Iva Gueorguieva

Iva GueorguievaArtist’s Statement

Typically my work starts as a specific visual proposition and evolves as a result of distinct processes. Some pieces start on the floor, while others are cut and collaged back together or arise from a meticulous accumulation of layers of serial marks. The image emerges through and because of a process, guided by certain recurring themes: construction and collapse, pulse and arrest, violent energy and meditative exactitude. The references to nuclear holocaust, environmental degradation and architectural and technological folly abound, and yet the paintings return to personal and immediate thoughts and intuitions.

Recently much of my work has a strong sonic quality. In the blurred but humming cascades of line, and in the pulsation of color patches, vibration occurs as much as the visual mark. There is even a sort of shamanic presence, reminiscent of pagan figures danced by older cultures to ward off evil spirits with tremendous sound. Each figure is blurred behind a mask, which serves both to elicit a figural presence and to divert the viewer’s participatory gaze into the surrounding motion. Overall, my intent is to offer opportunities for viewers to recognize their own rhythmic incorporation in what they see.


Select Solo Exhibitions

Aumgn, Angles Gallery, Los Angeles

A Rough End to Stony Sleep, Angles Gallery, Los Angeles

Drawing and sound installation, Stichting OutLine, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Project Series: 34 New Paintings, Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, Calif.

Select Group Exhibitions

Desire: Six Los Angeles Artists (forthcoming), Pasadena Museum of Art, Pasadena, Calif.

New Weather: Diana Al-Hadid, Robyn O’Niel and Iva Gueorguieva, University of South Florida, Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, Fla.

I-35 Biennial, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas

The Fluid Field: Abstraction and Reference, Temple University Gallery, Philadelphia

Select Community-based Projects

Lux Art Institute, Encinitas, Calif.

Select Awards and Grants

Artist grant, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York


2001, Graduate Program in Art History
Temple University, Philadelphia

2000, M.F.A.
Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Philadelphia

1997, B.A.
Goucher College, Baltimore