The Lodge Gallery, New York
Levan Mindiashvili’s practice expands from painting to sculpture and, as the artist states, “includes all the possibilities in-between these disciplines.” Mindiashvili’s sculptures are summarized images of experiences and memories from the many places he has lived. Some details might allude to a particular apartment in Brooklyn, a building in Buenos Aires, or his childhood house in Tbilisi, but they are merely hermetic remnants of what once might have been a home. Rendered in pigmented plaster, they visually and superficially mimic a sturdy, permanent concrete, yet the fragility of his chosen material outlines the temporal and ephemeral nature of the notions of ‘place’ and ‘home’ in today’s world.
Mindiashvili is interested in the influence of ‘taught’ truths, preconditions created by socio- cultural constructions, leading him to use transparent filters that force the way that viewers see the subject, and to use techniques that create the illusion of other techniques. Rigorously hand produced, Mindiashvili’s objects mimic found materials or relics from architectural constructions, challenging our perception and understanding of “truth.”