EVENT_Like Boxers Who Never Went Into The Ring
"Like Boxers Who Never Went Into The Ring"
February 10 – May 6, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, February 10th, 7-8 PM
Address: Rustaveli Ave. 37
Popiashvili Gvaberidze Window Project is pleased to present Berlin-based Georgian artist, Vajiko Chachkhiani, with an installation titled Like Boxers Who Never Went Into The Ring.
The installation is a family portrait of seven heads cast in concrete.
An artist’s request pieces of obscure building’s foundation were ground, processed, and mixed with concrete to cast the seven portraits. However, the faces of concrete heads are sliced off making it impossible to identify them. The erased facial features transform the family portrait into a universal, abstract family portrait.
The visual starkness of cast concrete heads and erased facial features is a strong and disturbing commentary on family portraits. Emphasizing the significance of family, the notion of the family portrait and the family’s influence on an individual’s psychological and personal formation
According to the artist this piece is about education in a wider historical, social, and political sense. It is about the role that family plays in an individual’s development of knowledge. Family and parents’ experience serves as an inherited knowledge, its historical significance, and its influence on the path one takes in life and psychological configuration.
EVENT_Tezi Gabunia #putyourheadintogallery /Vienna
Tezi Gabunia #putyourheadintogallery /Vienna Contemporary/ E25
Popiashvili Gvaberidze Window Project is pleased to present Put Your Head into Gallery, an interactive art-project by Tezi Gabunia. Three analogical models of famous exhibition spaces: Tate and Louvre museums and Gagosian Gallery will be displayed on pedestals, filled with false exhibitions, at the Vienna Contemporary. The visitors are invited to put their heads into gallery mockups and take photos. The project expands in virtual space when -per artist’s request-people post their photos online in various Social Networks indicating #putyourheadintogallery, enabling Gabunia’s project to engage a large audience in a short time.
His work asks the institutional critique whether everything that enters into the gallery becomes an exhibit. On the other hand, this concept erases the distance and borders between audience, art, and museums. According to the artist, the models also have an advantage in these museums: there is no need to go to The Louvre, the models that the artists made are mobile and can travel anywhere. Tezi Gabunia connects dreams with reality. There were two single-day exhibition/happenings at TBC Gallery and MUA offices in Tbilisi, and subsequently PutYour Head into Gallery was highly recognized in the local and international media.
#putyourheadintogallery was created in order to “illustrate” the artist’s main concept of falsification into the objective world. In this case, the model is presented as a virtual message.
#putyourheadintogallery reflects the museum and gallery spaces as well as the context they create. It is important to note that Gabunia comes from a country that does not have a museum of contemporary art. His reflection on the subject is therefore defined by where he comes from both Geographically and generationally. Tezi Gabunia is a young Georgian artist based in Tbilisi, Georgia. He holds a degree in Architecture. His work focuses mainly on contemporary cultural issues. He is a co-founder and a key member of the artists' collective CopyPaste.
Thanks to TBC Bank for continuing support of the project.
EVENT_Levan Chelidze "still lifes"
Levan Chelidze "Still lifes"
May 23 – July 25, 2016
Opening reception: Monday, May 23th, 7- 8:30 PM
Popiashvili Gvaberidze Window Project is pleased to present Levan Chelidze's solo exhibition at Rustaveli Avenue 37, 3rd floor.
The exhibition includes two series of still lifes: paintings of flowers, sometimes of single red roses and still lifes of ewers and pestles on the background of Caucasian carpets. Ewer and pestle are reoccurring objects in Levan Chelidze's paintings. The artist refers to these series as "old still lifes" referencing countless still lifes that the art students had to paint during their apprenticeship.
A combination of fresh colorful flowers with paintings of broken pestles and rusty ewers underlines the sadness of these works. The ephemeral beauty of fresh flowers is juxtaposed to the half split image of broken pestle, which invariably brings to mind vanitas.
Levan Chelidze participated in several group exhibitions and had a solo exhibition at Popiashvili Gvaberidze Window Project's Chavchavadze street location in 2014.
