Thea Djordjadze
listening the pressure that surrounds you
April 30–June 25, 2016
Berlin

Interiors are sites of existential symbolism. They are the place where a child first clashes with the world – a location of real and symbolic protection for the ego. They collect the sediments of cultural history and of our own lives, marking an interspace between us and the world.

Few contemporary artists have so cannily, idiosyncratically explored the existential experience of the interior as Thea Djordjadze, whose expansive sculptural installations combine constructed and found elements into intuitive arrangements. The materials she uses range from the mundane to the elegant, from rigid timber and steel structures to amorphous plaster, textile and foam parts. Some of these objects are reused from one exhibition to another, running through her work like a continuous thread. With their striking psychological depth and unique physical impact, Djordjadze’s installations have an inimitable effect on the viewer.

 

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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.

 

Installation Views
Thea Djordjadze – listening the pressure that surrounds you – Berlin
Thea Djordjadze
listening the pressure that surrounds you
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, April 30–June 25, 2016

Thea Djordjadze
listening the pressure that surrounds you
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, April 30–June 25, 2016
Photo: Timo Ohler

Thea Djordjadze – listening the pressure that surrounds you – Berlin
Thea Djordjadze
listening the pressure that surrounds you
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, April 30–June 25, 2016

Thea Djordjadze
listening the pressure that surrounds you
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, April 30–June 25, 2016
Photo: Timo Ohler

Thea Djordjadze – listening the pressure that surrounds you – Berlin
Thea Djordjadze
listening the pressure that surrounds you
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, April 30–June 25, 2016

Thea Djordjadze
listening the pressure that surrounds you
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, April 30–June 25, 2016
Photo: Timo Ohler

Thea Djordjadze – listening the pressure that surrounds you – Berlin
Thea Djordjadze
listening the pressure that surrounds you
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, April 30–June 25, 2016

Thea Djordjadze
listening the pressure that surrounds you
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, April 30–June 25, 2016
Photo: Timo Ohler

Thea Djordjadze – listening the pressure that surrounds you – Berlin
Thea Djordjadze
listening the pressure that surrounds you
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, April 30–June 25, 2016

Thea Djordjadze
listening the pressure that surrounds you
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, April 30–June 25, 2016
Photo: Timo Ohler

Thea Djordjadze – listening the pressure that surrounds you – Berlin
Thea Djordjadze
listening the pressure that surrounds you
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, April 30–June 25, 2016

Thea Djordjadze
listening the pressure that surrounds you
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, April 30–June 25, 2016
Photo: Timo Ohler

Thea Djordjadze – listening the pressure that surrounds you – Berlin
Thea Djordjadze
listening the pressure that surrounds you
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, April 30–June 25, 2016

Thea Djordjadze
listening the pressure that surrounds you
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, April 30–June 25, 2016
Photo: Timo Ohler

Thea Djordjadze – listening the pressure that surrounds you – Berlin
Thea Djordjadze
listening the pressure that surrounds you
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, April 30–June 25, 2016

Thea Djordjadze
listening the pressure that surrounds you
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, April 30–June 25, 2016
Photo: Timo Ohler

Details
Thea Djordjadze – listening the pressure that surrounds you – Berlin

Thea Djordjadze
listening the pressure that surrounds you
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, April 30–June 25, 2016
Photo: Timo Ohler

Thea Djordjadze – listening the pressure that surrounds you – Berlin

Thea Djordjadze
listening the pressure that surrounds you
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, April 30–June 25, 2016
Photo: Timo Ohler

Thea Djordjadze – listening the pressure that surrounds you – Berlin

Thea Djordjadze
listening the pressure that surrounds you
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, April 30–June 25, 2016
Photo: Timo Ohler

Thea Djordjadze – listening the pressure that surrounds you – Berlin

Thea Djordjadze
listening the pressure that surrounds you
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, April 30–June 25, 2016
Photo: Timo Ohler

