This meticulous narrative handling of the interior is also at the core of Djordjadze’s new exhibition at Sprüth Magers in Berlin. It takes a moment to notice the fine, mesmerizing light filling the first space in the installation – a light filtered through a Plexiglas plate mounted on a window, which Djordjadze has painted with a translucent mixture of gouache and housepaint, to create a thin haze of blue, yellow and green hues, sometimes red. The effect is subtle, not ostentatious, but it has a decisive, sustained impact on how the space is perceived. This fundamental impact on the viewer’s perception is evident in Djordjadze’s other spatial interventions as well. The two exhibition spaces are connected by a tunnel of polished stainless steel plates. Rather than create a seamless transition, their high-gloss, mirrored surfaces cause the viewer to hesitate when passing through, making for a certain sense of disorientation. An elaborate construction of untreated wood core plywood has scaled the otherwise large showroom down to 'homelike' dimensions: half-height walls reach deep into the museum-like exhibition space with their organic surfaces flanking it on two sides. Djordjadze mounted plexiglas plates along the timber wall here too, in which light from the window is reflected. Three of the windows feature sculptures made of raw steel plates connected with piano hinge; they transform the light entering the room and, despite their odd dimensions, look something like window shutters from a distance.
The installation has an atmospheric flair, fusing presumably familiar elements from Djordjadze’s work. Painted glass objects recall her 2008 intervention at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin. Two dark wall sculptures with rusted interiors have the look of paintings – closer inspection reveals them to be planters from her installation at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015. The plaster blocks filling Djordjadze’s mahogany frames – their surfaces covered in slapdash bits of paint residue – appear to be both paintings and sculptures at the same time. We also find examples of her objects that, despite their unsettling proportions, resemble furniture, as well as her dark steel structures that act like axonometric drawings in space.
Everything about these spaces exudes tremendous physical presence, yet remains abstract. It is an interior breached by the organism and the landscape – one that seems to contain the echoes and memories of other places, merging a multitude of time-fields and layers of perception. Djordjadze’s object constellations create an atmosphere that is difficult to describe, but can be felt immediately. There is so much more in the air than can be put into words.
Djordjadze’s dissonant materials and their expansive effect assume the language of bricolage, assemblage and collage articulated at the beginning of the modern age, when everyday objects found their way into art for the first time. But Djordjadze takes bricoleur to the extreme. Her version alters architectural space, challenging the visual clarity and inherent wholeness of the individual objects. The installation’s vocabulary seems to oscillate between architectural history, Minimalism and Conceptual art. The parallels are never explicit, the references never more than a hint. Instead they are more of an unconscious manifestation of memories.
In a way, Djordjadze’s installations have to do with temporary and site-specific concepts of an archeology of the interior – an archeology of atmospheres, of the half-conscious, of space-turned-memory. These interiors are not governed by the same laws as others, which is precisely what makes the viewer aware of how she or he normally moves through space. They dissect the cultural practices of the interior and resonate with our collective dreams. They allow the stability and fragility of objects to lead our intuition astray, challenge mental projections only to let them fail and cause the viewer to measure the room like a cartographer.
Djordjadze’s aesthetic blurs all known boundaries of the interior and fundamentally confuses our obvious and unconscious perceptions of what an object and non-object can be, of mimesis and abstraction, result and process, inside and outside. She feels out a liminal border region in the viewer’s perception, probing past and present, participation and imagination. She explores a psychological space in art that many would not believe existed. Her project is that of transformative poetry.