbows
2011
HD, PAL, 01:18 min
 
                   
Selfmade 
2011
Polyester, gold barbed wire
45 x 30 cm


Inbetween 
2011
Light - sound installation / neon, wood, speaker, 
350 x 880 x 60 cm
       
 
Seven sisters
2010
Video, PAL, 4:00 min, color
 
 
Morning mood
2010
Video, PAL, 3:17 min, color
 
                      
Communication
2010
Neon lights, polyester
50 x 100 x 50 cm

               
From the series treasure is everywhere
2008 - 2010
Fabric, metal, synthetic material, wood, 2 light bulbs
200 x 120 x 50 cm 
     
From treasured moments to treasured objects, our existence is encapsulated by the search for treasures, or for things to treasure. The installation, "Treasure is Everywhere", speaks of the motive force within us all, the energy and enthusiasm which motivates us, and which can also spread to illuminate other things
 
 
From the series treasure is everywhere
2008 - 2010
Fabric, metal, synthetic material, wood, light bulbs, motorcycle

       
From the series treasure is everywhere
2010
Inkjet on paper
60 x 23,5 cm
 
 
Just a game
2009
Material lead, aluminium 
150 x 60 cm 
 
               
Pendulum
Material lead
700 cm 
2009 
 
 
Lighthouse
2009
04:00 min, PAL, loop
 
 
300 miles
2009
Material recycled cards
500 cm
 
 
Traffic police
2008
01:47 min, PAL, loop
                     
An interpretation of two policemen on a street in Mexico.  
 
 
La familia
2009
01:50 min, PAL, loop 
               
The video „La Familia“ is a South American genre painting in which divers generations are united. With its light heartedness the picturesque family album contrasts the inner conflicts and the violence of its society. The artist in her study reminds of Martin Chambi, the pioneer of the Peruvian photography. For more than half century his atelier is the meeting point for all classes of society – beginning from a bagger to a mayor. As much as Chambi Vassileva succeeds to build up a close personal relationship to her actors, like you could see it before by the West African photographers Seidpu Keita and Mama Casset. The medium of photography loses its typical coldness and creates a kind of complicity between the artist and the object. /Alfons Hug/
 

Sin piel
2009
03:47 min, PAL
 
 
Pedrito
2009
03:00 min, ntsc                      
             
 
Broken man
2009
Mirror work
 
 
Toro
2008
05:00 min, PAL
                     
The video shows a man fighting against the waves of the sea - in face of the huge sky and the wide of the sea, sometimes he abandons the fight, but then he comes back with new bravery: as a torero in the arena but also as Don Qichote against the windmills. 
 
 
Die frau, die sich sieben mal gedreht hat
2007
Cast bronze
45,5 x 8,5 cm 
 
 
Joey
2007
Gypsum, artificial hair, mixed media
165 cm high
                                   
Joey is a young woman standing upright, slim and with very long hair that veils large parts of her face and her body. Actually, one can only discern the nose, parts of mouth and forehead, the slender legs and the naked feet of the woman, the rest of her body is covered by her parted, chestnut brown hair. From the middle of the body, at about the area where the genital should be, the right thumb of the girl protrudes through the thick hair. It is gilded and it seems – at least at first sight – as if it wanted to imitate a phallus. This life-size sculpture appears like a general picture of the current situation in which the traditional but still existing images and conceptions concerning the relation between man and woman, art and science, as well as life and death have already dissolved. 
 
 
 
I want to be a tree
2010
Watercolor on paper
40 x 60 cm

     
Aus der serie joey
2007
Watercolor on paper
25 x 35 cm 
 
 
Nothing is just
2006
Neon lights
12 x 1400 cm 
 
 
Tango
2007
00:45 min, PAL, loop 
 
                              
Reflections
2006
05:14 min, PAL, 16:9
Ambient sound, electronic music by Atom Heart & Eyephone 
 
 
 
The milkmaid
2006
03:00 min, PAL
Music: alva noto - taken from the op.2005 transrapid
Dominique Vellart
Actor - Maria Dabow
                     
This work was inspired by a painting by Jan Vermeer, the "The Milkmaid" from 1658-60. The motif becomes transformed, not only into our present but also into a virtual spaceless and timeless sphere. The clothing and appearance of the young woman are as pristine as the light that plays upon her - as it would an everlasting sculpture. However she is, through her posture, totally in the present. As she remains motionless and only the milk flows - as if frozen in time - one could say that in this work, photography, video and sculpture unite in one medium. 
/Ralf Bartholomäus/
 
 
Journal
1990 - 2005
12:00 min, PAL, loop 
 
I feel, therefore I am. In this regard, the skin acts as the frontier between the individual and our surroundings. Touch confirms our existence. “Through sight, through touch, through sympathy, through work in general we are with the others. All relationships are transitive. I touch an object and I see another person, but I am not that person. I am completely alone” .. extract from the book “The Time and the Other” from Emmanuel Levinas.

