Conscious and purposeful. The normalization process transforms and sometimes even neutralizes the initial effectiveness of an artwork. On that note the exhibition shows 5 sets of work by Margrieta Dreiblate, Ivars Gravlejs, Ernests Klavins, Grit Hachmeister and the trio - Maija Kurseva, Lilita Bauge and Velga Vitola.
Participants: Margrieta Dreiblate (LV), Ivars Grāvlejs (LV), Ernests Kļaviņš (LV), Maija Kurševa & Lilita Bauģe/Velga Vītola (LV), Grit Hachmeister (DE)
Curated by Iliana Veinberga.
The institutional environment has historically been showing interest in mapping and in public interpretation of so-called underground art expressions, trash or b-class aesthetics and other marginal phenomena. The authors themselves, acting outside the frameworks imposed by institutions and classification, also experiment with content and media in ways that both do not fit the generally accepted norms of what constitutes art or what constitutes good art, but also in order to be included into the very notion of ‘art’ must be formulated as a political and ideological gesture, strategy, reflection on the dominant discourse, etc.
Many of the world’s art agents are engaged in this verbalization. For instance, by making an appeal to the cannons and traditions of Western art history and by producing a genealogy, which for almost over a century has known and accepted expressives that impassively disclose, touch upon, criticize and in many other ways enter fields that have not been identified in art to that point.
Among those there are such given values as white, neutral exhibition space – a frame that marks the safe borders of an artwork; an explanation offered by the curator, critic and an informative text of an unburdening length. Elements of this and similar kind help to make accessible or normalize those phenomena, which in their original context outside the institutionalized environment would seem unacceptable, perhaps even threatening to the usual order of things.
The mentioned normalization process transforms and sometimes even neutralizes the initial effectiveness of an artwork. On that note the exhibition Unceasing shows five sets of work by Margrieta Dreiblate, Ivars Grāvlejs, Ernests Kļaviņš, Grit Hachmeister and the trio – Maija Kurševa, Lilita Bauģe and Velga Vītola.
Artists, whose work may hurt the good feelings of viewers due to their incomprehensible contents or unaesthetic form, are exhibited in approbated forms, allowing to illustrate the dialectics or tension between noncompliance and normalization, which inevitably emerges between an artwork triggering a negative response and an institutionalized exhibition environment. Yet there is hope that Unceasing will also mark the perception territory, as part of which the different registers of sensibility of artists may continue to exist and be perceived without being mediated by affect.
February 9, 14.00 Classical Unceasing
Disgust, negativity and other kinds of protest against the dictation of the beauty of the art world. An excursion of the exhibition and a conversation over coffee – all led by the curator of the exhibition Unceasing Iliana Veinberga.
The exhibition will be running until March 3, 2013
The exhibition is not suitable for children under 12 years
Acknowledgments: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, State Culture Capital Foundation, Antalis, LuxExpress, Dardedze Holography, GrogGlass, RBSSKALS, Kolonna, Valmiermuižas alus, restaurant Kitchen, VKN.
Special thanks to: Embassy of the Republic of Latvia in Germany.
Image: Ivars Grāvlejs, A still from the video Message to no one, video, 6:29 min, 2012
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Exhibitions are open at the following times:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 14:00 – 19:00
Saturday, Sunday: 12:00 – 18:00
The entrance fee is:
Adults – 2 LVL;
Students, school children and senior citizens – 1 LVL
on Tuesday – for free.