An uncanny framing: Thea Djordjadze at Sprüth Magers
In an exhibition that plays with the existing architecture of Sprüth Magers’s London gallery space, artist Thea Djordjadze has created a series of sculptures that use the language of furniture & design to present something altogether more uncanny and unusual.

From London’s Grafton street, a glance through the decorative 18th century shopfront window of Sprüth Magers gallery reveals an interior architectural scene much colder, starker, and minimal. German-Georgian artist Thea Djordjadze has distributed her uncanny and situational works across the gallery spaces in the show framing yours framing mine, a selection of pieces that carry the appearance of domestic and street furniture but withhold function and practicality.

Djordjadze works with everyday materials to create spatial assemblages, often drawing aesthetically from product and architectural design to create hybrid and indeterminate objects. Here, the artist has covered up and partly hidden the historic interior of Sprüth Magers, transforming it into a monochromatic white and grey, even turning the historic wooden floor into a flatness that seamlessly turns into wall and ceiling. Some details remain however, including the grand shopfront window, and the artist has used these in relation to the arrangement of works.

An historic fireplace and hearth sit as if one of the new sculptural interjections, a print on the mantel is set off-centre, not by accident. The arched transom window above an internal door now assumes a sculptural importance when situated next to Djordjadze’s metal rectangular panels and a tent-like floor piece. The artist arranges her works and arrangements right up until the last minute, deeply considering the space of display and how connections can be drawn between the historic existing and temporarily inserted.

The space carries a feeling of luxury fashion store, with metal tray-like wall sculptures reading as if ready to display haute couture and an aluminium slab looking like it might be a minimal, austere bench to perch on when trying the newest Balenciaga shoes. Leaning against the wall, slightly concealed, is even a shirt, further suggesting an overlap with spaces of consumer display, but it is entrapped within metal wire, as if to keep the comparison safely at a distance.

framing yours framing mine is a mix of works first shown at a 2023 exhibition at WIELS, Brussels, newly arranged and supplemented with newer works designed to respond to the ongoing themes and particularities of Sprüth Magers’ space. As such, these are less a hang of discrete art objects, but rather the entire space, and it’s subtle spatial and colour transformation, is a single artwork. It is a three-dimensional sculpture in which the longer a visitor dwells, the uncannier and more unusual its details appear.

Thea Djordjadze (*1971, Tbilisi) lives and works in Berlin. Selected solo exhibitions include WIELS, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Brussels (2023), Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain (MAMC), Saint-Etienne (2022), Gropius Bau, Berlin (2021), Kunst Museum Winterthur (2019), Portikus, Frankfurt (2018), Pinakothek der Moderne, Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, Munich (2017), Secession Wien, Vienna (2016), MoMA PS1, New York (2016), South London Gallery (2015), MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA (2014), Aspen Art Museum, CO (2013), Malmö Konsthall (2012), The Common Guild Glasgow (2011), Kunsthalle Basel (2009) and Kunstverein Nürnberg/Albrecht Dürer Gesellschaft, Nuremberg (2008). In addition, important group exhibitions include Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel (2023), Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2022), Tai Kwun-Centre for Heritage and Arts, Hongkong (2020), Deichtorhallen Hamburg (2019), Triennale di Milano (2017), Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich (2017), 56th Venice Biennale (2015), Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2014), 55th Venice Biennale (2013), Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2013), documenta 13, Kassel (2012), Sculpture Center, New York (2011), Hayward Gallery, London (2010) and the 5th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (2008).


framing yours framing mine by Thea Djordjadze is on at Sprüth Magers in London until 28 March.
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All images Thea Djordjadze framing yours making mine. Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, February 23–March 28, 2024 © Thea Djordjadze / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2024. Photos: Ben Westoby

publication date
25 March 2024

Design, Furniture, Thea Djordjadze, Metal, Minimal, Monochrome, Sculpture, Sprüth Magers