The Wisdom of Lies

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Seven Songs of Kartveli

Expedition
Film by The Museum of Jurassic Technology

This past year the Museum’s film crew traversed the countryside of Georgia. While utilizing specialized 3-D film contrivances and custom built technical equipment, the crew engaged with local inhabitants, performing artists and artisans. The film crew from the Museum of Jurassic Technology has accomplished the great task of editing the footage gathered during their travels into a beautiful stereo rendering of Georgian life. In its final form the film consists of seven chapters illuminating the tales once told by the seventeenth century Georgian lexicographer and fabulist, Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani. Born into a prestigious dynasty of Georgian nobility, Orbeliani lived out his days educating royalty. Well known for compiling the first extant dictionary in the Georgian language, Orbeliani also wrote a collection of instructive fables directed toward his pupil and nephew, King Vakhtang VI. The films are collectively entitled The Book of Wisdom and Lies, or The Wisdom of Lies, referencing this great work of mythology composed by Orbeliani. The debut of the film will be the inaugural screening in Fest i Nova 2010 as part of the American Pavilion program, paving a new path of film-making in this medium, moving into less traditional modes of presentation.

Seeing-Being-Dwelling

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“Wonderland Paintings with Gregg’s art-bike, cubes, and chairs”

Gregg Fleishman and Nana Tchitchoua present new works in the exhibition Seeing-Being-Dwelling, a mixed-media exploration of the world around us, the world within us and our situation with regard to them both.

Nana Tchitchoua’s new drawings and paintings are vibrant with life, luminous kaleidoscopes romantically intertwining humans and wildlife. Her work offers us a visual embrace on the way to an inner world, an up close and personal experience with birds and animals. Textural stencil works made from scraps comprise the graphic environments – a magical coexistence of elements.

As a continuing theme of the previous collaborative exhibitions such as The Kindergarten for All Agesî, the new works presented in Seeing-Being-Dwelling seek to navigate cultural divisions and fixed boundaries in order to discover ways of simpler and better living. This exhibition is dedicated to all the glimmers of awareness, possible solutions, and constructive approaches.

Opening reception: Sunday, June 14, 2009


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A Million Little Pieces

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I was introduced to the work of Nana (Nanuka) Tchitchoua  recently and couldn’t be more pleased. Her puzzle piece installations are based on her own mixed heritage and cultural struggle yet maintain the lightheartedness whimsy of a favorite childhood memory. Clearly influenced by the Dadaists, her eclectic work is being shown currently at the Gregg Fleishman Studios (who’s work is worth a peek on it’s own merit) in Culver City, Ca.

A Million Little Pieces

The Kindergarten for all Ages

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Other ‘Zones‘ II: The Garden and The Cube

Gregg Fleishman, Nana Tchitchoua and Rachel Portenstein

Gregg Fleishman Studio is pleased to (re)-present Other ‘Zones’ II: The Garden and The Cube, ‘an exhibition in progress’
considering the intersection of architecture and visual arts. The Culver City based artists Gregg Fleishman, Nana Tchitchoua
and Rachel Portenstein, translate their collaborative fusion into an exhibition of social/architectural experiment centered
around interactive puzzle paintings, 3-dimensional scale models, a full size cube (shelter system), a play structure, labyrinth
and wonderland paintings and hanging paper sculptures. The space is a fantastic environment of harmony, playfulness and thoughtful
investigation into the future in a call for radical reconstruction.

  Gregg Fleishman's work redefines structures in playful expressions of geometrical harmony. He constructs structural skeletons, 
  grounded in real world conditions and meant to provoke new ways of living. These noble buildings are held together in scale and 
  character by Fleishman's unique elaboration on joints concentrated and harmoniously fitting together. In addition to structures 
  and models, the exhibition space is adorned with his dignified signature "SCULPT C H A I R S" that have been previously exhibited 
  worldwide and grace the collections of MOMA, the Yale University Art Galleries, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

The Garden and The Cube is not installed in a uniform manner throughout the gallery but instead is conceived as a variety of
experiences. The sort of questions raised by the cross-fertilization of archi-art seeks to circumnavigate the boundaries of space
and time by the creation of interdisciplinary objects that are modular, portable and transformative in their nature. The exhibition
is both a social/architectural experiment and an analogy with games advocating new modes of survival and living experimentally to
transform social relations by manipulating space and time. The KinderGarten for All Ages.

opening reception : Wednesday, July 4, 2007, 7:00pm