Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Abstract Art

Featured Abstract Artist
Lasha Khidasheli
Charlotte NC

Lasha was born in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, in 1971. Graduated from the State Academy of Fine Arts in 1995 with qualification of Artist-Sculptor. From 1995 to 1998 worked as an instructor at the Academy.

His works were displayed at exhibitions in the Republic of Georgia, including exhibition of Avant Garde Fashion Assembly in 1995, the exhibition at National Art Gallery in 1995, the Modern Art Gallery in 1996 and 1997, the exhibition at the Hobby Gallery in 1997. In the US has exhibited at the Art-1 Gallery in Gastonia, NC (2000); at the Tri-State Sculpture Exhibition (2000), as well as one man show at the Tyson Executive Center (2001) in Washington, DC. Was also selected to exhibit in the national competition in Loveland, CO at the Sculpture in the Park Exhibition, and at the America-Georgia Business Council Annual Conference in Washington, DC (2001). In April of 2002, had an exhibition at Picture House Gallery in Charlotte, NC. Interviewed by Voice of America in November of 2001. The works are displayed in many public and private collections in Tbilisi, Praha, Moscow, Madrid and in the USA.

Lost Civilization

Black Butterfly



Hawk of the Mountain

Understanding Abstract Art

Artwork which takes liberties, altering for instance color and form in ways that are conspicuous, can be said to be partially abstract. Total abstraction bears no trace of any reference to anything recognizable. In geometric abstraction, for instance, one is unlikely to find references to naturalistic entities. Figurative art and total abstraction are almost mutually exclusive. But figurative and representational (or realistic) art often contains partial abstraction.

Both Geometric abstraction and Lyrical Abstraction are often totally abstract. Among the very numerous art movements that embody partial abstraction would be for instance fauvism in which color is conspicuously and deliberately altered vis-a-vis reality, and cubism, which blatantly alters the forms of the real life entities depicted.

Abstract art uses a visual language of form, color and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world. Western art had been, from the Renaissance up to the middle of the 19th century, underpinned by the logic of perspective and an attempt to reproduce an illusion of visible reality. The arts of cultures other than the European had become accessible and showed alternative ways of describing visual experience to the artist. By the end of the 19th century many artists felt a need to create a new kind of art which would encompass the fundamental changes taking place in technology, science and philosophy. The sources from which individual artists drew their theoretical arguments were diverse, and reflected the social and intellectual preoccupations in all areas of Western culture at that time.
Abstract art, nonobjective art, and nonrepresentational art, are loosely related terms. They are of similar, although perhaps not identical meaning.
Abstraction indicates a departure from reality in depiction of imagery in art.

I believe my featured Abstract Artist is driven by the science of  abstract art, according to the definition above, Lasha explained to me what drives his creative works in the paragraph below.

Lasha Khidasheli is a person deeply driven by concerns of the existential relationship of time, space and human interaction. The sculptures express my basic philosophy of existence, time, mass and energy. The essence of my artistic views is revealed in Creation.

Creation is a sculpture looking backward to the beginning of the universal existence. Two diametric energies crash together producing the beginning. Here is the fusion of two entities. Creation shows white limestone shining with the bright light of the ideal in humanity – while black serpentine groans with the midnight of darkness. The heaviness of stone is made fluid with ornamentation and carvings which assert brightness of the vision surrounding creation. The source of the light for our existence is the sun whose face is light, now and forever. Dark shadows pierce the bright areas of sunlit stone – weeping black tears of dark wine of evil and despair. The light is greater than the darkness. Primordial words shout from the darkness. The white need not explain its existence as it will conquer in eternity. Creation was a deeply thoughtful force. Attending all Creation is the god of light. Beyond these antithetical powers flows time, realizing nothing.

His style of work is Modern abstract ( Lasha works in stone , wood and bronze.) his accomplishments in art, both international and in the United

International Exhibits
1995 Group Show-Avant Garde Fashion Assembly-Republic of Georgia
1995 Group Show-National Gallery-Republic of Georgia
1996-1997 Group Show-Modern Art Gallery-Republic of Georgia
1997 Personal Show-Gallery Hobby-Republic of Georgia
1998 Group Outdoor Show-National Sculptor Symposium-Republic of Georgia
1998 Group Show-Malaga Spain
1998 Group Show-Munich Germany
Exhibits within the United States
2000 Personal Show-Bronze Studio-Stanley NC
2000 Group Show-Art One Gallery-Gastonia, NC
2000 Group Show-Tri-State Competition-Washington, DC
2001 Personal Show-Tyson Executive Center-Fairfax, VA
2001 Group Show-Sculptor in the Park-Loveland, CO
2001 Persona Show-Georgia American Business Council-Washington, DC
2002 Group Show-Florence Art Museum-Florence, SC
2002 Personal Show-Picture House Gallery-Charlotte, NC
2004 Group Show-Art Festival in the Park-Charlotte, NC
2004 Group Show-Antique Gallery-Charlotte, NC
2005 Spring Group show-South park Art Gallery-Charlotte, NC
2005 Persona Show-Tyson Executive Art Center two-Fairfax, VA
2005 Group Show-Washington Square
(Washington Sculptor Group)-Washington, DC
2006 Group Show-Diverse Works Exhibition (South Park)-Charlotte, NC
2006 Group Show- exhibition of Contemporary Art (South Park)-Charlotte, NC
2006 Group Show-Design House International-Lake Norman, NC
2007 Group Show-Picture House Gallery-Charlotte, NC
2008 Group Show-Lurie Gallery-Miami, FL
2008-2009 Represented by Elder Art Gallery-Charlotte, NC
2009 Represented by Regina Nussle Gallery-Miami, FL

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