Dancing Houses by George Abramidze
Georgia Abramidze is a talented and innovative artist from Tbilisi, Georgia. From dancing houses to his amazing collages made out of regular everyday objects (please see the video below), he makes things around him come ALIVE! Ordinary houses have emotions, have friends, have bad days, have cracks and scars, can dance and lean, can drink and befriend other houses, yet still hold their form.
How we met...
I met George on my trip to Georgia in 2018, and we have been friends ever since. He still amazes me with his visual puzzles and his never-ending playfulness.
George's Dancing House series of paintings started back in the early 90s. George was a young artist in Berlin, trying to make a living. He told me a story about one day in an open-air art market in Berlin. He was selling his best, most profound and philosophical paintings for over a month. Every day he would come to the market, with high hopes and trying to sell them. He was running low on cash (since he had to pay for the spot at the market), yet nothing was selling. The poor and starving artist is not a joke :).
One weekend, George grudgingly painted his first dancing house, and it sold right away. He painted a few more of them and sold them again. A few more and sold again. Well, almost 30 years later, people around the world still love them and still make them part of their own homes. In some practically magic way, he found some universal truth in these dancing houses that everyone can appreciate.
In his own words...
I was born in 1966 in Georgia. In the information era that we live in, enormous visual and cultural information enters and settles in our souls. It affects us without our explicit permission and often without us even consciously noticing it. What is portrayed by contemporary art, its direction, focus, and philosophy changes our attitudes towards the past.
The art is created not only thanks to the artist's efforts, but also because of the inertness of society's spiritual interests. Each artistic, aesthetic, philosophic direction and school of thought are indicators of living pulsation of certain epoch and time. The mouthpiece of interests of current social order. Each "ism", each artistic movement is the expression of life, beauty, continuity, movement, human thought, opinion, and is originated based on
a continuous state of exploration, dissatisfaction with the existing status quo and based on everlasting spiritual thirst.
Any human being, and especially a creative individual, always strives to recognize the unknown
George was born in 1966 in Georgia. He graduated from art school in 1983. In 1988-1991 he studied in Kharkiv State Institute of Arts in Ukraine, and in 1993 he graduated from Tbilisi State Academy of Arts. Since 1989 had participated in multiple international and group exhibitions in Georgia and abroad.
In his art, he focuses on easel painting, monumental paintings, graphic sculptures, large installations, objects, and design.
His works are in public and private collections in Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Lithuania, Turkey, Russia, Slovakia, Greece, Spain, France, China, and the USA.
George is a member of the Artists Union of Georgia, BBK Bundesverband Bildender Künstlerinnen und Künstler (Federal Association of Artists, Germany), and International Federation of Artists UNESCO.
Solo and Group Exhibitions:
1989, 1990 -International exhibition of young artists. Kiev, Ukraine.
1991-1992 – International art exhibition. Tbilisi, Georgia
1994 - International IFA (International Fine Arts Society) exhibition. Moscow, Russia
1996 - 1997- International art exhibition. Tbilisi, Georgia
1999 - Art Exhibition. Potsdam, Germany
1999 - Art exhibition, Hobby Gallery, Germany
2001 – Art Exhibition, Germany
2000 - Art Exhibition in Georgia State Museum of Georgian Literature
2002 - Exhibition of contemporary Georgian artist. Hobby Gallery
2004 - Art Exhibition. Ankara, Turkey
2003 - Art Exhibition. Berlin, Germany
2004 - Art Exhibitions. Greece, Holland, Moscow, Baku
2005 - Art Exhibition. Tyumen Museum of Fine Arts
2010 - Georgian Museum of National History
2013 - Georgian Museum of National History
Art San Diego 2019Out first major Art Show October 15, 2019Well, a lot of firsts for us lately. But this one was the real test. Art San Diego is an annual contemporary art show in...
KSP Music FestivalOn the road... again October 8, 2019Taking art on the road. KSP Music festival for the unsuspecting festival goers :)
Red Marines Music festivalLets get this show on the road... September 21, 2019Psychedelic outdoor music festival, Red Marines and Art House SF art booth with the works by Lobsang Durney, Albena Vatcheva, Pep Ventosa and George Abramidze. See more at www.arthousesf.com