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Alexander Djikia

 

Since long the artist Aleksander Djikia has been concentrating mostly on graphic art. His media vary from felt-pen on paper to paper collage. The works that he produces eschew standard descriptions habitually applied to graphic art by art historians and critics. The charms of spontaneous gesture and clarity of form by no means exhaust what Djikia’s work has to offer. His art is not a study of one subject, and his creative thinking goes beyond the limits of a series of variations on a theme. His process almost seems like a meditation: massive chunks of reality come as a stream of imagery, and when this stream develops enough substance and density, it is ready to be put on paper. According to the artist himself, these meditative states or sessions can happen at wide intervals, and each one is a major event and a milestone. They mark those special moments when, as L.Lipavski, the poet and theorist of the OBERIU group put it, “cataleptic time” and the stasis of artistic contemplation get replaced with pointed and daring action. Djikia’s ironic eye always hits the target. The artist has a keen sense of the absurd and is deeply affected by the smallest reality glitches; the nearly imperceptible lapses of reason; vibrations and disequilibria that make the world visible and let one feel the pulse of real life. Captions found in Djikia’s works – in fact, one of his art’s trademark features – are never meant to explain the picture. They are there not to decode the image, but to be part of it. Djikia’s texts are tension fields of different meanings which emerge, clash, fall apart, reemerge, get on the verge of explaining themselves, then fall back into irrationality and elude understanding. In the light of the “star of nonsense”, praised by the OBERIU poet A.Vvedensky, Djikia gets a prescience of things secret, miraculous, and vibrantly real. Sometimes, “dangling his hat and umbrella” like the bouncy sorcerer from a poem of yet another member of the OBERIU group, the poet Daniil Kharms, Djikia’s leaps land him remarkably close to his goal.

Ekaterina Inozemtseva

 

1963 born in Tbilisi, USSR
1979 studied drawing under Nikolai Markarov
1985 graduated from Moscow Architectural Institute since 1988 realized over 30 personal exhibitions in Russia, Germany, USA, Italy, Greece and Turkey
2000 became a member of Moscow Union of Artists
Lives and works in Moscow.

 

Principal exhibitions

Personal

1988 “Photograms”, “Student Meridian” magazine office, Moscow

1989 “Drawings”, Union Gallery, Moscow

1990 “Drawings”, Galerie Kicken-Pauseback, Cologne

1991 “Drawings 1988–1991”, Galerie Karsten Koch, Kiel; “Drawings”, Manege Gallery, Moscow

1992 “A Group Portrait in the Interior”, Regina Gallery, Moscow; “Drawings”, Rheinisches Landesmuseum Bonn; “Westostlicher Divan”, Stadtgalerie Saarbrucken

1993 “Beginning of the World”, Guelman Gallery, Moscow

1995 “Drawings”, Galerie “Art 5-III” Inge Herbert, Berlin; “Drawings”, Maya Polski Gallery, Chicago

1996 “New Drawings”, Galerie Ute Parduhn, Dusseldorf

1997 “Drawings from New York”, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne

1999 “Drawings, Paintings and Photographs”, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne

2000 “Drawings from Ankara”, “Pinakotheka” art magazine office, Moscow

2001 “Drawings”, Galerie Ute Parduhn, Dusseldorf

2002 “George Grosz - Alexander Djikia”, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne; “Studies from the Cretan Seals”, Bilkent University, Ankara; “Drawings from the Greek Vases”, “OGI Street” Gallery, Moscow

2003 “Upper Point”, Moscow House of Photography

2006 “New works”, Guelman Gallery, Moscow; “10 years after”, Paperworks Gallery, Moscow; “Retrospection, 1982–2006”, Artplay, Moscow; “New Prints”, Handprint Workshop International, Alexandria, VA

2007 “Rinascimento”, Nina Lumer Gallery, Мilano; “Katharevousa”, Art-Athina, Stella Art Foundation

2008 “New Prints”, Handprint Workshop International, Alexandria, VA

2009 “Labyrinth or the Story of Minotaur”, Krokin Gallery, Moscow; “Drawings based on motifs of Cretan and Mycenaean seals”, Archeological museum, Thessaloniki; “Poetry drawings”, Stella Art Foundation, Moscow; “Ancient and Modern”, VP Gallery, Moscow

2010 “Dance”, Baryshnikov Art Center, NYC

 

Group

1988 18th exhibition of young artists. Manage, Moscow

1989 “Nuova realta”. Pinacotheca Communale, Bologna

1990 “Тraditions of Russian painting”. Museum of History and Reconstruction of Moscow; “Perestroyka”. Center for Contemporary Arts, Buenos-Aires

1991 “Аrt Frankfurt”. Union Gallery, Frankfurt Messe; “Im Kabinett”. Wolfgang Wittrock, Dusseldorf

1992 “Аktuelle Zeichnung und Photographie aus Moskau”. Galerie Albrecht, Munchen; “Figurliche Zeichnung”. Kunstverein, Heilbronn; “Ex USSR” Groninger Museum, Groningen

1993 “Adresse provisoire pour l’art contemporain Russe”. Musee de la Poste, Paris

1994 III Biennale of Graphic Art. Kaliningrad Art Gallery (I prize); “No! – and conformists”. The State Russian Museum, St.Petersburg

1995 “Кvartart for export”. LOMO depot, Vienna

1996 “The Moscow Studio, 1991-96, a retrospective”. The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

1998 “Book of an artist and a poet”. Center of Contemporary Art, Nizhny Novgorod

1999 “Art book”. State Pushkin Museum, Moscow; “Menschenbild 1”. Galerie Albrecht, Munchen

2000 “The view from here”. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

2001 “The view from here”. Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Hampton Roads, VA

2002 “0001”. Goethe Institute, Ankara

2004 “0002”. Goethe Institute, Ankara

2007 “New Angelarium”, Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA), Moscow

2009 Temptation”, Open Gallery, Moscow

2010 Male Principle”, Open Gallery, Moscow; “Memories and Dreams”. Open Gallery, Moscow

 

Collections

The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
The Pushkin Fine Arts Museum, Moscow
Groninger Museum, Groningen, Nederlands
Stella Art Foundation, Moscow
Wolfgang Wittock, Kunsthandel, Berlin-Dusseldorf, Germany

“Fall”. 2009. Acrylic on wood. 150 × 60

“Fall”. 2009. Acrylic on wood. 150 × 60

 From the Katharevousa series. Oil on paper. 108 x 84 cm.

From the Katharevousa series. Oil on paper. 108 x 84 cm.