Exhibition "Gamarjoba! Katie Melkadze" automatic translate
с 29 Ноября
по 3 Февраля
Старопименовский пер., д. 14
Sculptural objects, installations and reliefs of wire mesh, chalk drawings and paintings - not the most common "set" for the exhibition project. But for the work of Georgian artist Kati Melkadze, this is natural, as is the name of the exhibition “Gamarjoba” (literally, by the way, this means “Victories to you!”, This is how people greet Georgia).
The exhibition “Gamarjoba! Keti Melkadze ”, which will be held in the ARTSTORY gallery from November 29, 2018 to February 3, 2019, will include works from the past two years. Some large-sized works Keti Melkadze is preparing specially for the project, working in the art-residence of the gallery in Moscow.
Most of her works are made of ordinary wire mesh. The main tools of the artist - not a brush or a palette knife, and hands, scissors and nippers. First, you need to completely come up with a future sculpture, then extremely accurately calculate its size. Not on paper - in my head. Neither paint it, nor put another layer, nor redo it later, it can literally be cut only once.
Katie Melkadze was born in Tbilisi, graduated from Tbilisi State University with a degree in Philology. He likes to listen to jazz and classics and reads a lot all his life. Just a few years ago I became interested in a chamber metal sculpture. He knows how to twist, lay down, give shape to a prosaic construction grid and get a realistic or abstract sculpture or relief - in fact, a 3D image.
All the plots are taken from life. They give rise to emotions. Kindness, love, honest, not indifferent, sincere attitude of the author to his characters and objects are felt in every work. Be it old people, funny elephant, sad dog, harlequin or even a fancy sewing machine in the form of a bag, inside which is a hand with scissors. She expresses her social protest against the sale of smoking mixtures in the following composition: hands appear from the grid, as if covering a cloud of smoke. Instead of a sword at the statue “Mother Georgia” - a selfie stick. “Why a sword when you can hold an iPhone and take pictures?”
Sometimes Katie Melkadze makes sculptural portraits of famous people and gives her characters or museums. Portraits of Sofiko Chiaureli and Otio Ioseliani found a place in the museums of the actress and writer. Kety says that she learned a lot about Jose Carreras before giving him a gift at a concert he gave in Tbilisi: “Most of all he loves Barcelona and the Barça football team. I made him a Gaudi-style lizard on a Barcelona ball. ” By the way, recently his portrait from the grid appeared in the respected Mikhail Mikhailovich Zhvanetsky.
A lot of the exhibition will also include 3D portraits of animals that Kate loves so much. Elephants, dogs, even camels - the anagram of the surname Melkadze reads like camel.
The artist gives the titles to his works infrequently. They come up with the audience, subscribers of its popular pages on social networks. One of the memorable signatures to the work: "It is very easy to do good, but it is difficult to be kind."
Melkadze’s works are in museums, various institutions and theaters in Georgia, as well as in many other countries. For the artist, it’s more important not even to remember her last name, but to understand that the work is from Georgia.
“I am a purebred Georgian and a patriot of my homeland. I came not only to make an exhibition in Moscow, but also to say again: no need to quarrel and fight. I want to invite everyone - Russians, Georgians, Abkhazians, Ossetians. And I want to show everyone - we are friends. ”
Gallery ARTSTORY: Moscow, Staropimenovsky lane, 14 (metro station “Tverskaya”, “Mayakovskaya”). Daily, except Monday, from 12.00 to 20.00. Free admission. Tel. 8 495 650 13 43.