March 23 – April 28
Opening Thursday 22 March 19-21h.
We are extremely pleased to announce the first solo exhibition by Tamuna Sirbiladze in Vienna, “Naked Ground” from 23 March – 28 April 2012.
“Naked Ground” will consist of a series of oil-stick on raw canvas works, and a literal wall-painting, a wall-object built into the space as a site-specific painted work.
Tamuna Sirbiladze work is clearly dealing with gestural issues, in the works themselves and in the placement of the works in the room. Her installations often present situations which hinder the viewer’s movement, or which are stacked so that a kind of withholding becomes a part of the gestural act, a kind of reversed erasure, an explosive expression of an anti-aesthetic take it or leave it approach. The “Naked Ground” raw canvas support becomes a field of action. Her drawing practice takes on the epic gestural nature that her paintings have. Not quite a sculpture, nor a painting, the ‘wall painting’ introduces the performative element of Tamuna Sirbiladze’s approach. In the oil stick works, Tamuna Sirbiladze’s performative space has been taken into the works themselves.
Tamuna Sirbiladze was born in 1971 in Tbilisi in Georgia, and currently lives and works in Vienna. Her work has been exhibited in several institutions worldwide, including Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, Palazzo Grassi in Venice, Austrian Cultural Forum in London, Shusev State Museum of Architecture in Moscow, Musée d’Art Contemporain in Marseille, Museum of Modern Art in Passau (Germany), Albertina Museum in Vienna, Museum für Angewante Kunst in Vienna, Künstlerhaus Wien and Zwanzigerhaus in Vienna. Her work was included in the Arsenale section of the 54th Venice Biennale. Solo exhibitions include Charim Ungar Contemporary in Berlin, Fortescue Avenue/Jonathan Viner in London, Gallery Collet Park in Paris, and Old Gallery in Tbilisi.
This exhibition is produced in co-operation with Charim Gallery, Vienna.