Colour print on Baryt photographic paper
20 × 26 cm
Edition of 100 copies, numbered and signed by the artist on verso side
about this work
In style that recalls the photograms of Moholy-Nagy, artist Thea Djordjadze has composed this edition from materials gathered from her immediate surroundings (a box, a cup, a lens, a spare fotomat photo), which, having been lain on a scanner bed and recorded, appear here distilled – a selected random moment in the process of their everyday use. What is captured by the machine is something not accessible to bare sight: a topography of surfaces turned alien as light passes through the eyeglass to reflect/register the portrait, before disappearing into the surrounding voids. It is the screen’s gaze we see here, the vantage of the contemporary kino-eye.
This work, Fomasas, follows a logical process that was clearly apparent in the Berlin-based artist’s installation at MIT List Center in 2014 and could likewise be seen in the project for her exhibition at MoMA PS1 the spring of 2015. A student of Rosemarie Trockel, with whom she collaborated on the interior design for the art-film venue Image Movement in Berlin, Djordjadze produces work that operates not unlike structuralist film: less images or sculptures than stop-motion frames, impressions reflecting the conditions of creation, available means, political circumstances, and the forces of chance.
about Thea Djordjadze
Thea Djordjadze’s work starts with every day, kneadable materials like plaster, ceramics, sponge, cardboard, clay, textile or paper-mâché which the artist shapes into modest though firmly present sculptures. These are positioned in space, surrounded by simple architectural wooden or metal structures that recall classical modernist aesthetics and whose stark linearity contrasts sharply with the sculptures’ organic and amorphous, ‘unfinished’ surfaces. Further juxtaposed with cryptic drawings and cultural artefacts like nomad rugs, all these elements combine to make a very specific amalgam of materials, shapes, objects and cultures that erodes its parts’ historical ideologies to shape a new, metaphysical result.
(courtesy of Kiosk, Ghent)