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VOLTA NY 2017 | Booth D22 The Lodge Gallery

uprintingmailing_guide [Converted]The Lodge Gallery is pleased to present a solo booth of Levan Mindiashvili at the Volta NY 2017.

March 1 -5, | Booth D22

Pier 90 | W 50th Street at 12th Avenue, New York

Preview March 1, 5-7 pm

Vernissage March 1, 7-10 pm

Public Hours March 2-4, 12-8 pm | March 5, 12-5 pm


More info: VoltaNY

contact: info@thelodgegallery.com



Levan Mindiashvili Uta Bekaia UNINTENDED ARCHEOLOGY

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(May 25th, 2016 – June 26th, 2016)
Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 25th, 7pm-9pm 

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Levan Mindiashvili is a Georgian-born, Brooklyn-based visual artist primarily interested in exploring the complex relationships between communal and private spaces. This, Mindiashvili’s second major exhibition at The Lodge Gallery, features works from his current ongoing project entitled “Unintended Archeology of (un)Place” and expands upon his paintings through installation and sculptural objects. Mindiashvili’s paintings – rigorously rendered in several layers of acrylic paint and gel medium – mimic vintage, pixelated photography and questions our perception of the past and ‘taught’ history. While paintings keep ‘loyalty’ to their source material (the artist’s own snapshots from travels to his native Georgia), the sculptures, on the other hand, are summarized images of experiences and memories from the many places he has lived. Some details might allude to a particular aparment in Brooklyn or a 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 steady, 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 society.

This exhibition is created in collaboration with Uta Bekaia. Both artists share same cultural background, and furthermore, the same concerns regarding identity and historical memory, but they employ two different starting points in their practice. While Mindiashvili is concerned with the intellectual knowledge and limitations imposed by society and culture, Bekaia is interested in genetical, biological memory. 

The artists have also conceived a performance entitled If You Lived Here You Would Be Home Now, which will be performed by Japanese/American butoh dancer Azumi Oe on the day of the opening. The resulting residual remnants of the performance piece will become part of the installation, and remain on view for the run of the show. 

Levan Mindiashvili received his BFA in sculpture from Tbilisi State Academy of Arts and realized post-graduate studies in Crossed Media Arts at The National University of Arts of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Among his awards should be mentioned Commission Grant for Public Art Projects from National Endowments for Arts, New York 2014 and Emerging Artist of 2011, Movistar Arte Jóven, 2011 Buenos Aires, Argentina. His work has been included in recent group exhibitions at Tartu Art Museum, Estonia; Brooklyn; Hathaway David Contemporary, Atlanta; ODETTA, Brooklyn; RichMix, London; Georgian National Museum, Tbilisi; Recent solo exhibitions include “Studies For Unintended Archeology”, The Vazquez Building, Brooklyn; “Borderlines”, The Lodge Gallery, New York; “Urban Identities”, Kunstraub99, Cologne.

Uta Bekaia Georgian Born, New York based multimedia artist. He had studied Industrial Design at Tbilisi Mtsire Academy. He debuted as an artist at AMA (Avant-Guard Fashion Assembly) with a sculptural performance. He creates multimedia performances and installations inhabited with wearable sculptures, exploring his historical cultural background, genetical codes and cycles of the universe. His works were included in Istanbul 14th Biennial and Kiev 2nd Biennial. He currently presented performance pieces “Vestiphobia”, Ideal Glass, New York; “Fua Sia Tata Sia”, The Movement Theater, Tbilisi; and Tbilisi City Parade “Berikaoba”.

The Lodge Gallery, founded by Keith Schweitzer and Jason Patrick Voegele, is located at 131 Chrystie Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. It is the exhibition venue of Republic Worldwide and serves as both an art space and a gathering place for hearty discourse and experimentation.

131 Chrystie Street, New York, NY 10002

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Yvonne Jaquette, Levan Mindiashvili and New York Cityscapes

The View from Above

John Haber in New York City

Yvonne Jacquette, Levan Mindiashvili, and William Steiger, Rod Penner, Domingo Milella, and Antonio Murado

After all these years, one would think that I should know New York. Yvonne Jacquette and Levan Mindiashvili have other ideas, in lovingly unfamiliar paintings. William Steiger, with a special eye to Brooklyn and Queens, while Rod Penner brings something of the same eye to crossing America. Domingo Milella and Antonio Murado put the problem of retaining a sense of place in global terms, with work that treats expanding cities, cemeteries, and Northern Romanticism on equal terms.

