‘Tastes Like headaches’ at kim? Contemporary Art Centre

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Exhibition view. ‘Tastes Like headaches’ at kim? Contemporary Art Centre, 2017

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“Fragile reverie bleaches the real and paints over it, washed out, without depth, in thin, contiguous layers, a somnolent world into which the dreamer sinks and is lost,” wrote Jean-Luc Nancy about the dream, the “fine thread” of which “entraps in the way a spider holds prisoner the antennae of an insect caught in its web.” Upon waking you lack edges, as you did in dreams. Were you caught in silk the same way? You wished for landscapes but were short-sighted (or delimited by some non-ontogenical actor). Each meal illuminated by a scrying candle, you wish yourself less porous, because entry and exitways required management, and your work life was overwhelming enough. Your failures named you Pierrot, so you tighten your ruff.

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A second rider enters your car and chooses the passenger seat. They connect their phone to the car stereo, invoking some fungible barrage of downtempo synths, as if to say, “even my ipseity has a sonic quality to it.” You understand this desire as always already occurring, though it sublimates differently depending on the month or year or sales quotas. Too much time had passed for a lapsarian question to remain. To avoid introspection, you turn your head and fixate on the Pacific, knowing that the silk-bearing spider wishes it were the pelagic Halobates. Aſter all, the Halobates is more altruistic, able to be collected by researchers to serve as testing subjects for oceanic metal pollution. Access to such a vast body––what bliss––to uncover the lie of every Pret a Manger and have each area of Earth as one’s home, to become the terminal cartographer. Instead she is stuck with leaves.

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Later you find you’ve accumulated foreign metals in your blood, much like the Halobates. Your last chemistry panel in August measured potassium, carbon dioxide, glucose, creatinine and the anion gap, which you tried to calculate yourself using this formula:

[Na+] – [Cl-] – [HCO3-]

Quick attempts at mathematics helped alleviate your consistent brain fog, but now you were reduced to only your garments: bronze frames, 95% cotton denim, dyed lamb’s wool. Wool made you feel like the spider. Your enemies had resigned themselves to geophasia. I thought this ability to morph beneficial to my job prospects? Returning to the scrying candle you find its wax depleted. You return to your resting place in the stage of the amphitheater and capitulate to anonymous limbs under spotlights.

Tastes Like Headaches acknowledges contemporary lifestyle as an assemblage of rickety, fraught conditions and symptoms that are simultaneously viewed and maintained as solutions. Collaborative works by Adam Cruces and Louisa Gagliardi show obscured faces in lightless backgrounds; Cruces’ acrylic painting over Gagliardi’s digital works printed on PVC vinyl present physical interventions over a subject that has succumbed to the blurry, furtive nature of a machinic sociability and economy. Additionally, Cruces’ exhibits works made from mesh, creating outlines made from popcorn. Sculptural works using Elizabethan-era ruff make reference to aristocracy, classical painting and how bourgeois lifestyles are sublimated today through garments. Finally, video works by Cruces yield to quotidian situations in which subjects are resigned to adverse spatio-temporal conditions, using Uber and the spider’s web as examples.

Indriķis Ģelzis’ sculptures made with steel tubes are outfitted with anthropic symbols that interrogate the idea of direct, universal realism and reflexes amongst contemporary art objects. His works read as glyphs that are unable to be decoded using a conventional, inchoate lexicon of mere abstraction. Moreover, the sculptures’ lack of a clear, conceptual telos is a rupturing of the claim that the object’s affectability and creation always already contain a narrative substructure that easily afford understanding.

Text by Kyle Thomas Hinton. A writer and researcher based in Los Angeles.

