Home > Edition 2010 > Virtual exhibition of The Old School residency – LEGEND COLLECTORS, 2010

Inspired from local myths and legends, the artists-guests of Art Residence “The Old School” – 2010, made their works. They used not only the provided materials, but also everything, which could be used for art in some way – leaves, coal, etc. With some pictures and a description of the work, we are presenting you the works that have been made during the art residence.

Joanna Buchowska

    decided to travel from Germany to Bulgaria by train, when she arrived in Gorna Lipnitsa, she was bitten cruelly from unknown insects, during her travel.

 

She made her first picture even before we could heal her with Finistil, it is called:

 

NO PROBLEM / НЯМА ПРОБЛЕМ

The black sky in the picture is an expression of the “dark” mood that Joanna had, after meeting the unpleasant insects.

The second work of Joanna Buchowska is again connected with the bites, but also with the legends for dragons. Her work shows a story made by photos and text, which ends with a picture.

 Shortly the story under the photos is the following: Joanna is bitten all over her body. She is frightened and don`t know what has bitten her. One old woman from Gorna Lipnitsa – “baba” told her that these bites are from an unusual dragon that lives in the area of the village. The old woman told Joanna that the only way to cure herself is to find the dragon and feed it with watermelons. After a long search, she found it and talked with it. The dragon had some additional demands. Except the watermelons, it wanted Joanna to be dressed with her best clothes and to wear her high-heels. So, dressed with her best clothes and on her high-heels, Joanna fed the dragon all day. Finally the dragon told her its last demand – to paint a picture, showing how she feeds it and leave it in Gorna Lipnitsa forever. Joanna did it:

 

PROMISE/ОБЕЩАНИЕ

Maia Stefana Oprea

  works with the legends for snakes. According to her, the snake has a double character, symbolizing good and bad. In her pictures you can see these two beginnings and the balance between them.

 

LITТLE GIRL COUGHT BY A DRAGON

 

 

THE CAPTURE OF THE UNICORN ABOVE GORNA LIPNITSA

Maia used all of her canvases and when she asked us for more, we didn`t have any more. So we had to cut a bathroom door, which transformed in this:

 

SNAKE WOMAN

SABOTARIAN DOG

In this work Maia Stefana Oprea used the chops that had left from Kalin Koichev`s sculpture work.

 

 

Renata Szur

   chose a legend, according to which, if a horse hair stays in water for 40 days it will become a snake. Renata hasn`t got enough time to check in live, if this is just a legend or a real magic, so she visualized this transformation. She asked us to find hair from horse tail. While we were searching for it, Renata, inspired from one beautifully peeled wall in one of the workshops, made this:

Finally, the stable-man Nasko helped us finding a horse tail. We were also told the sad story of the horse, which tail we had – it appears that the horse had drowned in a local dam, some time ago. But Renata thought this as a sign – from its tail a water snake was going to be born.

Renata, using a knitting-needle, made a snake from the washed and cut tale.

 

Maria Aleksieva

   painted the images of St.Dimitar, St. George and St. Nestor in the three recesses above the entrance of the “St. Dimitar” church in Gorna Lipnitsa.

In the end of August, the weather was really hot and even we have provided an assistant and umbrella, Maria couldn`t paint during the whole day.

While she was waiting the sun, she painted this:

ME AND THE DRAGON

Krasimira Dimova 

  also worked on believes for dragons and specifically on stories about love between dragon and girl.

DRAGON GIRL

Krasi missed her little son David all the time, one day she just painted her love in a picture:

 

TO MY SON DAVID “LOVE YOU”

Krasimira also made a logo of Art Residence “The Old School”:

LOGO OF THE ART RESIDENCE

She also used all kind of materials.

BUTTERFLY

 made from leaves, chestnuts, coal from evening fires.

WINDOW TO THE WORLD

Margarita Doseva

 worked on frog believes and their connection with beautiful girls.

….FOR THE FROG

Later on, Margi decided to find company for the frog and painted that green rabbit:

 

LEGEND FOR 14+1+6

On the closing exhibition Margarita received a couple of orders from some of the guests, to paint frogs for them.

From some old tree trunks, the sculptor Kalin Koichev

  made his work “Forest”.

“There is a legend, according to which in the darkness of the night trees become human and vice-versa. I will make a forest of odd images. Here some trees would turn into human”, beseeched Kalin. Here is the forest:

FOREST
 
Martin Petrov

   worked on believes about fairies and their connection with the water. He chose to work on a wall in the center of Gorna Lipnitsa, which he, himself, renovated before. Here is the result:

Plamen Stoev

  worked on legends for wells, representing them as magical places, a connection between the upper and under world:

WELL 1

 

WELL 2

 

 

WELL 3

 

 

WELL 4

Plamen Petrov

 who we also named “father of the dragons” managed the children participating in the art residence – Gabriel Petrov and Enik Palov.

Together they recreated the story of one typical for Gorna Lipnitsa legend – “Green Sinor”

GREEN DRAGON

 

 

BLUE DRAGON

While Plamen Petrov was resting from his dragon work, he painted a portrait of Serafim Severniak – writer and publicist born in the village.

PORTRAIT OF SERAFIM SEVERNIAK

Something likes an end:

In the last week of August, Gorna Lipnitsa gave shelter to 10 artists and inspired them for work.

After the end of the art residence, they have left:

The works, made by them, can be seen every working day in the municipality of Gorna Lipnitsa village. From today – until the beginning of next summer, at least……

END………………

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