3 September 2019

Second edition of Sariev+Markov sculpture projects

Dear friends,

We are happy to announce the second edition of Sariev + Markov sculpture projects - Fall 2019!

Sariev+Markov sculpture projects is a joint initiative of gallery Sariev Contemporary and Markovstudio, which aims, through various activities (residency, educational module consisting of artist talks and lectures, workshops, open doors studio, as well as exhibitions and collaborations with public institutions) to establish a field for creating and presenting sculptural projects for the public space, as well as an environment for discussion and development of such projects, in Bulgaria and abroad.

The first edition of the project was realized in February-March 2019 in Sofia, and the first resident artist was the French-Portuguese artist Wilfrid Almendra, selected for participation by Daria de Beauvais, Senior Curator, Palais de Tokyo, who visited Bulgaria at invitation of Sariev Gallery and gave a public lecture. As well as that, a public conversation with Wilfrid Almendra and a professional workshop for students and young artists led by him took place during the residency, and in June his project for sculpture in public space, created during the residency, was presented at Vaska Emanouilova Gallery. In September and October the completed sculpture will be exhibited at Vrana Park Museum, Sofia.

The second edition of the project will take place in Plovdiv in September and will feature the American artist L, whose exhibitions and projects have been presented at museum institutions and galleries in the USA and Europe, including Getty Museum, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles + Bucharest, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City. L was selected for participation by the Los Angeles-based curator, anthropologist and founding curator of Sariev + Markov sculpture projects Aaron Moulton, who has been creative director for Gagosian, Venus, Nicodim galleries in Los Angeles, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art and FEINOKST, Berlin.

The project is created in the frames of Sariev+Markov sculpture projects for Night/Plovdiv 2019 (13, 14 and 15 September), organized by Open Arts Foundation. The project is supported by American Embassy in Bulgaria and Arts Envoy.
More about Sariev + Markov sculpture projects here

More about the first edition of the initiative here


The second artist in Sariev+Markov Artist Residency is the American artist L, selected for participation by the American curator and anthropologist and founding curator of Sariev+Markov sculpture projects Aaron Moulton. The second edition of the Artist Residency is realized in August-September 2019 in Sofia and Plovdiv, with the support of the American Embassy in Bulgaria and Art Envoy.

L (b. 1984, Salt Lake City) is a starseed, alchemist, and healer with training and experience in numerous magical traditions and energy modalities. They recently co-founded a collective open-source spiritual community, A.S.T.R.A.L.O.R.A.C.L.E.S, that has presented exhibitions at and has active locations in San Francisco, Bucharest, and Los Angeles. The most recent incarnation appeared at Five Car Garage in January of this year. L has had solo exhibitions at Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City; Marlborough, New York; AND NOW, Dallas; Shoot the Lobster, Los Angeles; JOAN, Los Angeles; Martos Gallery, New York. Selected group exhibitions include Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills; Team Gallery, New York; Kerry Schuss, New York; CAPITAL, San Francisco; Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles + Bucharest; Venus over Los Angeles; Ellis King, Dublin; The LDS Church History and Art Museum, Salt Lake City; The Ghetto Biennale, Port-au-Prince. L’s work has been reviewed and written about in Frieze Magazine, Artforum, New Yorker Magazine, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Spike Quarterly among many others.


The Contemporary Art of Divination
Lecture by Aaron Moulton, Curator and Anthropologist, LA

4 September 2019, 6 pm
American Corner, Slaveikov Square №4A, Sofia
Free admission
The lecture will be in English

Curator and Anthropologist Aaron Moulton has spent the past decade invested in the purposing of art and context to understand different notions of spiritual awakening. In 2015 his research officially became a life-changing journey with the exhibition AMERICANAESOTERICA which occurred on September 11th in Plovdiv. His efforts have since resulted in various uses of the art context to exorcize and explore spiritual, energetic, pseudoscientific and conspiratorial phenomena latent within cultural language. For this talk he will discuss energetic moments of naming and misnaming that result in magical thinking and the triggers to reveal non-ordinary realities.

Aaron Moulton is based in Los Angeles and a founding curator for the Sariev+Markov sculpture projects. He has been the creative director for Gagosian, Venus, Nicodim (all Los Angeles), the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art and FEINOKST, Berlin. His practice uses a unique anthropological method to perform experiments in perception that reveal cultural truths. His work mediating the visual cultures and conditions of New Age communities, the Occult and pseudoscience has created a tactical use of context that has offered new insights into avant-gardes, energy systems, and the power of the placebo effect. His current research is exploring the holistic power of revelation found in disinformation campaigns, folklore and magical thinking.

Watch video documentation of the lecture here


A.S.T.R.A.L.O.R.A.C.L.E.S Interdimensional Ritual at Plovdiv Roman Stadium

Friday 13 September, Plovdiv Roman Stadium
Seating / doors open at 6:35 pm
Ritual begins promptly at 7:35 pm / Sunset
Approximately 44.40 min duration
A.S.T.R.A.L.O.R.A.C.L.E.S, an open source community dedicated to the full frequency alignment of astral and terrestrial body, will transform the Plovdiv Roman Stadium into a temple for channeling eleven dimensions of the pluralverse in a ritual utilizing their ceremonial objects, embroidered ritual vestments, and frequency aligned scents and elixirs. The ritual will activate the senses in order to create alignment for the oracles and visitors to achieve a collective state of oneness. The oracles will divine messages from beings of their dimensions and transmit them to all who are in attendance. 
Oracles + ritual participants: Aaron Moulton + L + Vesselina Sarieva + Others
Ritual objects: L
Embroidered vestments: Rachel Blomgren + L
Frequency aligned scents: Christopher Gordon + Maison Anonyme
Music of the spheres: Michael Thibault 
Frequencial flower essences: Olga Nesvetaylov
Ritual jewelry: Tara Benmeleh + Espiritutara + L
DNA activated hair: Daniel Moon


L in conversation
Artist talk with L, second resident artist, Salt Lake City, USA

14 September 2019, 6 pm
FLUCA – Austrian cultural pavilion, 38 Otets Paisiy str., Plovdiv
Free admission
The talk will be in English

In a public conversation, curator Aaron Moulton and Oracle L will discuss the history and practice of A.S.T.R.A.L.O.R.A.C.L.E.S and its mission in Bulgaria, including the ritual they organized on the previous evening. They will also share a film they created that highlights the open-source organization's activities over the past two years.