Each approaches common ground from an unusual vantage point, from which it can hardly look stranger or more inviting. They refresh the scene, while also insisting on the perils of objectivity or detachment.They might even suit a city that is always new. For better or for worse, they also in effect turn a painter or a native into a tourist, and you know what tourists are like around the holidays. Still, the realities of vision and urban decay have a way of intruding, as if from last worlds. Is it coincidence that one visitor to New York is from Canada and another from the Republic of Georgia?


Levan Mindiashvili, too, looks to the sky and to the distance. Maybe New York is necessarily remote to an artist from the Republic of Georgia—still living, as the show’s title has it, on “Borderlines.” He sees it at more than one remove, in reflections off the glass of otherwise unseen buildings. The glass imposes a grid on massive old stone, but not that of the older windows themselves, much less abstraction. Working in acrylic, oil pencil, and charcoal, Mindiashvili then adds further color and line for traces of sunlight. Old stone can take on the crispness of commercial architecture or jiggle in its ad hoc mirror.

Here the unfamiliarity is only partly a matter of space, although the corner point of view for the older buildings contrasts with their compression into the grid. It is also a matter of time. One has the past time of the urban history, the present time of vision, and the future time of painting and architecture under construction. Mindiashvili may leave portions of the canvas schematic or empty, like blueprints. The grid belongs at once to another façade, to the picture plane, and to me. But then I am biased, because they are still my New York.

One could dismiss work like this as eye candy—and the conceptual overlay as a fashionable breaking down of genres. And these artists may well ask to rediscover the city as a tourist, without regard for dirty details. Jacquette’s Whitney stands largely apart from the politics of museum expansions, her Hudson Yards apart from gentrification, and her NYU apart from the impact of its growing empire on the neighborhood. Hers is not the gritty waterfront of George Bellows by any means. That kind of cynicism would be a mistake, when painting can hint at that view from above in translating landscape for the city. Who knew that the mirror onto nature would be the side of a building?



full article: here


Yvonne Jacquette ran at D. C. Moore through February 8, 2014, Levan Mindiashvili at Lodge through February 4. Rod Penner ran at Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe through November 23, 2013, William Steiger at Margaret Thatcher Projects through December 14, Domingo Milella at Tracy Williams, Ltd. through December 21, and Antonio Murado atvon Lintel through December 7.


BORDERLINES: New Work by Levan Mindiashvili | The Lodge Gallery, NY

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New Work by Levan Mindiashvili

January 14 – February 4, 2014

Reception: Friday, January 17, 7-9 pm

The Lodge Gallery presents the first solo exhibition in the United States of works by Levan Mindiashvili.

Levan Mindiashvili has been making work about urban landscapes that inform our sense of identity and the intimate connections we make with the spaces we inhabit since 2010. In 2003 he graduated from Tbilisi State Academy of Arts (Republic of Georgia) and the same year started intensively exhibiting his works in Europe. From 2008 – 2012 he lived and worked in Buenos Aires, Argentina where he received his MFA from the National University of Art of Buenos Aires

Mindiashvili’s new series, entitled Borderlines, is a study of his reflections on cities as both public and private meeting points. Originally conceived in Buenos Aries, this recent body of work explores the artist’s personal and collective experiences with the architecture and public structures of New York, where he is currently based. It is through his renderings of reflections amongst monumental objects, combined with a uniquely subjective reinterpretation of urban stimulation/inundation, that he reveals his complex and evolving personal relationship with the city.

Borderlines is an investigation into the sediment of his global experience, the invisible realities that have been burned into his subconscious country by country, city by city, block by block. “Generally, architecture most clearly defines and reveals the changes in our contemporary world, in our approaches and common visions,” says Mindiashvili.

His new work depicts distorted, almost abstract fragments of old architecture reflected on new, transparent surfaces or seen through them. “I perceive them as maps of consciousness of the contemporary world with its migrations, gentrification, identity and social issues,” the artist explains, “I want to trigger a dialogue about recent history.” The idea that a personal history is valuable and that the reflected perception of each individual dictates the overall substance and spirit of the larger urban landscape is deeply rooted in his intentions.


The Lodge Gallery, founded by Keith Schweitzer and Jason Patrick Voegele, is located at 131 Chrystie Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. It is the exhibition venue of Republic Worldwide and serves as both an art space and a gathering place for hearty discourse and experimentation.


For additional information contact info@thelodgegallery.com or call 917-478-7513