Modern Art is pleased to announce our first exhibition of Karlo Kacharava’s work, curated by Sanya Kantarovsky and Scott Portnoy.
Karlo Kacharava’s (1964−1994) short-lived yet oceanic body of work took shape in Tbilisi, Georgia against the backdrop of the loosening cultural boundaries afforded by the Glasnost-era Soviet Union of the 1980’s and the subsequent financial and political groundlessness of the post-Soviet 1990’s.
His prolific output of drawing, painting, poetry and art criticism galvanized an orbit of young Georgian artists and thinkers, and continues to exert notable influence on emerging Georgian art in the present day. His inventive visual world frequently reflects an almost adolescent angst, punctuated by a fandom of a broad gamut of western culture ranging from the likes of Nick Cave and Susan Sontag to comic books and cinema. Yet there is something more specific to the project than fanning out. It’s as though the work — by reconstituting names and references for their glyphic, pictorial dimension — brings into sharp relief a nexus of desire, access, power and ownership. There is an articulated dissonance between the need to establish a ground of one’s own whilst acknowledging an anxiety of influence from a slowly leaking, sprawling, forbidden and exotic word centred on individual expression and self-actualization.