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Stefania Batoeva at Nicodim Gallery / Los Angeles


Stefania Batoeva

SPEEDING TO THE CORNER  

October 17 – November 21, 2015


Nicodim Gallery
571 South Anderson Str, unit B 
Los Angeles, California 90033 



Stefania Batoeva, Speeding to the Corner, Installation View

SBEUPHORIA3, 2015. Acrylic on Canvas, 170 x 200 cm 


Stefania Batoeva, Speeding to the Corner, Installation View

Stefania Batoeva, Speeding to the Corner, Installation View


SBJUNGLIST, 2015. Acrylic on Canvas, 170 x 200 cm 

SAD TROPICS, 2015. Acrylic on Canvas, 120 x 160 cm 

Stefania Batoeva, Speeding to the Corner, Installation View

SBVKHEIGHTS, 2015. Acrylic on Canvas, 170 x 200 cm 

SBHEIGHTS, 2015. Acrylic on Canvas, 170 x 200 cm 

Stefania Batoeva, Speeding to the Corner, Installation View

Stefania Batoeva, Speeding to the Corner, Installation View


Stefania Batoeva, Speeding to the Corner, Installation View

Stefania Batoeva, Speeding to the Corner, Installation View

DARKRIVERBOSS, 2015. Acrylic on Canvas, 170 x 200 cm 

SBEUPHORIA2, 2015. Acrylic on Canvas, 170 x 200 cm 

SBCLUB, 2015. Acrylic on Canvas, 170 x 200 cm 

SBCLUB2, 2015. Acrylic on Canvas, 170 x 200 cm 

Stefania Batoeva, Speeding to the Corner, Installation View

Stefania Batoeva, Speeding to the Corner, Installation View

Stefania Batoeva, Speeding to the Corner, Installation View

LOVEDBYGIRL, 2015. Acrylic on Canvas, 170 x 200 cm 

SBHEIGHTS2, 2015. Acrylic on Canvas, 170 x 200 cm 




Nicodim Gallery is pleased to present SPEEDING TO THE CORNER, Stefania Batoeva’s first solo exhibition in the US. 

Batoeva presents new paintings made in Los Angeles over the past month. This is the second residency for the artist this summer, after Bahia, Brazil. 
This recent body of work takes the format of medium to large-scale paintings. Quickly executed, they register the artist’s pace of thought and specific energy of expression. Batoeva’s execution is based around a studio practice where numbers of canvases are worked and reworked simultaneously, employing the painters’ logic of decision-making happening as a conclusion of previous moves. 

Claiming the gallery space with her language of painting, the artist further constructs a world her practice both creates and inhabits. The installational placement of the works in the exhibition and the subjective dialogues between them crystallize this world. 

New spirits have entered the ‘Club’, increasing the thread of darkness that runs though the amped fluorescent colors of the work. Jesús burning palm leaves on the beach is still vivid in the mind while Uber-ing in the concrete heat of LA. Batoeva’s constellation of references, held together by the invisible forces of half-figuration, expands within this exhibition, as the layers of urban and rural complexity pile up. Still an underlying constant is the neat, slicked back hair of the London rude-girl and the clean yet dirty beats of the garage mixtape Jonny made while also reminiscing about LA. 



Stefania Batoeva (b. 1981, Sofia, BG) is based in London. Recent solo exhibitions include: “Club Caligula” (with Ilja Karilampi, Leslie Kulesh and Isaac Lythgoe), Supplement, London (2015), “Angela Is Sliding”, Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest (2014), “Paul”, Sariev Contemporary, Plovdiv (2014),  “Still No Masterplan”, Almanac Projects, London (2013); Recent group exhibitions include: "1(um)", BFA Boatos, Sao Paulo (2015), “BALCONIA” (three person show with Emanuel Röhss and Yves Scherer), SWIMMING POOL, Sofia (2015), “You will find me if you want me in the garden”, Galerie Valentin, Paris (2015). Upcoming: Two Hotel Part II, two person show with Adriano Costa following a residency in Bahia, Brazil with Emalin, London (2015).