Storefront Project Space
September 12, 2015 – November 21, 2015
Saturday, November 21, 6:30-7:30pm
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Art in General
is pleased to present The Echoes
, a New Commission by Nino Chubinishvili aka Chubika in the Storefront Project Space. The exhibition is presented as part of the International Collaborations program in partnership with the Center for Contemporary Art, Tbilisi, Georgia, and will mark the artist’s first institutional solo exhibition in the United States.
Integrating her diverse background in costuming and successful career as a fashion designer, Chubika’s artistic practice blends sculptural and theatrical elements with wearable utility. She maps the plasticity and expressive potentialities of unconventional materials onto familiar objects, distancing them from associations with passive consumption. The artist’s affective installations, sculptures, animations, and collaborative performances aim to transmit spiritual ideas at a subconscious level, where performative objects reveal hidden messages over time. Her work’s relationship to metaphor is an embodied and self-reflexive one, best absorbed subliminally by those who occupy the garments or installations.
Chubika sees objects that adorn the body as visual signifiers or archetypes of a collective unconscious, tools for navigating the space between ideals and reality. The Echoes
takes an emotive approach to animating both the personal and political, reflecting on Georgia’s fight for independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, while also addressing the artist’s personal journey during that period of monumental transition. Using mirrors and other reflective materials, Chubika activates Art in General’s Storefront Project Space to evoke the dual perspectives of a historical event, the conceptual and muscle memories that are continuously formed and reformed.
Nino Chubinishvili aka Chubika
lives and works in Tbilisi, Georgia. She received a degree in Stage and Costume Design from the Academy of Fine Arts in Tbilisi and a post-graduate degree in Fashion Design from the Institute Francais de la Mode in Paris. Chubika has recently been included in exhibitions at the Georgian National Museum, Tbilisi (2014); Weltkunstzimmer, Düsseldorf (2014); Artarea, Tbilisi (2013); Cobra Museum, Amsterdam (2009); and Artisterium, Tbilisi (2008). In 2014, Chubika collaborated with choreographer Julie Nioche on a dance performance for the annual Avignon Festival in Avignon, France. She has worked with multiple fashion houses including Kenzo and Pierre Cardin, and designed costumes for theater companies throughout Georgia.
Saturday, September 12, 6–8pm
Art in General
was founded in Lower Manhattan in 1981 and supports the production of new work by local and international artists primarily through its New Commissions Program and its International Collaborations program. Art in General also produces an annual symposium What Now? on critical and timely issues in artistic and curatorial practice.
of Art in General is provided by General Hardware Manufacturing Inc.; the Institute of Museum and Library Services; the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Ruth Ivor Foundation; The Greenwich Collection; the Cowles Foundation; Toby D. Lewis Donor Advised Fund of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland; and by individuals. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
The New Commissions Program
is made possible by the Trust for Mutual Understanding; National Endowment for the Arts; Jerome Foundation and the Milton and Sally Avery Foundation. Support has also been provided by Commissioners’ Circle leaders Jeffery Larsen and Joseph Bolduc; Commissioners’ Circle supporter Cher Lewis, and Commissioners’ Circle members Roya Khadjavi-Heidari, Mary Lapides, Richard Massey, Ron and Lucille Neeley, and Leslie Ruff.
Special support for this New Commission has been provided by the Trust for Mutual Understanding.