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Iva Gueorguieva

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Jan 16 2010 - Feb 6 2010
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Jan 16 2010 - Mar 17 2010
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Iva Gueorguieva

Born in Bulgaria, Iva Gueorguieva emigrated to the United States in 1990 and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. She received her B.A. in Philosophy from Goucher College in Baltimore and her M.F.A. from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia, where she studied painting.

In Gueorguieva’s large-scale, abstract paintings, dizzying brushstrokes, loud colors, complex spatial configurations, and frenetic energy abound. Vaguely recognizable objects, dismembered body parts, hints of architecture, and obscure characters—grotesque, comic, even pitiful in their tattered states—are barely revealed and even seem poised to disintegrate. Yet they all come together, curiously juxtaposed, on canvases heaving with lurid hues, swirling spaces, and sharp-edged marks to depict seemingly futuristic worlds where an underlying sense of menace lurks. It is the process of painting that Gueorguieva makes evident in these chaotic, exuberant works. But as she bleeds abstraction into narrative, despite the absence of any static image, tales of beauty, violence, isolation, sex and death are revealed.

Her solo exhibitions include shows at Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, CA; Outline, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Electric Works, San Francisco, CA; Pomona College Museum of Art in CA; Carl Berg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Heriard Cimino Gallery, New Orleans, LA; and Stephen Stux, New York, NY. She has been a part of group exhibitions at Ben Maltz Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, TX; Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, IL; Angell Gallery, Toronto, Canada; and Sampson Projects, Boston, MA. She teaches drawing and painting at UCLA.

Solo Exhibitions
A Rough End to Stony Sleep, Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Echolalia, Outline, Amsterdam, Netherlands
School of the Adjusted Plan, Electric Works, San Francisco, CA
Pan, Heriard Cimino Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Project Series 34: Iva Gueorguieva, Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA
Gyre Calling, Carl Berg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
How to Make Love to a Gasmask, Carl Berg Projects, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Stephen Stux, New York, NY
Vectors in the Wounded Plane, Carl Berg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Run, Heriard-Cimino Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Draka Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
Kolektiv Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Johnson State University Art Gallery, Johnson, VT
Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Temple University Gallery, Philadelphia, PA


Group Exhibitions
The Unruly and The Humorous, Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
LookySee, Ben Maltz Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
I-35, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, TX
Incognito Benefit Exhibition and Art Sale, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA
When Worlds Collide, Carl Berg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
New Painters, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, IL
The Fluid Field: Abstraction and Reference, Tyler Gallery, Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, PA
No Coast, No Sea, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL
Drawing from LA, Carl Berg Project, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Plex, The Brewery Project, Los Angeles, CA
New York Style, Angell Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Off My Biscuit, Destroy Your District, Sampson Projects, Boston, MA
The Seismologist, Sarah Nightingale Gallery, South Hampton, NY
Group, Carl Berg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Root to the Fruit, Alona Kagan Gallery, New York, NY
Le Desert de Retz, Massimo Audiello Gallery, Miami, FL
More than Dirty South, Ambrosino Gallery, Miami, FL
Motion/Stasis, Carrol Gallery, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
Sentimental Favorites: Abstract Painting, Triple Candie, New York, NY
Louisiana Biennial, Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, LA
Faculty Show, LSU Union Art Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA
Just Ripe, Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Not Yet Housebroken, Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
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