RHYMES AND ENANTIOMORPHS

Denitsa Todorova invites Stephan Balleux
27.05 – 11.07 2020 at DMW Gallery

  • About the Exhibition
  • Works
denitsa todorova, dmw gallery, drawing, marble skin

‘Rhymes and Enantiomorphs’ is a collaboration between Denitsa Todorova and Stephan Balleux on pictorial deconstruction and reconstruction.

The complex, ambiguous œuvre of Stephan Balleux reveals the artist’s obsession with the mechanisms involved in the power of the image. Through an expertly analytical approach, Balleux turns the media environment to which we are all subjected daily into diverse artistic proposals, all of which rely on one invariable act: assembling miscellaneous images from films, press clippings, magazines, personal photographs, etc. into an artistic corpus where the construction of images through painting is turned into an existential metaphor. Stephan Balleux lives and works in Brussels.

The drawings of Denitsa Todorova are made up of different layers, like paintings. However, while a painter may try to suppress one layer with the other, Todorova aims to reveal by subtly removing parts of different graphite layers. The artist seems to sweep clean a painted window to let more and more light into the space of the viewer, making her drawing an access point to sunlight. What Todorova effectively portrays is both abstract and emotional. Her drawings are inspired, not by specific feelings, but a subjective investigation into the meaning of concepts such as “endlessness” or metaphysical queries.

Denitsa Todorova
Marble Skin
, 2020
Graphite on paper
150 x 120 cm

Denitsa Todorova
Hide, 2020
Graphite on paper
120 x 100 cm

Stephan Balleux
The Waterfall
, 2019
Acrylic on canvas
170 x 240 cm x 2

Stephan Balleux
Opératoire
, 2016
Watercolour on paper
20 x 20 cm

Denitsa Todorova
Murky Water, 2020
Graphite and pastel on paper
230 x 190 cm

Denitsa Todorova
Fireworks, 2020
Graphite on paper
230 x 190 cm

Stephan Balleux
Mother Chignon, 2015
Watercolour on arches
39 x 50 cm

Stephan Balleux
Magnified, 2017
Watercolour on paper
110 x 170 cm

Denitsa Todorova
Marble Foam 1
, 2020
Graphite on paper
28 x 35 cm

Denitsa Todorova
Marble Foam 2
, 2020
Graphite on paper
28 x 35 cm

Stephan Balleux
Internal, 2017
Oil on canvas
60 x 90 cm

Stephan Balleux
External, 2017
Oil on canvas
60 x 90 cm

Denitsa Todorova
Veins 2
, 2020
Graphite on paper
19 x 23 cm

Denitsa Todorova
Veins 3
, 2020
Graphite and pastel on paper
18 x 23 cm

Stephan Balleux
Dark Room (The Mirror 8), 2017
Watercolour on found document
36 x 27 cm

Stephan Balleux
Dark Room (The Mirror 5), 2017
Watercolour on found document
36 x 27 cm

Denitsa Todorova
Tideway, 2020
Graphite on paper
94 x 75 cm

Stephan Balleux
Ars Memoriae (l’Invitation #008), 2020
Gouache on vintage found document
44 x 32 cm