Text by Nadya GenovaEdge Group The Ideal
After the first two appearances of the Edge Group, which conveyed the enthusiasm and revolutionary pathos of the street and made sense of the political and ideological accents of the time, the Edges carry out projects with a different direction of meaning. The euphoria of breaking with the totalitarian past begins to subside, especially after the many examples that change cannot be quick and that in the actions of the contemporaries there is more destructive passion than creation. The group's sixth consecutive project is called “The Ideal”. For the Еdges, the Ideal is not a pretence, they do not seek the creation of “perfect” objects, but for them it is necessary to objectify the Ideal.
See video from the project
RuB - BNT1, a documentary film about the Edge group and the Ideal exhibition
The beginning is set with the construction of an eightwalled structure that isolates its own place in the gallery space. It forms an arena for the action where the Edges will work in front of an audience. The construction plan includes a narrow corridor which leads from the entrance of the building to the interior of the construction. Three marble stones are laid on the floor in the corridor, and there are words carved on each of them in ancient style: on the first one – “Time discovers”, on the second one – “Return again”, and on the third one – “The Tenth Day”. The joint decision for this multi-level performance is to use canvases. Ten primed white canvases are mounted on the walls of the construction. An opening with an audience is organized. The Edges, dressed in black suits, standing in front of the empty canvases, listen to the speech of the artist Nedko Solakov, who was invited to open the exhibition. The military airport near the city provides a truck with a powerful searchlight that illuminates the hall from the outside. The light marks the place of the “Ideal” in the evening city.