'A Very Small Window' curated by Kaspars Groševs at Kim?

2019 06 20 — 2019 08 04 at kim? Contemporary Art Centre
Author Echo Gone Wrong
Published in Events in Latvia

Kim? announces opening of a group exhibition A Very Small Window curated by the new program director Kaspars Groševs. The exhibition brings together Finnish artist Jaakko Pallasvuo, Turkish artist Bora Akinciturk and two Latvian artists Evita Vasiljeva and Viktor Timofeev in a visual and spatial conversation, unfolding ways in which artists can collaborate beyond limitations of language. The opening takes place on June 20 at 6pm and the exhibition will be on view until August 4.

When Colin De Land (1955–2003), founder and director of American Fine Arts, Co., was asked “why the gallery did not produce press releases, and he explained that there was a very small window of time in which the visual work of art is experienced before this perception is inevitably shaped by language, and this window should be kept open as long as possible: that we should resist prematurely foreclosing the meaning derived from the visual, resisting as long as possible channeling the viewer’s experience through the strictures of language”. (Jackie McAllister, August 2003).

The exhibition “A Very Small Window” is the first exhibition by the new Kim? programme director Kaspars Groševs in his capacity as a curator, and it includes Latvian artists Viktor Timofeev and Evita Vasiļjeva, along with the Turkish artist Bora Akinciturk and the Finnish artist Jaakko Pallasvuo. A Very Small Window, is an open organism, and it might as well stand for a silent movie or a sandwich from Renaissance – the exhibited artworks wink at each other, crack, fidget and slide in-between the arches inviting the viewers to leave vowels and consonants behind to open a small or a medium-sized window, a pretty large window, or even a huge window. The windows hiding behind the white walls are vibrating full of warm air, just like dancing butterflies dissolving in concrete dust and finally settling on the garments and hard-working hands reaching out for what is long gone. The vibrating air “imitates the way nature makes a space and puts lots of things in it, heavy and light, little and big, all related, yet each affecting all the others” (Merce Cunningham, 1952).

A voice (off): To the North, nothing.
To the South, nothing.
To the East, nothing.
To the West, nothing.
In the centre, nothing.
The curtain falls. End of Act One
(Georges Perec, 1974)

At the opening, the artworks and the space will vibrate to a performance by Nihiti, a project by Viktor Timofeev and Arthur Purvis (USA).

Curated by: Kaspars Groševs

Evita Vasiljeva (b. 1985, Riga, Latvia) is a Latvian artist based in Amsterdam and Riga who works primarily in sculpture and installation. The objects she creates use basic materials used in construction, old electronics, and other relics of the urban landscape. Their significance is cryptic, and up to interpretation while formally they set up a stage in space to interact between each other and their surroundings. Recent exhibitions have taken place in: gallery Wschod, Warsaw; gallery Litost, Prague; gallery Lower.Green, Norwich; Tallinn Art Hall; Nest, Den Hague; Fondation Ricard, Paris; Lustwarande, Tilburg; Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga; P/////AKT, Amsterdam..

Viktor Timofeev (b. 1984, Riga, Latvia). Recent exhibitions: God Room, Alyssa Davis Gallery, New York (USA); Stairway To Melon, kim? Contemporary Art Center, Riga (LV); Porcelain, Sydney, Sydney (AUS), S.T.A.T.E., Drawing Room, London, (UK). Select group exhibitions include A Barbarian In Paris, Fondation Ricard, Paris (FR); Somewhere In Between, Bozar, Brussels (BE); HAPPINESS, Cordova, Barcelona (ES); Portable Landscapes, Latvian National Museum of Art (LV).

Bora Akinciturk (b. 1982, Ankara, Turkey). Lives and works in London. Selected exhibitions include (applause), Pilevneli Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey, 2019; SKEE, in collaboration with Iain Ball, narrative projects, London, UK, 2019; Egg Punk Karaoke, 427, Riga, Latvia, 2018; VIBRANT MATURITY® 7+ ADULT SHOW, in collaboration with Ville Kallio, Futura, Prague, The Czech Republic, Keep Smiling is The Art of Living, Alyssa Davis Gallery, New York, USA, 2017; We’re All Dead, We Just Don’t Know It Yet, Ultrastudio, Pescara, Italy, 2017; Fallen Angels, in collaboration with Noemi Merca, Komplot, Brussels, Belgium, 2017. His band Fino Blendax, in collaboration with Ahmet Öğüt has performed at: The ICA, London; Chisenhale Gallery, London; VanAbbe Museum, Eindhoven; The 56th Venice Biennale, Creative Time Summit: The Night Art Made the Future Visible 2015.

Jaakko Pallasvuo (b. 1986, Helsinki, Finland) makes videos, texts, performances and installations that explore the anxieties of being alive now, and the prospect of living in some possible future. In recent years Pallasvuo’s work has been presented at The New York Film Festival, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Kunsthalle St. Gallen and Jupiter Woods, among other places.