Ghent SMAK exhibit, the conceptual Bulgarian artist Nedko Solakov

GHENT,  May 1, 2012:
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Big on our list of must-sees in Ghent was SMAK, the museum of contemporary art. I had been really looking forward to this but when we finally got there (our passage frequently blocked by May Day parades and work stoppages) the entire museum seemed to be devoted to only one artist, Nedko Solakov, a Bulgarian conceptual artist.

Ghent SMAK exhibit featuring Bulgarian artist Nedko Solakov

Ghent SMAK exhibit featuring Bulgarian artist Nedko Solakov

At first I wasn’t too impressed but his work really grew on me and by the end I was full of inspiration and ideas. One of his many fascinations that fascinated me was annotated garbage, containing tiny stories in amongst the photos of torn plastic and debris.

annotated garbage at SMAK in Ghent
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By odd coincidence I ran into one of the the first garbage ‘scenes’ that I had seen in Belgium the night before, and it was so out of place in this tidy country I actually took a photo of it. Now I’m thinking maybe I should annotate it!

my garbage at night in Ghent photo

my garbage at night in Ghent photo – no idea why I took this photo but now I’m think I should annotate it!

my journal on SMAK

even my journal entry about SMAK seems to be influenced by his work. The bit on the bottom about cross-purposes refers to the room below, where one painter is painting the black wall white while across the room another is painting the white wall black…

SMAK endless work

SMAK endless work

more thought-provoking art

more thought-provoking art

the museum goer at SMAK featuring the work of Bulgarian artist (Ghent, Belgium)

For more about Nedko Solakov’s work, see:

http://www.google.ca/search?q=nedko+solakov&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=89LDUdnUGKepiAKymIHoDw&ved=0CEwQsAQ&biw=1379&bih=935

Our trip was roughly based on the Beer Route through Belgium, and here it is so far:
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