June 10, 2023
July 29, 2023
21 rue des Vertus, 75003 Paris
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My voice suspended in the air

Tornike Robakidze

It’s like edging till the end of time.

Edging the orgasm of death.

Edging the end of love.

Edging in pastel and watercolor.

The fog has failed to release him.

While shoe-gazing death, he’s been walking his skull on a leash, as if it were a dog.

It would roll into puddles of rainwater, into mud, into the gutter, into the sea, bash into trees.

It would roll through the meadows so wide open that their vastness would make the skull shiver.

When frightened, the skull would rise above the heads, convulse and shine like an ironic beacon—an infernal torch of satanic grace.

Suspended in the air—the existential crisis of death.

He would drag it and drag it to the very edge, the edge of her, the edge of you, all the way to the blurry edges of his consciousness—losing control in slow motion.

Fire of his mind.

The flames burn un-rushed.

Embers are starting to fly up to the sky.

He is listening to their sound until warm darkness soaks his eyes.

He is moving from room to room. He sits on his bed, smokes a cigarette.

The smoke is heavily hanging in the air, so still.

Over he goes to the window and looks out into the bright summer night, so warm, full moon—small and white, trees bending and then as his arm goes up to touch the last flying ember…he thought he heard her whisper. It happens all the time.

The voice suspended in the air.

He can smell something—that wound from two years ago opens, the decaying memories ooze out.

“Did she love me for that which destroys me?”

The violence creeps up—violence in slow motion.

The blades of his dreams.

The flames of his mind.  

The dust of his thoughts.

The shadows of his eyes.

The birds and swans are singing, then dying in squeaking pain as his heart is being stabbed without a knife.

His body is leaving his own, so often.

“Hold my hand”, she said.

He tried to reach out for it, but it vanished. She vanished. It all vanished.

And he goes out at three in the morning to start his search for her.

As if he had dreamt a place where she would be standing, he goes to that place and waits for her.

What does she look like?

And how will he know when he sees her?

Her face is pasted on the underside of his mind.

But as the long summer shadows fall, he cannot find her anywhere.

Nowhere left to turn an ineffectual mortal spasm, the only alternative to murder.

So he is edging till the end of time.

Seeing things.

Hearing things.

Screaming things, with his tongue out, tied.  

As the iridescence of the day comes, the monks are in ecstasy.

Standing on top of heaps of human bones, self flagellating with massive grins on their faces, singing Dies Irae.

He stares at them as he is feeling that the summer will last eternity and a day.

“Love is a state of infinite detail.” (1)

He wakes, the skull is stuck in his new lover’s throat, just above her pendant.

He tries to get it out.

Then decides to just leave it in for a little bit longer.

He kisses her lips, but they are not the lips he wants to kiss.

He then slowly gets his skull out, puts it back on a leash and continues edging the orgasm of death, edging the death of love which never dies.

(1) Tornike Robakidze

21 rue des Vertus, 75003 Paris
Jun 10, 2023
Jul 29, 2023
Gallery hours
Tuesday — Saturday, 2pm to 7pm
TORNIKE ROBAKIDZE (b. 1995 in Tbilsi, Georgia. Lives and works in Tbilsi, Georgia)

Represented by Lo Brutto Stahl

Tornike Robakidze applies his particular quotidian concern for the experience of life caught between dreaming and reality. He borrows signs and symbols from these states of being in order to capture the familiar and leverage it to his own end. Robaqidze thus slinks around in the shadows, capturing stills from life and filtering them onto the picture plane. He privileges color to color without the foundation of outlines, thus invoking his own penchant for nebulousness. Like the vacillation of saloon doors, his compositions swing back and forth between concrete semiotics and ambiguous interpretations.
Text by Reilly Davidson

Tornike Robakidze studied at the Georgian Technical University, Faculty of Architecture, Tbilisi, Georgia from 2013 to 2017, before continuing his Master studies at the State Academy of Arts in Tbilisi, Faculty of Fine Arts, Tbilisi, Georgia until 2019.

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