Reflections on Dissolution

Jānis Avotiņš’ solo exhibition Wanderers in Space-time (curator Sniedze Kāle), Mūkusala Art Salon, 3 February–11 March 2017 A rare opportunity to see artworks mostly circulated outside Latvia makes this show stand out within Riga’s exhibition scene. While Latvian art is

The metaphorical extinction of Latvia

Review of the exhibition ‘To My Homeland’ by Ivars Drulle Gallery Alma, 30.11.2016.-20.01.2017. Ivars Drulle’s exhibition To My Homeland invites his countrymen and foreigners alike to take a look at a theme no one really wants to discuss, think about

Beyond a Terra Incognita, on both Sides of the External. Under the Skin: a Contemporary Art and Experimental Music Project

Time sometimes happens to stand still. A sequence of spectacles turns into a long sharp-tailed train. Terribly swollen itch-mites suck out each allusion to any possible transcendence from every breath. In a situation of representational crisis, the surface terrain is

Caution: Family. Risk of Explosion!

Rasa Jansone, Families. Mummy Has a Hump. The Child’s Playing for Power. Daddy’s Protected by Someone. Cēsis Exhibition Hall from November 25th to December 31st. When wandering among these large-format portraits – all of them so charged and full of

Enlightenment in Time of the Dead

Often when intense fall commences and autumn enters its darkest days and nights, many towns and cities across the world embark on celebrating the festival of light. In October and November in Latvia, this period of contemplation is also known

Paintings that have nothing and need nothing

The first time I saw the work of Linas Jusionis wasn’t so long ago. While browsing and creating a virtual collection of the art I liked on the art website www.artsy.net, my eyes became accidentally drawn towards a piece by

Noise Visions by Mihkel Kleis

Saturday, three o´clock in the afternoon. Arriving at the Temnikova & Kasela Gallery after a short walk by the central market in a cold rainy Tallinn seems misleadingly calming. The warmly smiling gallerist has also just arrived and opened the doors to

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

Three years, three venues: Contemporary Art Centre Vilnius meets Tallinn Art Hall

Random Rapid Heartbeats curated by Kęstutis Kuizinas (LT) is open in Tallinn Art Hall 22.10–04.12.2016. The way in which art is represented as a body of art itself – if not even higher – has risen almost to an equal

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