Alexander Lazarkov (b. 1999, based in Sofia) graduated from the National School of Fine Arts Sofia in 2018. After that he continued studying in the National academy of art in Sofia. In 2021 he participates at the Erasmus program, studying in Bilbao, Spain for 6 months. Following in 2022 he received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts.
From 2017 to 2022 he has participated in more than 30 group exhibitions both in Bulgaria and abroad. In 2021 he was nominated for the BAZA Award. The same year it was his first solo show in Sofia. From then on, he had seven solo exhibitions in Sofia. In 2022 he was also nominated for the Stoyan Kambarev Award.
His themes and works are usually connected to contemporary contexts, represented in different medias as installation, objects, painting etc. Most commonly there is significant presence of natural elements and principles implemented in his works. He uses physics, chemistry and biology often, to make analogy and express observatory thinking about our fast and moving life.
Mechanism of hierarchy, 2021.
- Material: Ceramic
- Width: 50.00 cm Height: 60.00 cm Depth: 40.00 cm
- Property of: Universidad del pais Vasco
- Description: Йерархията разбива естествеността, унищожава красотата. Съсредоточени само върху това да се изкачим на върха на пирамидалната система, ние не осъзнаваме, че дори и да сме на върха, все още сме чаша, която някой друг използва, за да си налее течност.
Portrait attraction, 2021.
- Material: magnets and metal dust
- Width: 16.00 cm Height: 25.00 cm Depth: 2.00 cm
- Property of: Частна колекиц
- Description: In this work I used magnets and metal dust to visualize the attraction of the particles at the poles of the magnets. I associate this attraction with the attraction of our gaze and consciousness by the objects and images we often see in a given frame. In this type of frames are often placed photos of loved ones. We do not realize, but in the presence of such a picture around us, our eyes are very often attracted and our consciousness is distracted. Because of the familiar visual information, our brains associate the faces with the event and time in the picture, and we often unwillingly find ourselves in a moment where we are not.
- Material: Steel, clockwork mechanisms
- Width: 200.00 cm Height: 150.00 cm Depth: 45.00 cm
- Property of: Private collection
- Description: This work was part of the exhibition "Objects of heaviness" at Little bird place gallery.
- References: Little bird place
Refraction 4, 2022.
- Width: 80.00 cm Height: 110.00 cm Depth: 10.00 cm
- Property of: Private collection
- Description: The series Refraction, are works based on the refraction of light, which refers to the dynamic of our life and surroundings. The spectrum and all colours are analogies with the way we understand, perceive, and interpret things. Prisms are symbol of the individual way everybody looks to things.
Critical mass stage 2 - critically neutral, 2022.
- Material: Phosphorescent watеr, metal construction, electric pumps, stones, uv lights
- Width: 40.00 cm Height: 190.00 cm Depth: 40.00 cm
- Description: This work is made using the different elements from the design and function of a nuclear head. The stages of the critical mass are three and the works are visualizing them. Positive-when the reaction is limited, neutral when the state of matter is uncertain, and the mass is liquid, and negative when the reaction continues, triggering other reactions. Critical mass is a term used in nuclear physics and is the main component of the nuclear chain reaction and nuclear weapons.
The world today is a witness to cruel actions, frustration, and instability. They are all born because of the threat that this critical mass can trigger much bigger reactions.
But in reality, I see the analogy of the whole chain reaction and critical mass with us as a society with our actions and our herd instinct. I see how everything can happen and cannot happen because of us. So even if we don’t think that something done is significant, we should have in mind, that we are the truly critical mass and decide to continue or to stop the chain reaction.