Work by Nikolay Milushev
September 2 – October 29, 2011
Painted Bride Art Center Café Gallery
230 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA
First Friday receptions: September 2 and October 7, 5 – 7 pm
InLiquid presents HOPE FOR A BETTER WORLD work by Nikolay Milushev at the Painted Bride. The exhibition will be on view from September 2 through October 29. There will be a reception for the artist on First Friday, September 2, 2011 from 5 to 7 pm, and an additional reception on October 7, 2011 from 5 to 7 pm.
HOPE FOR A BETTER WORLD features selections from Milushev’s past two collections, Virtual Millennium and World in Distress. In his unique and often chaotic style, Milushev creates complex, large-scale works that boldly comment on sociopolitical issues across the globe. Each piece paints a fantastical, surreal visual retort to pop culture and media consumption. Pulling from an extensive pool of influences and iconography, he references the Low Brow Movement, the video game industry and a certain instinctual viciousness active in our media and society. Most of all, he is intrigued by human nature itself, his work standing as a personal platform for commentary and criticism in referencing these societal observations. This collective body of work intends to shine light on hope itself, reminding us of its glistening possibilities that exist even within times of despair. Milushev inspires hope for our personal development as human beings, hope for our environment and, overall hope for our survival as a species.
Nikolay Milushev, originally from Haskovo, Bulgaria, has paved his way as a conceptual painter who drawing aesthetic inspiration from American pop art and surrealist movements. In 2001 he moved to the United States to study at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, followed by participation in exhibitions across the United States in addition to Europe and South America. Milushev currently lives and works in Philadelphia.
The public hours for the Painted Bride Café Gallery are noon – 6 pm, Tuesday – Saturday, and until 7 pm on the First Friday of each month.