'20 God said, “I command the ocean to be full of living creatures, and I command birds to fly above the earth.”
21 So God made the giant sea monsters and all the living creatures that swim in the ocean. He also made every kind of bird. God looked at what he had done, and it was good.
22 Then he gave the living creatures his blessing—he told the ocean creatures to increase and live everywhere in the ocean and the birds to increase everywhere on earth.
23 Evening came, then morning—that was the fifth day.'
The Why Not Gallery is glad to present artist Malkhaz Gorgadze’s second solo show ‘Admonition’.
Malkhaz Gorgadze (b. 1941) is among the most important representatives of Soviet Georgian monumental art. Publicly the artist was known for his monumental relief and mosaic panoramas and only recently his paintings became known to the general public. The artist employs his years-worth experience of working in public spaces and translates the monumental scale and perception into the discourse of contemporary art, creating canvases of no less physicality and intensity.
Presented exhibition thematically differs from the artist’s signature works, which mainly revolve around idyllic scenarios developed in magical landscapes, and through these highly aesthetic compositions, discuss philosophical, universal issues. His most recent series united under the title ‘Admonition’ reflects on the recent socio-political events, be it the pandemic, war in the region, the destruction and alienation that has engulfed and preoccupied our society. These paintings, infiltrated with symbolism act as the chronicles of our times and could be read as a kind of prophesy.
Malkhaz Gorgadze was born in 1941, Tbilisi to the family of artists Bidzina and Elene Gorgadze. After graduating from the Academy of Arts in 1965, a ceramicist by profession, Malkhaz Gorgadze, soon got involved in the city redevelopment projects. In different districts of Tbilisi, many mosaic or relief panoramas, familiar to everyone, were created by Malkhaz Gorgadze. However, few know that throughout his artistic career, he also created paintings and still actively continues to paint.
The following works are from the 1970s to the present day. Paintings and tapestries woven according to the artist’s sketches. Monumental and mesmerising works that have been created over the 50 years are a celebration of exquisite shapes and colour schemes. These paintings, created with excellent knowledge of academic drawing, follow a single storyline – of idyllic, tropical landscapes and people lost in them; a sea of metaphors and allegories, philosophical discourses and existential questions, uncommon readings of biblical parables, references to the masters of art and a mysterious charm that makes an indelible impression on the viewer. The works radiate with powerful, inexhaustible, energy, a visual demonstration of Joie de vivre, of the spirit of his generation – that can be called the golden generation of the Soviet Georgia.
Malkhaz Gorgadze works in Tbilisi, Georgia.