EVENT_Fire Walk With Me
Olaf Nicolai "Fire Walk With Me"
May 17 – August 25, 2016
Opening: Tuesday, May 17th, 8-11 PM
Popiashvili Gvaberidze Window Project is pleased to present Olaf Nicolai’s installation “Fire Walk With Me” in collaboration with the Sou festival at Café Iveria windows.
Olaf Nicolai’s piece is a site-specific mural with a neon sign that the artist conceived and created for this location. The striped mural imitates the specific technique of Iris printing, Nicolai continues and expands his research into the “politics of forms” and into the significance of the sensual for political statements. Iris printing, rarely used today, was often applied for political flyers in the sixties and seventies, combining the technique’s glamour with the politics of that time. The neon sign displayed on a striped background resembles flags that have passed here.
The neon text harkens back to David Lynch’s 1992 “Twin Peaks. Fire Walk With Me” TV series turned into a film. In Nicolai’s piece the text, Fire Walk With Me, is set in a circle and it can be read in several variations: fire walk with me, walk with my fire, with me firewalk, me fire walk with, etc. Circular neon text leaves it to the viewer which way one will be reading it. The mural is references rainbow without using actual rainbow colors which brings us to the subtitle of Nicolai’s piece: May 17, 2013, the date of the opening of this piece, as well as a date of infamous parade bashing in Tbilisi.
EVENT_Giorgi Okropiridze #sovietcarblue
Popiashvili Gvaberidze Window Project is pleased to present Vienna based Georgian artist, Giorgi Okropiridze's new series of works #sovietcarblue. The metal sculptures displayed in Cafe Iveria on Rose Revolution Square are assembled from old soviet car details. The artist creates new metal paintings using the original soviet blue car details he found on the Eliava market. The artist searched and acquired Gaz 21 and Lada car details at the market.
EVENT_"Approximate" -21st Century Georgian Artists
November 21- December 19
Opening November 21 at 1 pm
"Approximate" is the first show in a series of exhibitions titled "21st Century Georgian Artists" that Popiashvili Gvaberidze Window Project is starting this fall.
These series are focused on presenting Georgian artists, under the age of 40, whose work is unknown to the general public. Exhibitions will serve as an opportunity to view the work and define the visual and conceptual characteristics of these artists.
The title of the show "Approximate" is taken from Nino Sekhniashvili's solo project that is presented in a smaller space with two lightboxes and a video installation. "Approximate" includes the works in different media.
The address of the gallery: Rustaveli 37, third floor
EVENT_Charity Exhibition and GolaDamian's Showroom
Saturday, July 18th, 2- 7 PM, Popiashvili Gvaberidze Window Project is presenting a one-day charity exhibition to support young Georgian artists Ana Jika and Gvanca Jishkariani.
Ana Jika was accepted at Dusseldorf Art Academy and Gvanca Jishkariani received a residency at C.R.E.T.A. artist residency in Rome, Italy. Profits from the sales will be used to cover Ana and Gvanca’s travel and tuition costs.
It is common in Tbilisi that artists are asked to donate works for different charities. In this case, the young artists need our support!
Popiashvili Gvaberidze Window Project will present Ana Jikia’s and Gvanca Jishkariani’s work in the large exhibition room at Rustaveli 37, while in the small space will be presented the works of young Georgian artists who have donated works to support their peers.
The works in the charity exhibition are priced from 100 GEL to 1000 GEL.
We are looking forward to seeing you on the 18th.
Popiashvili Gvaberidze Window Project and O, Moda, Moda present customized, one-of-a-kind furniture and casework, as well as unique technical lighting pieces, botanical prints, and artworks.
