From the catalogue "The Edge ideal". Sariev Gallery, 2012 Article by Katrin Sarieva
Founded at the end of 1989, the “Edge” group is a phenomenon in Plovdiv’s artistic life and an emblem of contemporary Bulgarian art from the 90’s, called “non-conventional.” The group was founded by Plovdiv artists, some of whom with an established creative biography so far and a remarkable participation in the “non-conventional” art activity of the second half of the 80’s. […] The art critic Dimitar Grozdanov plays an important role in the creative development of the group, and the gallery owner Stefan Akrabov—in their realization. When “The Edge” was created, Plovdiv was known as a “city of artists,” mythologically and ritually inhabited by Dimitar Kirov, Georgi Bozhilov—the Elephant, Encho Pironkov. The famous “Plovdiv group” in the 60’s blew up the socialist aesthetics, going beyond the imposed conjuncture, but within the canvas and as an artistic individual gesture, not as a collective revolt against the situated ideology. Herein lies the difference between the two Plovdiv phenomena. “The Edge” is born during the crucial 1989 with its political and creative euphoria, with the intoxication of the “happening” and the performance, with the rejection of the socialist guild both as an expressed language and as a norm. The carnival, the playfulness, the poster-like elements carry the stylistic language of freedom during the first rallies with their inherent collective sharing. This makes the appearance of the “Edge” group in the Plovdiv context different from the heroic-revivalist perception of the artist with their unique aura.