Levan Mindiashvili is a Georgian-born Brooklyn-based visual artist primarily interested in exploring the complex relationships between communal and private spaces. His current ongoing project entitled “Unintended Archeology of (un)Place” expands to installation, paintings and sculptural objects. Mindiashvili’s paintings—rigorously rendered in several layers of acrylic paint and gel medium—mimic vintage, pixelated photography and question our perception of the ’taught’ history and limitations imposed by society and culture. Mindiashvili’s sculptures are summarized images of experiences and memories from all the places he had lived—some details might allude to a particular house in Brooklyn or Tbilisi, but they are merely hermetic, almost abstract remnants of what once might have been. Rendered in pigmented plaster, they visually and superficially mimic the permanence of concrete. The fragility of his chosen materials alludes to the temporal and ephemeral nature of ‘place’ and ‘home’ in today’s society, sometimes more accurately identified as a sense of displacement—triggered by economics, gentrification, politics or war.
Mindiashvili’s work has been included in recent group exhibitions at Tartu Art Museum, Estonia, Hathaway David Contemporary, Atlanta, ODETTA, Brooklyn, RichMix, London, and the Georgian National Museum, Tbilisi. Recent solo exhibitions include The Vazquez Building, Brooklyn, The Lodge Gallery, New York, Kunstraub99, Cologne. Among his awards are the 2014 Commission Grant for Public Art Projects from National Endowments for Arts, New York and Emerging Artist of 2011, Movistar Arte Jóven, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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