In the video "journal" I feel my way past various locations led by a different destination. I am both adult and child at the same time. This is a method not just of feeling, but also transforming the contour of the self. Our skin is a border crossing.


Mirrorlight
2004 - 2005
08:00 min, PAL, loop
 
With the mirrorlight you can move inside the human buildings. Some buildings have no windows, others are completely made of glass and still others have the shutters closed. Some are solidly built, others are temporary, like tents. I am permanently observing. The outer walls of the buildings which surround me are the inner walls of my home and I am somebody different. One can exchange everything in life except existence. During this existence we isolate ourselves. In this respect we are Monade. During the existence, and not during any kind of content, which could be in you, you are without doors and without windows.

When I blind the people with the mirror they are surprised. Maybe they think I am crazy. In fact many of them laugh, and then I am content.

 

Jumping man
2000 - 2005
02:16 min, PAL, loop 
 
One man in a black suit jumps under his own power. Every jump is an attempt to escape his routine. In doing so, he hopes to redefine himself and his experience. Contemporary society is full of Jumping Men and Jumping Women, who repeat their actions, hoping each time to perform them better. With each summersault they try to reach higher, or at least not fall short of the previous mark. And they hope to make it appear easy, though it is not.
 
 
Definition
2006
02:10 min, PAL, loop 

The video is immersed in existential yearning for the expanses of time and space. Out of the white landscape of snow comes a pair of bustling feet. The term DEFINITION appears, written is golden fluid in the snow. During this scene one can hear the sound of a cigarette-lighter striking and the ringing of a mobile telephone, with which the protagonist attempts in vain to reach someone...

Throughout the video one can see a beautiful bank of trees, which divide the image horizontally into earth and sky, into here and there, then and now, into the experienced and not yet experienced, perceived space, situation, state of being. As the view pans from left to right one hears a sound like a helicopter slowly separating and raising itself from the land. Then: silence, white screen, wind, the far away sound of birds singing in the wild. As the video ends you hear a dog barking, very close, beside you. Despite this pastoral idol one still perceives the urban nature of every video sequence - the pathological restlessness. 

 

Time cut 

 

Cloudsdefinition 

 

Speedformel
2004 - 2007
Bronze
80 x 400 x 50 cm 

The work speedformel thematizes Mariana Vassileva’s experiences after emigrating to a new living environment. She creates a sculpture, in which the speed of time and the impossibility to grasp one’s surroundings and one’s fellow humans in all their real meaning and all their true shape are materialised in a dynamic form. The distortion and alienation of the experiences are expressed the sculpture’s deformations. The literally embodied time bears a hole in its middle: the longing for rooms dreamt of, in which we never were, and at the same time the feeling of loss towards the places in which we once lived and which we had to leaved behind, without having recognised what they mean to us.

With speedformel, Vassileva succeeds in creating a sculpture, which is so heavy and profound as the feelings it formulates, while simultaneously the rushing time congeals into a fluent, nearly ephemeral form. 

Mariana Vassileva

Mariana Vassileva

Mariana Vassileva

Mariana Vassileva
Rasender stillstand
 
The bus stop modified by Mariana Vassileva was originally a part of her exhibition "Rasender Stillstand" (static motion). At that time the bus stop was senselessly placed in a former schoolyard on Berlin's Auguststraße, causing confusion.This is the effect that the artist hopes for: using something very familiar and perceiving it's features and qualities as if we see it for the first time. For a long time now we have attempted to settle down in big cities but nevertheless we remain on the road. Perhaps we are still gipsies in spite of our dependence on permanent residences. We never feel truly secure. We try to run away; to flee from ourselves. If something forces us to stop, perhaps to wait for something, we immediately search for things to provide us the comfort we loose through our restlessness. With her work the artist underlines her interest in contemporary problems, such as the feeling of remaining a stranger even in intimate situations. She is concerned with our longing for a home environment, exploring our forced mobility as well as the pathological restlessness of our time. Her work is occupied with the possibility of discovering a sense of peace and safety even while we are abroad or travelling whilst also exploring the opposite effect of feeling lost in the most common und familiar situations. The placement of the bus stop denies every association with movement: it is certain no bus will stop here. The bus stop has been slightly but significantly manipulated. The seats resemble a bed, implying regained silence and a letter box creates an atmosphere of privacy and confidence. With such little changes a concrete moment - the "now" - is almost within reach.

An isle of peace, completely still, amongst the madness of speed we experience in our present. Those two little changes are enough to slow down an object usually understood as a symbol of mobility. In this variation the bus stop (already regarded as a classical work in Berlin Wall AG´s programme) is perfected. By subtle modifications a common object becomes an art-work enriched with various associations. The simplicity almost painfully contrasts our usual lack of moderation. Being sheer and pure is what makes this work of art so beautiful. /Ralf Bartholomäus/