Vernissage Gallery presents
SERAPION VATSADZE BLACK AND WHITE AESTHETIC
accompanied by the gallery catalogue.
'I’ve heard that in the remote past, when manuscripts were highly valued, scribes and painters would apply their texts or paintings over others’. This is how palimpsests were created. I’ve thought a lot about it, or maybe dreamed a lot. Anyway, whatever you call it – daydreaming or contemplation – it gave me immense pleasure.
It’s such a delight to think about a conversation you have overheard or glimpsed. You don’t know the beginning or the end; you just let your mind wander freely - towards an adventure, a mystery, a love story…
I’ve heard that nothing is ever lost or wasted. What anyone like me, or maybe better than me, has ever done will surely come back to light someday somewhere, even if it has been overlaid with what someone else has done. And even if we can only grasp a tiny bit of their thoughts, they are not lost – those who are like me or maybe better – and we can endlessly think about them and about those seemingly useless and meaningless words once thought, written or uttered by someone who found them soul-stirring – someone like me or better.
I too have heard these words, erstwhile, in some old movies, and have even seen those people, in the flesh, on a flickering black-and-white screen. But I can’t figure out, can’t remember who said what – and I think this is the way it should be.
What does matter is that I love those words, and the women and men who stand, sit, feel happy and feel sad on those very sheets that were once found useless, and I can get indulged in long and delightful thoughts over what those sheets are: a palimpsest or just a joke.'
Exhibition will be on view from October 3rd till November 1st.