ARTisSpectrum Vol. 31, May 2014 - page 90

ARTisSpectrum | Volume 31 |
he creations of artist
Robert Kirov
delve deep into the subtexts and hidden meanings that underscore our modern
world. Stripped from their original contexts, the colors, lines, forms, and other subject material presented in Kirov’s work
are transformed into metaphors of the unknown, flying free from the origins and surroundings that would normally give
the viewer clues for interpretation. Rather than conferring loss of meaning, Kirov’s decontextualization process instead
imbues a hopeful reinterpretation that gives the viewer a whole new understanding of the complex world in which we
currently find ourselves.
As Kirov explains it, his work celebrates the liminal state or the “no place” through which images and events pass as
they transit from one context to the next, and the complete rejection of the cultural assimilation that results from each
context. In fact, the abstract nature of his work renders it ambivalent and thus resistant to any particular assignation of
meaning. Kirov describes this complexity and elusiveness of identity in compelling terms: “The paintings depict a sudden
familiarity within inexplicable circumstances, unintentional intersections… As these subjective experiences accumulate,
they become entangled and twisted. Roles shift, meld, and even reverse: the artificial becomes genuine, strident tensions
are accommodated, the subtle carries a loud voice, and the enigmatic is revealing.”
As an artist, there are no limitations on Kirov’s imagination or understanding of the unexplored levels of human
consciousness and experience. His work is intended to transcend cultural significance, to present a more universalistic
approach to the human psyche to which everyone can relate. In the end, Kirov’s creations have an uncanny ability to speak
to the viewer and to show us the true expanse and wonder of this boundless universe we all share.
Robert Kirov
Devil and Grandmother Mixed Media on Styrofoam 19.5” x 39.5” x 4”
Chicken Rib Mixed Media 10” x 8” x 8”
Robert in his Studio
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