Artist: Adam Cruces and Indrikis Gelzis with Louisa Gagliardi
Exhibition title: Tastes Like headaches
Venue: kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga, Latvia
Date: February 3, 2017 – March 12, 2017

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Exhibition view. ‘Tastes Like headaches’ at kim? Contemporary Art Centre, 2017

2.AdamCruces-SundayDrive-Detail

Adam Cruces, Sunday Drive, detail, 2017, Popcorn in mesh, with strawberries

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Exhibition view. ‘Tastes Like headaches’ at kim? Contemporary Art Centre, 2017

4. Indrikis Gelzis - Teenage Endeavour for the Highest Sunrise

Indrikis Gelzis. Teenage Endeavour for the Highest Sunset, 2016, Metal squere tubes, textile, buttons

4.AdamCrucesLouisaGagliardi-Rare

Adam Cruces & Louisa Gagliardi, Rare, 2017, Acrylic and ink on PVC

5.AdamCruces-Examiner

Adam Cruces, Examiner, 2017, Ruff collar on delivery newspaper

6.AdamCrucesLouisaGagliardi-BowlOfCereal

Adam Cruces & Louisa Gagliardi, Bowl of Cereal, 2017, Acrylic and ink on PVC

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Exhibition view. ‘Tastes Like headaches’ at kim? Contemporary Art Centre, 2017

8. AdamCruces-TheSunAlsoSets

Adam Cruces, The Sun Also Sets, 2017, Popcorn and wheat in mesh

9. AdamCruces-FoulPlay

Adam Cruces, Foul Play, 2017, Make-up and ruffled wrist cuff on shirt

10. AdamCruces-FoulPlay-Detail

Adam Cruces, Foul Play, detail, 2017, Make-up and ruffled wrist cuff on shirt

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Adam Cruces, Foul Play, detail, 2017, Make-up and ruffled wrist cuff on shirt

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Exhibition view. ‘Tastes Like headaches’ at kim? Contemporary Art Centre, 2017

13. AdamCruces-Presto

Adam Cruces, Presto, 2017, Popcorn in mesh

14. AdamCruces-Palmarès

Adam Cruces, Palmarès, 2017, Popcorn in mesh, with fortune cookie

15. AdamCruces-Palmarès-Detail

Adam Cruces, Palmarès, detail, 2017, Popcorn in mesh, with fortune cookie

16. AdamCrucesLouisaGagliardi-Candlelight

Adam Cruces & Louisa Gagliardi, Candlelight, 2017, Acrylic and ink on PVC

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Exhibition view. ‘Tastes Like headaches’ at kim? Contemporary Art Centre, 2017

18 - Indrikis Gelzis - Mission Critical

Indrikis Gelzis, Mission Critical, 2017, Metal squere tubes, textile, buttons

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Indrikis Gelzis, Mission Critical, detail, 2017, Metal squere tubes, textile, buttons

20 - Indrikis Gelzis - Shooting the Breeze

Indrikis Gelzis, Shooting the Breeze, Cherries by Adam Cruces, 2016, Metal squere tubes, textile, buttons

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Indrikis Gelzis, Shooting the Breeze, Cherries by Adam Cruces, 2016, Metal squere tubes, textile, buttons

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Exhibition view. ‘Tastes Like headaches’ at kim? Contemporary Art Centre, 2017

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Exhibition view. ‘Tastes Like headaches’ at kim? Contemporary Art Centre, 2017

24 Indrikis Gelzis - Finder

Indrikis Gelzis, Finder, 2016, Metal squere tubes, textile, buttons

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Indrikis Gelzis, Finder, 2016, Metal squere tubes, textile, buttons

26 - Indrikis Gelzis - Portrait of Parallelism

Indrikis Gelzis, Portrait of Parallelism, 2016, Metal squere tubes, textile, buttons

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Indrikis Gelzis, Portrait of Parallelism, detail, 2016, Metal squere tubes, textile, buttons

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Indrikis Gelzis, Portrait of Parallelism, detail, 2016, Metal squere tubes, textile, buttons

30 - Indrikis Gelzis - Soft Spot

Indrikis Gelzis, Soft Spot, 2017, Metal squere tubes, textile, buttons

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Exhibition view. ‘Tastes Like headaches’ at kim? Contemporary Art Centre, 2017

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Exhibition view. ‘Tastes Like headaches’ at kim? Contemporary Art Centre, 2017

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Exhibition view. ‘Tastes Like headaches’ at kim? Contemporary Art Centre, 2017

Photography: Ansis Starks and Indrikis Gelzis, all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga

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February 21, 2017
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