Levan

 

I made “jellyfish” back in my native country, did not I?!” – a 23-years-old Georgian artist whose work will be exposed on Take Home a Nude at Sotheby’s NYC

“The reality is certain, the ideas and potential being of importance for our country are realized abroad; our capabilities mostly come to life far from home. Why? Let us ask ourselves to get an easy answer… it is just time for us to try to make things right!”

“Georgia will be able to destroy megaliths and kitsches not with legends, cuisine and the golden age, but with the existing reality and with a decisive relationship with the other world; we indeed have the sufficient potential”.

23-years-old Georgian artist, Levan Songulashvili, has received a widespread response.

The artist created “The Jellyfish” at 22, still back in Georgia. Levan’s drawings are kept in private collections of a number European, American and Asian artists. In 2014, he successfully enrolled at figurative art school, New York Academy of Art, founded by Andy Warhol. Levan is the first Georgian student ever who has studied in the university. He is a winner of the international education center’s scholarship. It is an interesting fact that the legendary Jeff Koons has offered him a job in his company at Manhattan. It is nice to hear that it was Levan whom Koons made his choice after he had examined the portfolios of many other applicants. The Georgian artist is planning to hold a conceptual exhibition in the future…

When talking with Levan, I found him not only a talented man, but the one who is thinking a lot about the fate of his country. He has his own vision as to how his country should develop in order to establish its own place on the world map:

I would like to extend a big thank you to everyone for their compliments! It is so nice to feel support from your compatriots in your country while you are oversees. It is worth welcoming if the government along with the community recognizes the role of art in raising the awareness of or helping the nation find its cultural place and establish important ties with the modern world, as well as to take adequate steps to further the building and development of required infrastructure…

Birth, life and death is an irrevocable cycle; the way we treat time and space is dependent on us. The same can be said about a country that cannot find its place in the modern world, finding a shelter under myths and a history, and escaping the present, making it impossible to create a future perspective.

It did not take me long to think to find my own mission. What was conceived in my childhood, had a meaning for the future, and then found itself developing further. To put it shortly, my mission is to contact the world through figurative art, which has various implications. Primarily, our figurative art should bring benefit to raising our consciousness and to opening new thinking space, which, at the same time, requires understanding of figurative language, with support from education system.

Exchange of ideas and a dialogue with both the western and eastern world is essential, and art is one of the most important bridges between. The process of implementing studies at an art institution should not serve the system itself, but development of students into creative, thinking personalities burdened with doubts and questions, so that they could become part of the civilized world and breathe new life into it through carrying out current international art processes in the post-Soviet Georgia, with  a view to raising the awareness of its citizens and making it more organic along with active cultural lifestyle.

What matters is not where you do your studies, but how free you become in your studies, how you keep in step with the natural, psychological or social rhythm, and how visible the invisible becomes.

Let alone educational institutions, it is the environment and change in cultural area that gives new knowledge and experience, providing you are capable to see and accept it. Therefore, exchange of educational programs is vital for the youth being hungry for knowledge.

Unfortunately, the reality is certain, the ideas and potential being of importance for our country are realized abroad; our capabilities mostly come to life far from home. Why? Let us ask ourselves to get an easy answer… it is just time for us to try to make things right! I do believe that should we unite for a common idea and think not about personal comfort, but about a common future and the way forward, and should we act knowingly, Georgia will be able to destroy megaliths and kitsches not with legends, cuisine and the golden age, but with the current reality and decisive relationship with the other world; we indeed have the sufficient potential.

I have a lot of plans for the future which would be useful as for my personal interests, so for those of my country. Currently, drawing has reached a wider dimension more as a figurative art than in a traditional perspective. It plays a critical role for forming and development of the society. Part of my plan is exactly to carry out international art programs in Georgia, to share knowledge and experience, and to let a fresh air flow in through active exchange of cultural ties jointly with my compatriots and foreign colleagues, which will, to some extent, help country to rediscover itself.

It is individuals and a small group of people that always made cultural changes in countries…even today, I know the people either in or out of Georgia who have immense potential to make a progress…and it is so critical to notice and support them!

Success is like a firework at night; it momentarily enchants, enraptures everyone and, at the end, we again find ourselves in front of the moon lit sky full of stars, we stop to look at and turn our back to it, which is far more impressive, fantastic and real… which is so close and so far…which was always by our side. I am walking in the central park and take my eyes off the monitor lit Time Square, group of people tied by a shell of wires, ready for the selfies, beyond which the spirit wonders. We hear what we want to hear, what we want to see, but a human born to be doomed for ontological solitude, needs a dialogue…

Let us not wait for others, let us try to have our own stance, and judge one another not according to status, but according to actual abilities of a person. I made “jellyfish” back in my native country, did not I?

 

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