Exhibition

Lily's Pool: Kaspars Groševs, Ieva Kraule, Kristine Kursiša & Miks Mitrevics, Daria Melnikova, Evita Vasiljeva, Armands Zelčs

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Lily’s Pool 2, 2014-15. Courtesy of the artists and kim? Contemporary Art Centre.

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Evita Vasiļjeva, Models of Now, Then and Maybe, 2015. Plaster, copper rod, silicone, wood, rust, screen mesh, spray paint, stuck elements. Series of three sculptures and supporting structures: 180 × 35 × 25 cm, 180 × 35 × 25 cm, 180 × 19 × 15 cm. Lily’s Pool (installation view), 2015. Image courtesy the artist, Art in General, and kim? Contemporary Art Centre. Photo: Charles Benton.

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Lily’s Pool (installation view), 2015. Image courtesy the artists, Art in General, and kim? Contemporary Art Centre. Photo: Charles Benton.

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Lily’s Pool (installation view), 2015. Image courtesy the artists, Art in General, and kim? Contemporary Art Centre. Photo: Charles Benton.

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Daria Melnikova, Bearing Petals, 2014-2015. Painting, metal sculpture, textile. Dimensions variable. Lily’s Pool (installation view), 2015. Image courtesy the artist, Art in General, and kim? Contemporary Art Centre. Photo: Charles Benton.

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Daria Melnikova, Bearing Petals (detail), 2014-2015. Lily’s Pool (installation view), 2015. Image courtesy the artist, Art in General, and kim? Contemporary Art Centre. Photo: Regis Trigano.

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Kaspars Groševs, Without a thread a nebula unravels, 2014-2015. Knit textile and watercolor ink on canvas. Dimensions variable. Lily’s Pool (installation view) , 2015. Image courtesy the artist, Art in General, and kim? Contemporary Art Centre. Photo: Charles Benton.

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Ieva Kraule, Leva from the Gardens of Arcadia, 2014-2015. Ceramic, candles, essential oils, slide projection. Dimensions variable. Lily’s Pool (installation view), 2015. Image courtesy the artist, Art in General, and kim? Contemporary Art Centre. Photo: Charles Benton.

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Armands Zelčs, Terra Vinca, 2014. Copper and lacquer. 120 × 120 cm. Lily’s Pool (installation view), 2015. Image courtesy the artist, Art in General, and kim? Contemporary Art Centre. Photo: Charles Benton.

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Miks Mitrēvics & Kristīne Kursiša, Lily’s Pool (installation view), 2015. Image courtesy the artists, Art in General, and kim? Contemporary Art Centre. Photo: Charles Benton.

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Lily’s Pool (installation view), 2015. Image courtesy the artists, Art in General, and kim? Contemporary Art Centre. Photo: Charles Benton.

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Miks Mitrēvics & Kristīne Kursiša, Lily’s Pool (installation view), 2015. Image courtesy the artists, Art in General, and kim? Contemporary Art Centre. Photo: Charles Benton.

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Lily’s Pool (installation view), 2015. Image courtesy the artists, Art in General, and kim? Contemporary Art Centre. Photo: Charles Benton.

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Exhibition

Lily's Pool: Kaspars Groševs, Ieva Kraule, Kristine Kursiša & Miks Mitrevics, Daria Melnikova, Evita Vasiljeva, Armands Zelčs

Curated by kim? Contemporary Art Centre

Exhibition: January 22–February 21, 2015
Opening reception: Thursday, January 22, 6–8pm

Press release: Download .pdf

Art in General presents Lily’s Pool, a group exhibition organized in partnership with kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga, Latvia as part of the International Collaborations program.

Now I will tell you what happened at the Lily’s Pool. A welcome ceremony. It was on the verge of North and South. Yet everyone remembered a sunlight. Some say it was a perpetual flight, others claim the moon needed one half of a turn.

Featuring the work of seven emerging Latvian artists, the group exhibition Lily’s Pool attempts to capture the presence of subtle, tangible, and poetic phenomena within a mediated post-Internet, “post-natural” culture. The participating artists utilize the varied mediums of drawing, painting, sculpture, textile, and performance to grapple with the personal and historical memory of materials in a contemporary society engrossed in the fleeting structure of the digital. The works in the exhibition create environments that are at once palpable and uncanny, examining how the physical and social body is affected by accelerated temporalities and the sensations of high-speed browsing and sharing in daily life.

A karaoke performance by Kaspars Groševs will take place during the opening reception on January 22, 2015. The performance is inspired by Latvian sculptor and writer Edward Leedskalnin (b. 1887) who crafted the Coral Castle monument in Florida after emigrating to the United States. Coral Castle was dedicated to the artist’s former Latvian lover he called “Sweet Sixteen.”

Kaspars Groševs (1983) graduated from the Art Academy of Latvia. Recent solo exhibitions include OAOA (Jūras griesti) (in collaboration with Oļa Vasiļjeva) at Jūras Vārti, Ventspils (2014); 00:10:00:00 at kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga (2013); I/O. Without Enemies at kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga (2011) and H at Kanepes Culture Centre, Riga (2012). Groševs’ work has been shown in group exhibitions such as Vortex at Project Space Garage, Moscow (2014) and Aspen-Kemmern at kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga (2014). He has also collaborated with Vivienne Griffin and Cian McConn on various performances and contributed to Studija magazine. Groševs is a co-founder and curator of gallery 427 in Riga.

