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