37.1 x 30.9 cm (framed)
25 x 18 cm (unframed)
Gouache and pen on paper, framed
This is a unique work, hand-signed by the artist on the back of the paper.
The work comes float-mounted in a bespoke oak frame, fitted with museum glass for UV protection.
References abound in the work of Karlo Kacharava, whose perspectives were global long before the 1991 independence of his native Georgia from the Soviet Union. Across paintings and drawings, he splices borderless narratives both fictional and real to picture a world sprawling with connections. Ida Applebroog’s storyboards and Mario Sironi’s shadows; titans of German Expressionism and American Pop Art; the theories of Mikhail Bakunin; the poetry of Theodor Däubler; the novels of Patrick Modiano; the films of Rainer Werner Fassbinder; the lyrics of Nick Cave. Each citation becomes a vehicle and protagonist in Kacharava’s intricate network, which ambivalently stakes Tbilisi as a dislocated cultural nexus. Featuring tousled subjects and annotated with Latin and Georgian scripts, his spirited images weave stories at once particular and universal, of anarchy, longing, and hope.