Popiashvili Gvaberidze Window Project is pleased to present New York-based Alina Bliumis’s new series of objects along with three Georgian painters: Levan Chelidze, Goga Maglakelidze, and Giorgi Qochiashvili at Vienna Contemporary 2017.
All works in Imaginary Gardens appear to be part of fantasy landscape created by these artists: Bliumis’s birds are “freed” from the passport covers of different countries, Levan Chelidze’s goat-unicorn has one turquoise eye, Goga Maglakelidze’s palm trees shimmer like mirages and Giorgi Qochiashvili paints invented subtropical vegetation in his large scale paintings.
EVENT_Magda Gvelesiani- Swimming Pool
May 9 - July 22, 2017
Popiashvili Gvaberidze Window Project is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of Berlin-based Georgian artist, Magda Gvelesiani. The exhibition is titled “Swimming Pool” and includes series of eighteen small-sized paintings. These works are done in an unusual material for painting – plasticine. Plasticine traditionally is used for making reliefs and small sculptures. According to the artist, her use of plasticine better conveys the concept of the swimming pool - water trapped in an architectural firm. Flexibility and transformation are qualities of plasticine that perfectly illustrate the theme of these works.
Magda Gvelesiani graduated from Tbilisi State Academy of Arts. From 2013 she lives and works in Berlin.
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.
Address: Rustaveli Avenue 37/ 3rd floor
(Melik Azariants building)