To geometry, with love
Artist Hristo Haralampiev exhibits easel sculpture and drawings in Sofia
19 May, 2012
Geometry as an inspiration to create artworks or all this in the making is what a visitor can see at the Rakursi Gallery in Sofia. Here artist Hristo Haralampiev unveiled his exhibition of easel sculpture made of ceramics and steel and pastel crayon drawings. He titled the show Segments."In geometry, a segment is an unclosed curve. The parts of the ceramic figures are of different pieces, suggesting the idea of such a curve. These are not closed," the artist elaborates in an almost scientific manner. He was born in 1953 in Sofia; graduated in Sculpture from the National Academy of Fine Arts in the class of Prof. Velichko Minekov. He took part in a number of exhibitions and sculpture symposia both here and abroad. In the period 1999-2004 he was president of the Union of Bulgarian Artists. Presently, he lectures in drawing and moulding at the Architecture Department of the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy. His play with geometry seems unexpected just on the face of it. "Paradoxical as it may sound, mathematics is what gets drawing closer to science. I mean the manner of drawing which explores space," the sculptor elaborates, dispelling the myth of an artist with his beret askew, with a girl and a bottle of wine at his hand, dismissing any such talk with, "What has exact science got to do with it!" Haralampiev says: "I have always been good at math in the context of a man of art education. But for my lectures in drawing I went deep into geometry. I had to get all the perspective, which artists learn rather intuitively, theoretically grounded," he expounded.In his exposition he seeks in the eleven figurines of men and women to find an explanation of the whole, segmenting it into parts. "A figure ought not to suggest itself, regardless of whether it was a man or a woman. It was just a starting point, a pretext to explore the segmentation of space," Hristo Haralampiev says.Some of the ceramic compositions are made of identical elements, cast in the same mould. The distinction comes as a result of combinations and honing.The dozen or so pastel crayon drawings also feature disassembling of human body to the utmost.
Some of the ceramic figurines are made of the same elements.
Photo: Boiko Kichukov
The exposition features a dozen of large-size drawings.