Thea Djordjadze (b. 1971, Georgia) lives and works in Cologne. The artist studied under Rosemarie Trockel and has a growing reputation within Europe as an important emerging voice within contemporary sculptural practice. Previous exhibitions and projects include History of an Encounter, Micky Schubert, Berlin (2007); Mondi Possibili, Sprueth Magers, Cologne (2007 and 2006); Modus, Neue Kunst Halle, St Gallen (2006); Pampel, Mohr-Villa, Marienplatz, Munich (offsite project) (2006); 7, Sprueth Magers Lee, London (2006); Play, Stadtmuseum Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf (2005) and Zero Gravity, Kunstverein Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf (2001). Djordjadze was also a founding member of the collective hobbypopMUSEUM. The artist is represented by Sprueth Magers, Munich/Cologne/London and Micky Schubert, Berlin.
A new commission by the Cologne-based artist Thea Djordjadze, her first solo exhibition in the United Kingdom. These new works were produced during an onsite residency at Studio Voltaire, in partnership with the Goethe-Institut, London.
Djordjadze’s working method draws from literature and music as well as art historical references from early Modernism and Surrealism. This is combined with a strong sense of process and an awareness of the potential authority and phenomenology of the art object. Often working with every day and found materials such as fabric, glass, wood, metal and ceramics, the artist typically makes small to medium scale organic constructions that combine an almost ‘Beuysian’ shamanistic or ritualistic use of materials with the formalism of early modernist sculptural objects. Drawing on Surrealist juxtapositions of everyday objects and the narrative conceit of a shamanistic presentation of materials, the resulting works are psychologically effecting and uncomfortable.
In collaboration with the Goethe-Institut, London and supported by The Henry Moore Foundation.
Thea Djordjadze, Possibility, Nansen, 2007. Installation View, Studio Voltaire, London. Courtesy of the artist and Studio Voltaire, London.