Curator: Levan Mindiashvili
Exhibition is organized by Project ArtBeat.
Photos: Sandro Sulaberidze, Amgus James, Ledley Brown.
“To See a World in a Grain of Sand” is a first institutional solo exhibition of Irakli Bugiani in Georgia. It brings together pivotal works of the artist, marking important aspects of his practice. Bugiani chooses a medium of painting to analyze and understand the mechanisms of our perception. In his works, he attempts to widen its possibilities and accentuate the invisible elements of the material world. The title of the show – “To See a World in a Grain of Sand” – is inspired by the poetry of William Blake. It serves as a metaphor of understanding the world as a conjunction of self-similar fractals, an idea that is acutely explored in Bugiani’s current works. By focusing on materiality of the painting itself, his works had acquired the qualities of an object with meticulous attentions to the texture of canvas and to the thin layers of oil paints. Pictorial surface is transformed into metaphysical one, inviting viewers for a new understanding of the universe, free from preconceptions and conventions.
Irakli Bugiani (Bugianishvili, b.1980, Tbilisi) is based in Dusseldorf (Germany). In 1998 – 2001 he studied at Tbilisi State Academy of Arts, and later in 2001-2006 at Karlsruhe Art Academy. He holds MFA in Art History from Heinrich Heine University (Dusseldorf). His works had been a subject of solo and group exhibitions at Weltkunstzimmer, Hans-Peter-Zimmer Foundation, Dusseldorf (2015); RichMix, London (2015); Salon Des Amateurs, Dusseldorf (2014); Kunsthalle Recklinghausen (2013); Georgian National Museum, Tbilisi (2013); Glashaus, Dusseldorf (2011); Atelier am Eck, Dusseldorf (2009); Gallery Bourgeois Pig, Heidelberg (2008); Gallery AZ, Zagreb (2008). Bugiani had been selected for Kunstpreis Junger Westen at Kunsthalle Recklinghausen (2013); He had been awarded a working grant from The Ministry of Culture of The City of Dusseldorf (2008) and a commission grant from Freiburg University (2004).
Exhibition is organized with the support of Tbilisi City Hall.
Special thanks to Mariam Loria.
Text: Levan Mindiashvili