Soulpeek

A review of the exhibition Didn’t Have Wi-Fi So I Started to Paint, 14.10-29.10.2016, C.C. von Stritzky villa During the time when my Internet disappears, I usually read. Luckily, network problems are rare, and even then I can still use

The gods have left…

When thinking about the new series of exhibitions at the ‘kim?’ contemporary art centre,[1] which opened on 26 October, and, more broadly, about the current situation with art, the following words came to mind: “The gods have left.” Actually, it

A Pumpkin’s Universe

The name of the exhibition by Ieva Jurjāne, displayed at Alma gallery (October 19th – November 17th 2016),  in English might also sound like this: Life is Still. Then the word-play inherent in it would become more obvious. However, it

A NORTHERN SATELLITE (RE)VISITING

(In)visible Dreams and Streams An exhibition of Nordic and Baltic Art Bergs Bazaar, Riga, Latvia 15.09 – 04.10, 2016 Contemporary Art Center in Vilnius, Lithuania 03.12.2016 – 08.01.2017  (Un)comfortable Anniversaries  There is something ‘old-fashioned’ about a noisy birthday celebration; a

Latvian Contemporary Art Classics

Exhibition Light at the End of the Cable. Latvian Art in the Digital Era. Works from the state-owned collection of the future Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art (curator Helēna Demakova), Latvian Railway History Museum, 27.09–18.10.2016 While the Latvian Museum of

The Ruins of Conservatism Standing On the Remnants of Liberalism. Sculpture Quadrennial Riga 2016

The Sculpture Quadrennial Riga has been running since 1972. At first, its goal was to display the latest works by sculptors from the Baltic soviet republics. Since 2004, the quadrennial has been organised by the Centre for Art Management and

Exercises in Perfection

Gymnastics has always seemed a serious enterprise to me. On my way to yoga classes some time ago, I used to regularly pass by a space one floor below where gymnasts trained. Unlike racket sports, which I had always felt

The Armature of Uncertain Situations

A review of Evita Vasiļjeva’s publication if you can’t, engage (published by kim? Contemporary Art Centre, 2016) “A book is a piece of architecture. We enter by opening its door, or title page, and move through it by turning the

…that little phrase by Vinteuil…

“What can be shown, cannot be said.” (Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, 4.1212)   Halfway between the Contemporary Landscape exhibition at the Cēsis Art Festival, and Vienna’s ambitious claim to have hosted the first large-scale exhibition representing painting in the information age (the

E-motional trips by Ieva Epnere

… the experience itself has a satisfying emotional quality because it possesses internal integration and fulfillment reached through ordered and organized movement. This artistic structure may be immediately felt (John Dewey, Art as Experience). [1] These days, the emotional experience