Struga will work within the existing architecture to create a new experience for the passer-by, the visitors, and city officials who work in the Brooklyn Borough Hall. Struga is an installation aiming to create a dialog about place. With the constant connection through social media and technology, our lives have become more public. There is a larger social awareness and we demand more of the spaces we inhabit, asking them to function in more than purely utilitarian ways.
The Brooklyn Borough Hall area is an exciting public space where people meet up, have lunch, buy produce, or simply pass by. The location is the crossroads of popular Brooklyn neighborhoods. The curtains of Struga aim to create a conversation about “place”, exploring the notion of bringing the interior to the exterior, and transporting us all from our private lives within, to the grander public stage we perform. Whether Instagram-ing a selfie, enjoying some tea, or just having a break before one has to go back to the office, Struga will provide strong presence and will be experienced by more than 40,000 people over the course of a month.
In the next few months I will be working with engineers, city officials, and friends to realize my project. Previous conversations have led to a revised version of Struga which is still being conceptualized and approved. All contributions will go toward materials, engineering, production, and logistics.
Struga is a sponsored project of NYFA, a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organization.
Kaloyan Ivanov a.k.a. K was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. He moved to Daytona Beach, FL in 1998 with his mother and sister. Kaloyan received an AA Degree in Visual Studies from Daytona State College in 2006 and a BFA in Painting from Pratt Institute in 2009. Currently Kaloyan lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. His artistic endeavors draw inspiration from a diverse array of constructs such “the Void” and “the Other”, all of which mature into a continuous exploration of the negative space through performance art and painting.