Iva Gueorguieva: Spill/Frame

Iva Gueorguieva, Seated Woman: 1974, 2013, acrylic, collage, and oil stick on li
Iva Gueorguieva, Seated Woman: 1974, 2013, acrylic, collage, and oil stick on linen, 70 x 41 inches (courtesy of ACME Los Angeles)

Ezrha Jean Black reviews the recent exhibition Iva Gueorguieva: Spill/Frame at ACME, Los Angeles.

Black writes that the show title, Spill/Frame "seemed almost a naked admission of its strategies and ambition with a concomitant risk of crashing, careening failure. In almost all of the works on view there was both a willful, self-imposed notion of the edge or, especially as elaborated in the relief-constructions, the frame, the box, the armature, machinery, as well as the sense of a flow, falling away or threatened breach of that frame or edge... What in its totality might appear a galvanic fury of lines, notional designs or geometric configurations, revealed a precise choreography of separately painted collaged segments of canvas or linen, slotted into the 'machinery.' There should be no confusing it with gestural abstraction. This is really a revival of Cubist (or even Futurist) conventions by other means to other ends—those ends having less to do with illusionistic space than with illusionistic time."

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