Vikenti Komitskiwas born 1983 in Sofia. He lives and works in Berlin. Vikenti is working in a wide variety of media, including objects, videos, installations, drawings etc. His works often relate to theory and psychoanalysis, sometimes in a critical or ironic way. Komitski graduated Sculpture in NAA in Sofia and is currently enlisted in a Master program (Art in Context) in Universität der Künste, Berlin.
For the past years he had numerous solo shows and participations in Europe and the US. Some of his solo shows are: “Nevermind The Gap” in gallery Joey Ramone, Rotterdam, “BASIC AND THE BEAST”, SARIEV Contemporary, Plovdiv (2017); “Update” in Krinzinger gallery, Vienna (2015), “Commodities Unplugged” in Sariev Project Space, Plovdiv (2014); “New Poor”, ICA, Sofia (2013); “Subjective Geography”, Sariev Contemporary, Plovdiv (2011); “1:200”, 0gms gallery, Sofia (2010); “No Image Available”, The Fridge, Sofia (2010), “#1”, Vaska Emanuilova Gallery, Sofia (2009).
Among the group shows he took part in are “World at a Crossroads”, National gallery of Iceland (2016); “Contemporary Icons; the art of spectacle”, 3rd Danube Biennial, Meulensteen Art Museum, Bratislava (2015); “Places of Transition”, Freiraum, Museumsquartier Vienna (2014); “Balkon Zum Balkan”, organized by kunsthalle Baden Baden, (2014); “Go West!”, Muzeon Art Park, Moscow, special project for Moscow Young Art Biennial (2012); “Is It Free?”, NutureArt Gallery, New York (2012); “Together Again”, Radiator Gallery, New York (2012); “East Of Best”, Roodkapje, Rotterdam (2011); “An Exclusive Object of Art”, Dana Charkasi Gallery, Vienna (2011); “Entrepot”, Krinzinger Gallery, Vienna (2011); “Beyond Credit”, Antrepo 5, Istanbul (2010); “FQ Test”, GMG Gallery, Moscow (2010); “Photo I Photo You”, Calvert 22, London (2010); “Breaking Walls Building Networks”, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki (2010); “From Ideology to Economy”, Contemporary Bulgarian Art 20 Years Later, The State Central Museum of Contemporary History of Russia, Moscow (2009). He was a resident artist at Quartier 21, Museums Quartier and in Krinzinger Projekte in 2014, Vienna, ISCP, New York in 2012, Futura, Prague in 2011 and SIM in Reykiavik in 2009. Komitski is the 2011 BAZA award winner.
Vikenti Komitski is represented by Sariev Contemporary since 2011.
The artistic work of Vikenti Komitski revolves around everyday objects whose context and meaning are analyzed, scrutinized and transferred into a different reality. Komitski changes the nature of objets trouvés as well as of specifically chosen commodity goods that refer to the reality from which they were taken and in which they were originally used. However, Komitski's use of ready-made principles is not only applied to objects but also to ideas.
- Walter Seidl
- Material: wood, metal, glass, lenticular print, metal handrail
- Width: 120.00 cm Height: 70.00 cm Depth: 20.00 cm
- Sizes: approx.
Who wants to live forever, 2010.
- Material: polyester tents
- Sizes: dimensions variable
- Description: edition 3+2AP
Object Nonchalant, 2017.
- Material: found objects, resin
- Width: 90.00 cm Height: 60.00 cm Depth: 60.00 cm
The Impossibility of Unemployment In The Mind Of Someone Working, 2013.
- Material: fish*, water, aquarium, water heater, pump
- Description: Cory Catfish are a breed of fish kept for cleaning the glass and water in the aquarium, they thus provide a kind of service to other fish and the aquatic milieu as such. The live Catfish in the aquarium is a full time worker. While referring to Damien Hirst's "The impossibility of Death in the mind of someone Living", the work sets a counterpoint to the metaphorical shark in formaldehyde and replaces the impossible double bind of "Death" and "Living" with "Unemployment" and "Working". Death and Unemployment, Living and Working thus become the two basic mutually exclusive couples, denoting the definition and value of the existence of working men in a capitalist society.
Me Myself & I, 2015.
- Material: selfie sticks
- Width: 105.00 cm Height: 105.00 cm Depth: 105.00 cm
- Description: Me Myself & I is an installation consisting of 3 selfie sticks arranged in a triangle. The work refers to the notion of the 'Self' in psychoanalytical terms, as a construct of It, Ego and Superego. The self-portrait was a genre in the arts for centuries, however reaching recently the status of a common praxis that everyone is engaged with on daily basis. The installation therefore is a comment on the device used to help producing the contemporary self.