“In the exhibition “Black Sea” 68 Projects presented black and white philosophical approach to painting by Levan Songulashvili.
The motives and emotional medium is water, its energy, its depth and intangibility, its fire, its colors. The elixir of life that, like the air we breathe, is fleeting and unfathomable, yet unlike air – leaves no more than a wet glow upon the skin. Water that is colorless and yet reflects all colors. Water that creates fertility, quenches thirst; and the fire that purifies, carries and floods us, that stands still or flows to the sea, which is never the same when we dive in it. Part of the myth of life and the hereafter that erases the memory and yet stores all memory as it flows through the layers of rock.
The depths of the oil paintings of the young Georgian artist Levan Songulashvili, evoke the underworld and the River Styx, where marsh plants and jellyfish (French ‘Méduse’, German ‘Quallen’) surround the dead, translating the remnants of organic existence into their own to embrace and devour.
Both at home in Tbilisi and in New York, he was Artist in Residence of Galerie Kornfeld / 68projects in Berlin for three months, where four large-format oil paintings were created and exhibited as a continuation of his STYX series. They show a mythologist and mystic at work, whose fantastically hovering instrument, whether feather, pen or brush, always probes into the depth, the secret, where all colors go out in these works of art. An Opheliaesque woman’s head depicts a barely recognizable form of a female body on its face – an unobtrusive quote from the history of art (Magritte), which is as present in his pictures as the myths, like those of figures from religion or poetry.
In Levan Songulashvili’s work everything is revealed and made visible; including colors that meld into the shadowy, suggestive, changeable, and back to that dreamlike realm where knowledge and ignorance, where the conscious, half-conscious and unconscious, flow under water.
Songulashvili is one of the most promising contemporary artists of today.”
— Dr. Marleen Stoessel
Works by Levan Songulashvili presented an exploration on the theme of water at a Berlin contemporary art venue. Some of the latest works in Songulashvili’s STYX series took up the space of 68 Projects, a space by Galerie Kornfeld, for the display “Black Sea”.
The exhibition highlighted Songulashvili’s artistic themes on jellyfish and underwater world, exhibited at galleries in the United States, Europe and Georgia over the recent years.
His representation of colours and visibility was noted by the Berlin gallery in the event preview that praised the young creative as:
“one of the most promising contemporary artists of today”.
Part of the artist’s works within STYX will also be displayed in an upcoming exhibition at the Tbilisi-based ERTI Gallery starting next month.
Curated by Mark Gisbourne, former president of the British Art Critics Association, the Tbilisi display will run alongside the 68projects event that is set to conclude on April 20, 2018.
Located opposite the Kornfeld venue on Berlin’s Fasanenstrasse, 68projects is a “150 square metre artist project space” in the capital city, where Songulashvili spent three months working within art residency at the gallery, creating large-scale oil paintings of the STYX series.