WOOD, IRON AND CLAY
25 FEB – 30 MAR, 2022
The exhibition space of the CROSTY CONCEPT STORE is hosting experimental works by contemporary Georgian artist Luka Tsetskhladze created during the last 6 years.
The exhibition consists of seven works, each of which is a discovery made during different periods of his creativity and represents a stage in this process. The artist’s inspiration often comes from materials: particularly wood, metal and clay.
Luca’s work is a combination of different goals, periodically changing tasks, evolving his style, forming visions and sometimes abandoning them. An experimental approach and the discoveries this allows are the main features of his creativity.
Luka believes that freedom is the desire to be independent. To get rid of the ideals of mainstream life—academic records and compulsive work. That we must transform our life by giving it more importance and meaning than just daily existence.
“Too much freedom will put you in an existential state, but in this condition, you give meaning to life, and that meaning becomes art.”
The artist is especially interested in the process of creating artwork, as it is different from all other activities. It is an opportunity for him to create an alternative reality, a mystical experience in which life is more interesting. Making art is a natural need for him—an inner necessity.
“It is possible to get out of the basic states of life through creative processes.” Sculptures are created to be generalized, but they acquire shapes familiar to the visitor. It is important that the author leaves free space for visitors to think independently, and does not prescribe too much about the artwork, as they themselves come into contact with the viewer.
All Luka’s works have a different concept. Each of them is a different stage of the author’s creative research. The artist does not avoid experiments and works in a variety of media. He thinks that freedom is important for the artist because it makes the creative process more interesting.
This belief translates into the additional importance his materials and pieces take on. The relief sculptures on the wall, which will replace CROSTY’s inscription—”Freedom”—during the exhibition, will themselves become the idea of freedom and the initiators of free thought in visitors.
Curated by Kati Arsenishvili