Thea Djordjadze – Explain away, ე.ი. – Berlin

 

Thea Djordjadze
Explain away, ე.ი.
September 22–November 7, 2009
Berlin

Standing at the center of ‘Explain away, ე.ი.’ is a wooden construction, a space which may be viewed and entered, a house or the fragment of a house. A site where the ordered delineations between living and working, between private and public have been canceled. Arrangements of things both objective and non-objective, which receive every person with a relaxed easiness and equanimity, regardless of whether he attempts to decipher them or not. Delicate, amorphous forms made of clay, plaster or papier-mâché enter into contact with sketchy paintings and dysfunctional constructions which bear witness to a profound investigation of modernism.

 

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Djordjadze's installations are concentrated procedures of spatial investigation. The probing of actual conditions, the arranging and setting up of the works ushers them from the studio into the exhibition space. The visitor is confronted with an architecture which imbues the works assembled by the artist with the appeal of archaeological artifacts. Here abstraction requires a visual sensitivity for nuance. There arise elements and situations which link the detail to the whole. The material which she utilizes seems to give quiet assent to its transformation; it speaks through the form imparted to it and thereby becomes text.

Thea Djordjadze has entitled her exhibition ‘Explain away, ე.ი.'. The title implies making excuses, hedging at something: This is the reproach of a supposed objectivity, and with respect to it a hopeless undertaking. The Georgian letters ‘ე.ი.' may be translated as ‘i.e.’. They announce an explanation and refer to another linguistic space. The open position points towards the poetic field where the other can achieve its impact. Djordjadze's exhibition titles, in spite of their apparently enigmatic quality, are precise enticements of the viewer, invitations to a social game which takes place beyond language.

 

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Thea Djordjadze – Explain away, ე.ი. – Berlin
Thea Djordjadze
Explain away, ე.ი.
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 22–November 7, 2009

Thea Djordjadze
Explain away, ე.ი.
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 22–November 7, 2009
Photo: Jochen Arentzen

Thea Djordjadze – Explain away, ე.ი. – Berlin
Thea Djordjadze
Explain away, ე.ი.
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 22–November 7, 2009

Thea Djordjadze
Explain away, ე.ი.
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 22–November 7, 2009
Photo: Jochen Arentzen

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Thea Djordjadze – Explain away, ე.ი. – Berlin

Thea Djordjadze
Explain away, ე.ი.
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 22–November 7, 2009
Photo: Jochen Arentzen

Thea Djordjadze – Explain away, ე.ი. – Berlin

Thea Djordjadze
Explain away, ე.ი.
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 22–November 7, 2009
Photo: Jochen Arentzen

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Exhibited Works
Thea Djordjadze – Explain away, ე.ი. – Berlin
Thea Djordjadze
Explain away, ე.ი., 2009
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Thea Djordjadze
Explain away, ე.ი., 2009
Wood, hardboard, carpet, paint, clay, fabric
360 × 505 × 906 cm
141 3/4 × 198 3/4 × 356 3/4 inches

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Thea Djordjadze – Explain away, ე.ი. – Berlin
Thea Djordjadze
Explain away, ე.ი., 2009
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Thea Djordjadze
Explain away, ე.ი., 2009
leather, wood, steel, lacquer, carpet, ceramic
130 × 100 × 130 cm
51 1/4 × 39 1/2 × 51 1/4 inches

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Thea Djordjadze – Explain away, ე.ი. – Berlin
Thea Djordjadze
Explain away, ე.ი., 2009
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Thea Djordjadze
Explain away, ე.ი., 2009
Wood,carpet, ceramic, canvas
90 × 70 × 40 cm
35 1/2 × 27 1/2 × 15 3/4 inches

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Thea Djordjadze – Explain away, ე.ი. – Berlin

Thea Djordjadze
Explain away, ე.ი., 2009
Wood, hardboard, carpet, paint, clay, fabric
360 × 505 × 906 cm
141 3/4 × 198 3/4 × 356 3/4 inches

Thea Djordjadze
Explain away, ე.ი., 2009
Thea Djordjadze – Explain away, ე.ი. – Berlin
Thea Djordjadze – Explain away, ე.ი. – Berlin

Thea Djordjadze – Explain away, ე.ი. – Berlin
Thea Djordjadze – Explain away, ე.ი. – Berlin

Thea Djordjadze
Explain away, ე.ი., 2009 (detail)

Thea Djordjadze
Explain away, ე.ი., 2009
Thea Djordjadze – Explain away, ე.ი. – Berlin
Thea Djordjadze – Explain away, ე.ი. – Berlin

Thea Djordjadze
Explain away, ე.ი., 2009 (detail)

Thea Djordjadze
Explain away, ე.ი., 2009
Thea Djordjadze – Explain away, ე.ი. – Berlin
Thea Djordjadze – Explain away, ე.ი. – Berlin

Thea Djordjadze
Explain away, ე.ი., 2009 (detail)

Thea Djordjadze
Explain away, ე.ი., 2009
Thea Djordjadze – Explain away, ე.ი. – Berlin
Thea Djordjadze – Explain away, ე.ი. – Berlin

Thea Djordjadze
Explain away, ე.ი., 2009 (detail)

Thea Djordjadze
Explain away, ე.ი., 2009
Thea Djordjadze – Explain away, ე.ი. – Berlin

Thea Djordjadze
Explain away, ე.ი., 2009
leather, wood, steel, lacquer, carpet, ceramic
130 × 100 × 130 cm
51 1/4 × 39 1/2 × 51 1/4 inches

Thea Djordjadze
Explain away, ე.ი., 2009
Thea Djordjadze – Explain away, ე.ი. – Berlin
Thea Djordjadze – Explain away, ე.ი. – Berlin

Thea Djordjadze
Explain away, ე.ი., 2009 (detail)

Thea Djordjadze
Explain away, ე.ი., 2009
Thea Djordjadze – Explain away, ე.ი. – Berlin
Thea Djordjadze – Explain away, ე.ი. – Berlin

Thea Djordjadze
Explain away, ე.ი., 2009 (detail)

Thea Djordjadze
Explain away, ე.ი., 2009
Thea Djordjadze – Explain away, ე.ი. – Berlin

Thea Djordjadze
Explain away, ე.ი., 2009
Wood,carpet, ceramic, canvas
90 × 70 × 40 cm
35 1/2 × 27 1/2 × 15 3/4 inches

Thea Djordjadze
Explain away, ე.ი., 2009
Thea Djordjadze – Explain away, ე.ი. – Berlin
Thea Djordjadze – Explain away, ე.ი. – Berlin

Thea Djordjadze
Explain away, ე.ი., 2009 (detail)

Thea Djordjadze
Explain away, ე.ი., 2009
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Selected Press

Missmaß
Der Tagesspiegel, review by Simone Reber, October 17, 2009

Thea Djordjadze
Artforum, review by Jens Asthoff, October 15, 2009