Thea Djordjadze – listening the pressure that surrounds you – Berlin

Thea Djordjadze
listening the pressure that surrounds you
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, April 30–June 25, 2016
Photo: Timo Ohler

Thea Djordjadze – listening the pressure that surrounds you – Berlin

Thea Djordjadze
listening the pressure that surrounds you
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, April 30–June 25, 2016
Photo: Timo Ohler

Thea Djordjadze – listening the pressure that surrounds you – Berlin

Thea Djordjadze
listening the pressure that surrounds you
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, April 30–June 25, 2016
Photo: Timo Ohler

Thea Djordjadze – listening the pressure that surrounds you – Berlin

Thea Djordjadze
listening the pressure that surrounds you
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, April 30–June 25, 2016
Photo: Timo Ohler

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Exhibited Works
Thea Djordjadze – listening the pressure that surrounds you – Berlin
Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016
Concrete, stainless steel
70 × 160 × 28 cm
27 5/8 × 63 × 11 inches

Thea Djordjadze – listening the pressure that surrounds you – Berlin
Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016
Glass, paint
100 × 92 × 27 cm
39 3/8 × 36 1/8 × 10 5/8 inches

Thea Djordjadze – listening the pressure that surrounds you – Berlin
Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016
Plexiglass, paint, stainless steel
370 × 400 × 40 cm
145 3/4 × 157 1/2 × 15 3/4 inches

Thea Djordjadze – listening the pressure that surrounds you – Berlin
Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016
Plaster, paint, wood
133 × 133 cm
52 3/8 × 52 3/8 inches

Thea Djordjadze – listening the pressure that surrounds you – Berlin
Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016
Plaster, wood
156 × 79 × 15 cm
61 3/8 × 31 × 6 inches

Thea Djordjadze – listening the pressure that surrounds you – Berlin
Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016
Wood, plexiglass, stainless steel, acrylic glass, plaster, paint
Dimensions variable

Thea Djordjadze – listening the pressure that surrounds you – Berlin
Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016
Stainless steel
513 × 46 × 23 cm
204 3/4 × 18 × 9 inches

Thea Djordjadze – listening the pressure that surrounds you – Berlin
Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016
Stainless steel
520 × 46 × 23 cm
204 3/4 × 18 × 9 inches

Thea Djordjadze – listening the pressure that surrounds you – Berlin
Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016
Plaster, paint, wood
41 × 28 × 4 cm
16 1/8 × 11 × 1 5/8 inches

Thea Djordjadze – listening the pressure that surrounds you – Berlin
Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016
Steel, paint, wood, plaster
119 × 238 × 57 cm
46 7/8 × 93 3/4 × 22 3/8 inches

Thea Djordjadze – listening the pressure that surrounds you – Berlin
Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016
Wood
160 × 120 × 75 cm
63 × 47 1/4 × 29 1/2 inches

Thea Djordjadze – listening the pressure that surrounds you – Berlin
Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016
Mirror
161 × 61.5 × 5 cm
63 3/8 × 24 1/8 × 2 inches

Thea Djordjadze – listening the pressure that surrounds you – Berlin
Thea Djordjadze
Only way is to 200 it, 2016

Thea Djordjadze
Only way is to 200 it, 2016
Painted acrylic glass, foam, plaster, steel
131 × 309 × 63 cm
51 5/8 × 120 1/2 × 24 7/8 inches

Thea Djordjadze – listening the pressure that surrounds you – Berlin
Thea Djordjadze
I will disappear soon, 2016

Thea Djordjadze
I will disappear soon, 2016
Steel, paint, plaster, wood
182 × 70 × 57 cm
71 5/8 × 27 5/8 × 22 3/8 inches

Thea Djordjadze – listening the pressure that surrounds you – Berlin
Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016
Wood, plaster, paint
134 × 78 cm
52 3/4 × 30 3/4 inches

Thea Djordjadze – listening the pressure that surrounds you – Berlin
Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016
Stainless steel
200 × 400 × 60 cm
78 3/4 × 157 1/2 × 23 5/8 inches