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LOW LOWS TO HIGH HIGHS
“LOW LOWS TO HIGH HIGHS”
Window Project gallery presents group exhibition "LOW LOWS TO HIGH HIGHS" curated by Domenico de Chirico
Opening reception 26 August 7 pm
Artists: Anano Janashia, Alexey Dubinsky, Andro Semeiko, Giorgi Geladze, Levan Chelidze, Rusudan Khizanishvili, Tato Akhalkatsishvili, Vato Bakradze
“What is below is equal to what is above; and what is above is the same as what is below, to perform the wonders of the one thing”: these words, elaborated and handed down by Ermete Trismegisto, a legendary figure of the pre-classical age revered as a master of wisdom, are undoubtedly the key to the so-called hermetic philosophy. They pass on the message that everywhere in the universe, above and below and vice versa, “in heaven and on earth”, both in the macrocosm and in the microcosm, at every level of manifestation, the same laws reign. This expression allows us to limit our research and observations to the field accessible to us, to then transfer by analogy the experiences made to other areas that are not practicable. This immediate and motivating analogical thinking allows man to empathically learn to understand the whole universe.
The hermetic doctrine thus determines a silent revolution in the science of those times and prepares to adopt an empirical approach inspired by the magic-alchemical tradition. “Low lows to high highs” metaphorically follows this precept and is composed as follows:
Anano Janashia uses painting as her main means of expression, experimenting with both natural and chemical materials, as well as oil, pigments and ink. Her work process often turns into “birth” by increasing the direct physical contact with the materials and the canvas itself, imprinting her DNA, thus channeling her spiritual and corporal essence on the canvas. Her final intent is to eliminate any limit in relation to the canvas, creating space for the absolute display of instinct and sensitivity.
Aleksey Dubinsky focuses his attention on everyday life, an ordinary life made of small and inconspicuous details: flowers, people, cars, houses and everything that turns out to be simple, sincere, very dear and close. It is a sort of subjective cinema that aims to analyze the functioning of fantasy and its effects on the status quo.
Andro Semeiko explores in his practice ways of constructing stories on multiple levels by composing pictorial compositions that narrate or build a theatrical mise-en-scène. His main activity is painting and it is a process that expands in different disciplines and that allows him to constantly explore new approaches and concepts. When he works, Semeiko projects himself into the surrounding context and historical and architectural references often serve as a basis for his projects. He adopts performative, satirical and meta-imaginary methods used in literature and theater.
Giorgi Geladze, always interested in innovation and experiments in an attempt to synthesize different materials in pragmatic and conceptual contexts, focuses mainly on abstractions, considering each work as a manifestation of momentary originality and consciousness as a result of new perceptions. The observation of details and the revelation of the principles of nature are of the utmost importance for a human being who wishes to energetically reestablish the connection with himself, reestablish the dissonant broken links with nature and then merge with it.
Levan Chelidze paints a diverse and eclectic set of portraits, both of people and of animals, still lifes and landscapes of the Georgian region of Racha. In the era in which almost everyone has technological devices equipped with cameras, Chelidze still adopts a traditional approach and requires its subjects to sit and pose with the aim of masterfully capturing their essential characteristics. Chelidze also plays with perceptions, setting their “real” form on imaginary backgrounds. The subjects of his paintings are generally beautiful, fascinating and regal. His portraits may seem unfinished, and sometimes they really are. This gives his paintings a disarming honesty, making them more emotionally free and less formal.
Rusudan Khizanishvili gives birth to a rather emotional painting in which the colors correspond to her brain waves. Invite viewers to immerse themselves in multi-layered scenarios through her imaginary animals intended as symbolic "handles" between cultures, nations, history and identity. The daily routine is unquestionably immortalized in her paintings: human beings with their desires, fantastic animals, death and rebirth, masks, geometric elements, postcards, photographs, thoughts, ups and downs, among others, are the undisputed protagonists of her paintings.
Tato Akhalkatsishvili is confronted with moments of disconcerting unreality, uncertainty, pain, loneliness, nostalgia, genetically accumulated experiences, search for the transcendent, hope for the mysterious future, unconscious emotions of childhood, changes and empathy: these are indelible components of human life that he transforms into visual metaphors. The landscape, a constant element of his works, acts as a stage to reveal life with all its plots and mysteries.
Vato Bakradze creates by experimenting with different types of media such as painting, objects, collages, videos and photography. Through an intuitive and non-premeditated process, his works focus on experimenting with a variety of materials, in the search for themes close to him, in the observation, in the collection and in the fusion of multiform elements.