Ieva Kraule (1987) is currently a MA candidate in Visual Communication at the Art Academy of Latvia. Recent solo exhibitions include Nobody dances like that anymore at gallery 427, Riga (2014); …if all you told was turned to gold at Vita Kuben, Umeå (2014); Loneliness will be my greatest treasure at Kalnciema kvartāls gallery, Riga (2014); 11 out of 10 at kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga (2013) and Long Awaited Holidays by the Abyss of Fictitious Memories at the gallery Bastejs, Riga (2012). Kraule is a co-founder and curator of gallery 427 in Riga.

Kristīne Kursiša (1979) attended Higher Courses of Film Writers and Directors Institute in Moscow and received her M.A. in Visual Communication at Art Academy of Latvia. Kursiša has been collaborating with artist Miks Mitrēvics since 2003. Recent solo exhibitions include April showers (with M. Mitrēvics) at P/////AKT, Amsterdam (2014); Let me google that for you (with M. Mitrēvics) at Netwerk, Contemporary Art Center in Aalst, Belgium (2014) and Galerie VidalCuglietta in Brussels (2013) and Seven Thursdays (with M. Mitrēvics) at kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga, (2012). Kursiša’s work has been shown in group exhibitions such as Society Acts – The Moderna Exhibition 2014 at Moderna Museet Malmö, Sweden (2014) and Vortex at Project Space Garage, Moscow (2014).

Miks Mitrēvics (1980) received his Postgraduate (Laureate) at HISK – Higher Institute for Fine Arts in Belgium and his M.A. in Visual Communication at Art Academy of Latvia. Mitrēvics has been collaborating with artist Kristīne Kursiša since 2003. Recent solo exhibitions include April showers (with K. Kursiša) at P/////AKT, Amsterdam (2014); Let me google that for you (with K. Kursiša) at Netwerk, Contemporary Art Center in Aalst, Belgium (2014) and Galerie VidalCuglietta in Brussels (2013) and Seven Thursdays (with K. Kursiša) at kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga (2012). Mitrēvics’ work has been shown in group exhibitions such as Society Acts – The Moderna Exhibition 2014 at Moderna Museet Malmö, Sweden (2014) and Vortex at Project Space Garage, Moscow (2014). Mitrēvics represented Latvia in the 53rd International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale.

Daria Melnikova (1984) attended the Art Academy of Latvia, Department of Visual Communication. Recent exhibitions include Brewing Harmony at Gallery Vita Kuben, Umeå, Sweden (2014); A Green Silhouette of Grey at kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga (2014) and Dashing Lines and Forming Heaps at kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga (2011). Melnikova’s work has been shown in group exhibitions such as Literacy-Illiteracy at the 16th Tallinn Print Triennial, KUMU, Tallinn (2014); Present Tense at Kalmar konstmuseum, Kalmar (2014); Aspen–Kemmern at kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga (2014); Vortex at Project Space Garage, Moscow (2014); Sculpture Is Space at Hobusepea, Tallinn (2013) and 24 Spaces – Cacophony, Malmö Konsthall, Malmo (2013).

Evita Vasiļjeva (1985) attended the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and is currently a resident at De Ateliers, Amsterdam. Recent solo exhibitions include Parallel to Vertical at kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga (2013). Vasiļjeva’s work has been shown in group exhibitions such as Aspen-Kemmern at kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga (2014); Vortex at Project Space Garage, Moscow (2014); NF presents: from A to BE to SEE to D at kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga (2014); Monograms at Gallery Vita Kuben, Umeå, Sweden (2014) and Indian Summer at Gallery Fons Welters, Amsterdam (2013).

Armands Zelčs (1978) attended the Art Academy of Latvia, Department of Visual Communication, and the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK), Fine Arts Department. Recent solo exhibitions include Trails of Fading Landscapes (2013) and That is not which is. The name of that is known (2011) at kim? Contemporary Art Centre in Riga. Zelčs’ work has been shown in group exhibitions such as 24 Spaces – Cacophony at Malmö Konsthall, Malmo (2013), Exchange at Gallery Stiftung akku Emmen, Lucerne, Switzerland (2012); A Smiling Lady on a Tiger at Städtische Galerie, Bremen, Germany (2010) and Qui Vive? at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (2010).

kim? Contemporary Art Centre (Riga, Latvia) was founded in 2009 and supports the developments of emerging artists, curators, and theoreticians through exhibitions, lectures, publications, and other programs related to recent art, theory, and social issues. In 2013, kim? and Art in General co-curated the Latvian pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale. Recent international collaboration projects include Vortex at the Garage Museum for Contemporary Culture in Moscow; a series of three solo exhibitions at Vita Kuben Gallery in Sweden, and Ola Vasiljeva’s New Commission Jargot at Art in General.

Art in General would especially like to acknowledge the support of the Trust for Mutual Understanding, New York.

This exhibition marks the opening of the public diplomacy and cultural program for the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the United States of America.



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General Support of Art in General is provided by General Hardware Manufacturing Inc.; the Institute of Museum and Library Services; the Lambent Foundation; the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Greenwich Collection; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; Toby D. Lewis Donor Advised Fund of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland; the William Talbott Hillman Foundation; and by individuals. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

The New Commissions Program is made possible by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; Trust for Mutual Understanding; National Endowment for the Arts; and Jerome Foundation. Support has also been provided by Commissioners’ Circle leaders Jeffery Larsen and Joseph Bolduc; Commissioners’ Circle supporters Sandra Ho and Jang Kim, and Cher Lewis, and Commissioners’ Circle members Roya Khadjavi-Heidari, Mary Lapides, Richard Massey, Ron and Lucille Neeley, and Leslie Ruff.

Additional Support has been provided by the Secretariat of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, the State Culture Capital Foundation, Riga City Council, Vivacolor, kultura.lv, Absolut, VKN, Valmiermuižas alus, Rīga TV24, Pieci.lv, and Delfi.

Additional special event support provided by ROOT Studios.
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