'Cardboard. Wood. Stone' by Alexander Zhyvotkov

The Georgian National Gallery together with the Stedley Art Foundation are proud to present a solo exhibition of the work of contemporary Ukrainian artist Alexander Zhyvotkov. This exhibition in Tbilisi features the series ‘Roads’, ‘Kyiv. 2014’, ‘Motherboard’, ‘Variations in Stone’, ‘Vengeance Is Mine’ and ‘Anno Domini’, which include over fifty works created over the past five years.

The Georgian art audience will be the first to view the ‘Cardboard. Wood. Stone’ exhibition as a fully developed project. It seems only natural. ‘I consider Georgia my adopted country; it is my second home. I came into my own as an artist long before I discovered Georgia, but wood and stone entered my art as a direct result. It happened when I came to know the country’s ancient and dynamic culture’, says the artist.

Zhyvotkov’s art combines eons of European and Eastern culture separated in time and space. He produces stern, monochrome images. His art is multilayered and sensuous, displaying the artist’s love of and familiarity with the Fayum portrait, early Christian catacomb art, Scythian idols, Ukrainian folk icons, Georgian metal chasing, and Tibetan manuscripts.

Zhyvotkov’s art is methodic, involving a process that requires maximum effort from both artist and spectator. The human spirit reaches its height only to sink into catharsis and become one with nature. The artist employs only natural, living media. He paints with earth, soot and wood charred in open fires. His experience is real, corporeal, and specific, i.e., specific in relation to all but time because its subject is eternal.

Duration: January 26, 2018 - February 25, 2018
Address: Dimitri Shevardnadze National Gallery, 11 Shota Rustaveli Ave. Tbilisi, Georgia

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Last admission 5:30 pm

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