West London Projects

Previously Exhibited


Westlondonprojects is delighted to present a solo exhibition by Thea Djordjadze. The Berlin based, Georgian born artist will create an installation for the space consisting of existing sculptures combined with different objects and materials. Employing her specific artistic practice the installation will take on its completed form during the actual setting up process.

The artist’s working method draws from literature and music as well as certain art historical references from early Modernism, in particularly Surrealism. This is combined with a strong sense of process and an awareness of the potential authority and phenomenology of the art object. She typically produces small to medium scale amorphic constructions, which are often supported by and within more formal elements and structures. Often working with everyday materials such as plaster, wood, textiles, wire and linoleum, there is a particular sense of the domestic realm. This feeling is heightened by the use of found objects (for example carpets and lamps) and the more formal components that often act as makeshift shelf, table or wall.

These hybrid constructions can be elusive and slippery; they combine an almost ‘Beuysian’ shamanistic or ritualistic use of materials and the literalism found within some minimalist works - especially within the more formal elements of the work. Drawing on the tropes of Surrealist juxtaposition of everyday objects and the narrative conceit of the aura of shamanistic presentation of materials, the resulting works are psychologically effecting and uncomfortable.

Djordjadze’s assemblages suggest narratives and personal recollections but refute resolution. Many of the materials and objects used within the works have sensory and suggestive powers, such as the exotic rugs. It is difficult to ignore our own individual experiences of them and what these cultural objects connote - otherness, status and value. However, this starts to get closed down or at least muffled by the confines of the gallery space. We have the opportunity to see and experience its physicality, the pure object.

Joe Scotland. Studio Voltaire, London

Artists


Thea Djordjadze Biography

Born 1971 in Tbilisi, Georgia
Lives & works in Berlin

Education
2001
Peter-Mertes-Stipendium, Bonn

2000
Meisterschülerin of Prof. Rosemarie Trockel

1998-2001
studied with Prof. Rosemarie Trockel

1995-1997
studied with Prof. Dieter Krieg

1994-2001
Kunstakademie Düsseldorf

1993-1994
Gerrit Rietveld Akademie, Amsterdam

1988-1993
Kunstakademie Tbilisi, Diplom

Solo Exhibitions

2009
Occasional Exercise, Micky Schubert, Berlin
Thea Djordjadze, westlondonprojects, London
Explain away, Sprüth Magers, Berlin
Endless Enclosure, Kunsthalle Basel

2008
Sprüth Magers, Köln
Kunstverein Nürnberg
Un soir, j'ai assis la beauté sur mes genoux. And I found her bitter and i hurt her, with Rosemarie Trockel , SprüthMagers, Munich

2007
History of an Encounter, Galerie Micky Schubert, Berlin
Possibility Nansen, Studio Voltaire, London

2003
Fröhliche Wissenschaft, Brandenburgischer Kunstverein, Potsdam

Group EXHIBITIONS

2009
Your Gold Teeth II, Marianne Boesky, New York
Remote Memories, Kai 10, Raum für Kunst, Düsseldorf
In May (After October), Gallery TPW, Toronto
Arrival Inside, Mary Mary, Glasgow
Kunstpreis der Böttcherstraße in Bremen
Vom gehen in viele Richtungen, KIT, Kunst im Tunnel, Düsseldorf
All that is Solid Melts into Air, De Garage, Mechelen

2008
Transformational Grammars, Francesca Kaufmann, Milan
After October, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York
Art Berlin Contemporary, Berlin
On Interchange, Museum Kurhaus Kleve
When Things Cast No Shadow, 5th Berlin Biennale

2007
Élégance, Kölnischer Kunstverein
9. Biennale de Lyon 2007
And I found her bitter and i hurt her, Sprüth Magers, London
Mondi Possibili, Monika Sprüth, Köln
Karma International, Zürich

2006
Mondi Possibili, Monika Sprüth, Köln
modus, Kunsthalle St. Gallen (K)
experimence in pop, Paul Klee Zentrum, Bern (K)

2005
7, Sprüth Magers Lee, London
Play, Stadtmuseum Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany
I will, Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf Theaterprojekt im Rahmen der Ausstellung, Düsseldorf, Germany

Works


Selected works from the exhibition

Thea Djordjadze
Courtesy Sprueth Magers
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Thea Djordjadze