The 7+1 Art group -Selected Projects
The ‘7+1’ Art group (created at the beginning of 1997) has been working persistently along the lines of provocative artistic penetration into social space.
"THE Napkin"- Sculptural Symposium "Sculptur XXI", Sofiia. ILKO NIKOLCHEV,YOHANNES ARTINYAN,KAMEN TSVETKOV, PANCHO KURTEV. 1700/1700/90 CM .2001
In this work the sculptors block the entrance to the Sea Garden in Varna with 3000 metal vinegar crates (grouped in 5 modules of 115 metres length altogether and 23 metres height) to create their piece of work called "A Bar " Defraction " Passing Through".The composition was estimated very precisely: "it was a bar to movement without provoking people"s discontent". It was accepted as an original filter placed by the authors at an active point of the town environment in order to make us look at life in a different way.
A BAR-DEFRACTION-PASSINGTROUGHT"SIXTH ANNUAL EXHIBITION OF SOROS CENTER FOR THE ARTS .ILKO NIKOLCHEV,YOHANNES ARTINYAN,KAMEN TSVETKOV, PANCHO KURTEV.VARNA-2000 WRAPPING CASSETTES 1400/360/360 CM .1999
The interlacing of the static"s of a sculpture with the dynamics of a projection is used by the sculptors in their participation in the week devoted to modern arts in Plovdiv "Remote". They situate their nets in a popular walking; tunnel which functions as a shopping center as well. The transparent barriers seem to separate the outside behavior of the passers-by from their inside conscience. The rhythmically changing images from the projection achieve the opposite " they combine the two in eternally flowing time.
"UNDERGROUND FILTER"-ILKO NIKOLCHEV, YOHANNES ARTINYAN, KAMEN TSVETKOV, PANCHO KURTEV"REMOTE" PROJECT, CURATOR MICHEL BUSSIERES, WEEKOF THE MODERN ARTS, PLOVDIV 2000 4000/600/300CM, SYNTHETIC NET, 90 SLIDES, TWO ROTATIONAL SLIDE PROJECTORS.
At the topmost point of the height "7+1" dug out 25 cubic metres of soil and face the pit formed in such a way with marble. Thus a symbolic crack " 2 metres deep, 3 metres wide, and 14 metres long - appeared. It was entitled "Something Down -Up There".
"SOMETHING DOWN UP THER"-INTERNATIONAL SCULPTURAL SYMPOSIUM, ILINDENTSI ILKO NIKOLCHEV, YOHANNES ARTINYAN, KAMEN TSVETKOV, KRASSIMIR ANGELOV, PANCHO KURTEV.1999
The three massive metal cubes 2 meters of height and 2,5 tons of weight) personify the life and spirit of the town of Pernik, which wholly depend on the output of the metal-processing works there. They render the sense of burden, darkness and lack of hope, which seem to overwhelm this town, in a clear and categorical way. As if grown out of the earth, resembling enormous pieces of ore, the cubes, on the one hand show the everlasting and indescribable beauty of this natural treasure, and on the other hand, symbolize people"s quite sad sometimes, dependence on it.
"A FILTER-PASSING THROUGH"-THE CENTER OF PERNIK ILKO NIKOLCHEV,YOHANNES ARTINYAN,KAMEN TSVETKOV,KRASSIMIR ANGELOV,PANCHO KURTEV 270/300/1500 CM,STEEL.BULGARIA-1998