Georgi Iankov is a great character. I take responsibility for the whole ambiguity of the definition. When he is in the mood, he walks his Jack Russel terrier as if he were a fairground bear. As a proof, one has to see the dualistic images that he shows in his exhibitions. They are great images of the great meaning grown in its own contradiction. For example, inserting a letter in the spelling of Exist and turning it into Exist is a reversal of the meaning as well as its addition. In addition to length, depth and time, it seems that an additional fifth dimension of the meaning of dualism is activated. It is problematic to exist in a constant state of searching for a way out. Looking for entrances seems much more rewarding to me, but not of one’s life choice is reduced to evacuation. We are urgently leaving the habitats of hope for a reasonable world shared with reasonable people. The evacuation plan that the artist offer us is pure imagination. The viewer is urged to imagine that he has understood it, but he is free to act on his own accord. The exhibition “Light Mayonnaise” in ONE Gallery by Georgi Iankov is an entrance-exit to a multidimensional world of large, dense, shining images. They are extra-large and extra-potent because they contain fragments of bizarre reality, formulas from the equation of life. They are images that easily let us in, but if we comprehend the direction to which they point us, they tighten around us like a clamp. According to the theory of “The Relatively Light Mayonnaise”, nothing matters, but everything makes sense, or was it that sense no longer matters, or it matters that nothing makes sense, or it doesn’t matter that it makes sense… I forgot exactly how to spell it, but it is best to ask personally Prof. Goergi Iankov on February 11 th after 13.00 at ONE Gallery on the corner of “Ivan Vazov” str. 14 and “6 th Septembet” str.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Venelin Shurelov
About the artist:
Georgi Iankov was born in Sofia in 1964. In 1990 he graduated the National Academy of Arts majoring in “Poster” and five years later he is invited as an assistant in the same department. In 2003 he becomes associate professor and since 2010 he is a professor majoring in “Poster” in department “Poster and visual communication.” As of January 2020 he is Rector of the National Academy of Art. Iankov has worked in advertising for over twenty years and is the author of
many publicity campaigns and videos. He also operates in various fields of the visual arts – poster, graphic design, object, installation and more. He is a member of the Graphic Design section of the Union of Bulgarian Artist. Iankov is also co-founder and chairman of New Visual International Group. Georgi Iankov has participated in numerous forums connected to poster art and design including: The International Triennial of Stage Poster – Sofia, International Biennale of Humor and Satire – Gabrovo; Human Rights Day Exhibition, Palace of Nations – Geneva; Exhibition of the Bulgarian poster – Basel. Together with Prof. Nikolay Mladenov Iankov participated in the project Poetry on the Wall – Embassy of Austria in Sofia. Other exhibitions include Law and Justice Exhibition – Potsdam, Tunisia, Munich, Dusseldorf, Berlin, Cultural Institute, London; “I Love This Movie,” Casa Del Cinema – Rome, So Independent – New York. Accompanying program of the 56th Venice Biennale, Imago Mundi: Map of the New Art, Luciano; Benetton Collection, Giorgio Chini Foundation – Venice; Grayscale – Serbia, Contemporary Bulgarian Humorous Poster – Austria.
He has won numerous awards for graphic design and held seven solo exhibitions.