To coincide with London’s Frieze week – one of the world’s most influential and exciting celebrations of contemporary art– leading curator Ellen Nash is proud to present a new exhibition of artworks by acclaimed artist Georgii Uvs. Taking place at The Vinyl Factory between 13 – 17 October Abstract Intuitionism follows on from the artist’s hugely successful UK debut show at Saatchi Gallery and retrospective at Gallery 8 in 2019 and explores a newly-founded concept that has never been used or embraced before in the art world.
Georgii Uvs’ profound artworks reflect his experimentation and commitment to his philosophical beliefs and fascination of intuitiveness within artistic activity. Intuitionism refers to a movement in philosophy that recognises intuition as the most reliable means of understanding. As a modern-day artist born into a world with several millennia of art history and genius of past experts, Georgii Uvs believes that only philosophy can relate and create art in the 21st Century.
For the first time in the history of fine art, an artist does not dictate, but is instead led by the nature and freedom of colours. As part of the artist’s unique ‘live’ painting technique, he pours paint onto un-stretched canvases laid horizontally on the studio floor, relying on the uses of different densities of paint and pigments which he manipulates in different ways without ever touching the surface of the painting. Uvs’ abstract works are a result of his masterful techniques that he has developed over four decades with each work taking 3-4 years to dry. Both eternal and exclusive, Uvs’ works take on a life of their own and cannot be copied or repeated.
These works in Uvs’ recent scope of work showcase how the artist began to prioritise sensual and intellectual intuition in his work, and as such has since gone on to write the first manifesto on the subject of Abstract Intuitionism. Georgii Uvs comments: “The artist no longer dictates. He obeys the colors, existing only to serve them and enhance their strength. Artwork is no longer intended to merely portray objects or emotions, instead it urges viewers to tap into their repressed subconscious, summoning man’s primal sensorial system, thereby revealing a collective understanding of the archetypal visual language. The beauty of “abstract intuitionism” is not momentary but rather eternal. Similar to ‘intuition’, the art of “abstract intuitionism” lives at the junction of the physiological (material) and psychological world. We keep this art alive through a one-time, subconscious inference based on our desire to understand our surroundings by way of increased self-awareness, thorough insight, imagination, empathy and our a priori experiences. It engenders within us a feeling that implores perspective based on experience and knowledge, even if one cannot explain how said knowledge was obtained. This equation is the source of “abstract intuitionism” creations.
A reflection of his era, Georgii Uvs’ art is a crude depiction of his time; it was in 20th Century England where intuitionism became an independent trend in philosophy and it was this movement that has inspired the artist’s unique qualities within his art which has paved the way for “Abstract Intuitionism”. Through Abstract Intuitionism Georgii Uvs uses philosophy as a vehicle for artists to truly appreciate the artistic paradigms. By working within a new framework, this new exhibition shows how ‘concept’ prevails over ‘form’ while illustrating how his art renders him a philosopher.
Ellen Nash, Curator of Abstract Intuitionism, comments: “Georgii UVS’s spontaneous paintings urge viewers to delve into themselves and reach deep within the subconscious, to uncover primitive sensations and reveal the collective sense of the archetypal visual language. Uvs’ art explores freedom, divergence and convergence, and illustrates a powerful myriad of raw emotion and behavior that possessed his body and soul during the act of creating.”
Georgii Uvs: Abstract Expressionism opens at The Vinyl Factory from 12th – 17th October 2021 during London’s Frieze week.