Details
Thea Djordjadze – listening the pressure that surrounds you – Berlin

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016
Concrete, stainless steel
70 × 160 × 28 cm
27 5/8 × 63 × 11 inches

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016
Thea Djordjadze – listening the pressure that surrounds you – Berlin

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016
Glass, paint
100 × 92 × 27 cm
39 3/8 × 36 1/8 × 10 5/8 inches

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016
Thea Djordjadze – listening the pressure that surrounds you – Berlin

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016
Plexiglass, paint, stainless steel
370 × 400 × 40 cm
145 3/4 × 157 1/2 × 15 3/4 inches

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016
Thea Djordjadze – listening the pressure that surrounds you – Berlin

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016
Plaster, paint, wood
133 × 133 cm
52 3/8 × 52 3/8 inches

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016
Thea Djordjadze – listening the pressure that surrounds you – Berlin

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016
Plaster, wood
156 × 79 × 15 cm
61 3/8 × 31 × 6 inches

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016
Thea Djordjadze – listening the pressure that surrounds you – Berlin

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016
Wood, plexiglass, stainless steel, acrylic glass, plaster, paint
Dimensions variable

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016
Thea Djordjadze – listening the pressure that surrounds you – Berlin

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016
Stainless steel
513 × 46 × 23 cm
204 3/4 × 18 × 9 inches

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016
Thea Djordjadze – listening the pressure that surrounds you – Berlin

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016
Stainless steel
520 × 46 × 23 cm
204 3/4 × 18 × 9 inches

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016
Thea Djordjadze – listening the pressure that surrounds you – Berlin

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016
Plaster, paint, wood
41 × 28 × 4 cm
16 1/8 × 11 × 1 5/8 inches

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016
Thea Djordjadze – listening the pressure that surrounds you – Berlin

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016
Steel, paint, wood, plaster
119 × 238 × 57 cm
46 7/8 × 93 3/4 × 22 3/8 inches

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016
Thea Djordjadze – listening the pressure that surrounds you – Berlin

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016
Wood
160 × 120 × 75 cm
63 × 47 1/4 × 29 1/2 inches

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016
Thea Djordjadze – listening the pressure that surrounds you – Berlin

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016
Mirror
161 × 61.5 × 5 cm
63 3/8 × 24 1/8 × 2 inches

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016
Thea Djordjadze – listening the pressure that surrounds you – Berlin

Thea Djordjadze
Only way is to 200 it, 2016
Painted acrylic glass, foam, plaster, steel
131 × 309 × 63 cm
51 5/8 × 120 1/2 × 24 7/8 inches

Thea Djordjadze
Only way is to 200 it, 2016
Thea Djordjadze – listening the pressure that surrounds you – Berlin

Thea Djordjadze
I will disappear soon, 2016
Steel, paint, plaster, wood
182 × 70 × 57 cm
71 5/8 × 27 5/8 × 22 3/8 inches

Thea Djordjadze
I will disappear soon, 2016
Thea Djordjadze – listening the pressure that surrounds you – Berlin

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016
Wood, plaster, paint
134 × 78 cm
52 3/4 × 30 3/4 inches

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016
Thea Djordjadze – listening the pressure that surrounds you – Berlin

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016
Stainless steel
200 × 400 × 60 cm
78 3/4 × 157 1/2 × 23 5/8 inches

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2016
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Selected Press

Detailverliebte Produktion
Texte zur Kunst, review by Tobias Vogt, September, 2016

ART CITIES: Berlin-Thea Djordjadze
Dreamideamachine, review by Efi Michalarou, May 25, 2016

Thea Djordjadze
Artforum International, Critics’ Picks, review by Stephanie LaCava, May 2016

Sprüth Magers Presents Three Varied Solo Exhibitions For Berlin Gallery Weekend
Artlyst, April 30, 2016

10 Artists to Watch This April
Artspace, April 1, 2016