Opening of two new exhibitions at Kim? Contemporary Art Centre

7 pm
Duration: 2017 12 15  - 2018 01 21

Kim? Contemporary Art Centre is honoured to invite you to the opening of two new exhibitions on Friday, December 15 from 7 to 10 pm: “Rubbings”, the first European solo show by American artist Kevin Beasley, and “The Guest”, a cabaret directed by Robertas Narkus and produced by Kim? and Autarkia.

“Where are my flip-flops?”, a lecture by Robertas Narkus, is scheduled for 8 pm.

Movement I: DEF/ACHE/ CRYSTALLINE/ SLEEVE, 2014; at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Photo Paula Court.

Movement I: DEF/ACHE/ CRYSTALLINE/ SLEEVE, 2014; at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Photo Paula Court.

Kevin Beasley

December 16 – January 21, 2018
The opening: from 7 to 10 pm, Friday, December 15

Kim? is honoured to present the first European solo exhibition by acclaimed American artist Kevin Beasley. For this exhibition, Beasley presents a constellation of objects, instruments and locally sourced artifacts embedded with microphones. Collecting the sounds of the space as visitors navigate the installation, the objects disperse atmospheric reverberations through speakers located in various rooms within the institution. Distinguishing between and amplifying aural and visual experiences, the artist establishes a sensory space for communal reflection.

The exhibition title “Rubbings” draws from the term used for a reproduction, or impression, of an image or texture created from overlain material such as paper rubbed with pencil or wax to transmit and relocate the underlying design. This transference of information is not unlike Beasley’s exploration of a locale’s cultural residue – the resounding effects of a site’s social, economic and geographic history on the temperament of the present. Incorporating nationalistic patterns and textures found at a local flea market into his ongoing series of resin sculptures, Beasley merges, layers, and extracts new meaning through material and bodily encounters.

Kevin Beasley (b. 1985, Lynchburg, VA) lives and works in New York. Beasley’s practice traverses sculpture, photography, sound and performance. The artist has been the subject of and participated in exhibitions internationally. In 2018, Beasley is slated to present solo exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. He is represented by Casey Kaplan in New York.

The exhibition is supported by the U.S. Embassy in Riga


Cabaret, directed by Robertas Narkus produced by Autarkia and Kim?

December 16 – January 21, 2018
The opening: from 7 to 10 pm, Friday, December 15

“The Guest” is a cabaret directed by Robertas Narkus & produced by Autarkia with contributions by Rainyr Askher, Gints Gabrāns, Kipras Garla, Antanas Gerlikas, Laura Kaminskaitė, Žygimantas Kudirka, Nerijus Rimkus, Antanas Skučas, and others. “The Guest” cabaret invites you to reimagining the near future as promised by sci-fi entrepreneurs. Since the artificial intelligence took over solving the problems of the economy, philosophy, scientific progress and politics, since the clash of classes is over, all secretes of the universe are solved, everything is for free, produced at automatic factories, grown in self-sustainable farms, and delivered by soft six fingered hands. One looks around – everyone is an artist, designer, DJ, model, philosopher, startupper, plumber or visionary.

Autarkia (est. 2016, Vilnius) is an artist day care center, a club of interests, an office for putative experiences and imaginary solutions. A bistro of experimental gastronomy, gallery and project development hotel is inviting to prepare for the future already today.

Kim? Contemporary Art Centre
Sporta 2 k-1, LV-1013, Riga /

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December 8, 2017
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