Het is in 2018 honderd jaar geleden dat de staten Litouwen, Letland en Estland werden uitgeroepen. Auteur Jan Brokken schreef hierover het boek Baltische Zielen, waarin hij de woelige historie van de drie landen in de twintigste eeuw beschrijft. Dit werk dient als inspiratiebron voor de gelijknamige en eerste expositie in RAWSpace.
Elf kunstenaars uit Litouwen, Letland en Estland tonen in de expositie Baltische Zielen de ontwikkeling van de kunst sinds de onafhankelijkheid in 1989. Zij doen dit door middel van hun schilderijen, sculpturen en fotografie. De expositie wordt 15 oktober geopend met een lezing van Jan Brokken. Muzikale ondersteuning komt van Marcel Worms (piano) en Ursula Schoh (viool) die werken van Arvo Part, Heino Eller, Esther Magi, Peteris Vasks, M. K. Ciurlionis en Jurgis Gaizauskas ten gehore brengen.
KALVIS ZUTERS Schilderijen
“If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.” (Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa)
Kalvis Zuters, (1969, Jelgava Latvia) graduated from the Department of Painting at the Latvian Acadamy of Art in 1998. He has participated selected group exhibitions throughout Europe and USA and several solo exhibitions in Europe.
With his work Kalvis invites us to discover a still unknown world which is only present in the mind of the artist. His characters, based on myths and fairy tales, portray to the viewer soft glances from another place encompassing a technique of mixture and shades that demonstrates the artist’s sensitivity. This technique makes him unique and incomparable to any other artist. Figurative, with a twist of symbolism, realism and even cubism in a distinctive mixture in each of the works. Reminding us of iconic figures from old and newer times. Kalvis encourages the viewer to take his time to understand the message that lies within the work. He takes the spectator into the world of the painting without any effort, because of the soft shades, always present in his artwork.
Links: FORBIDDEN FRUIT | 63 x 95 cm c/o | Rechts: RED BOOK, GREEN BOOK | 101 x 141 CM C/O
TREE BY THE RIVER | 80 x 131 CM C/O
Born 27th May 1969 in Jelgava, Latvia
NORMUNDS BRASLIŅŠ fotografie
I have been doing photography alongside painting for a very long time now. This series of portraits, which I began working on in 2012, is not just a succession of strangers with curious faces – they are famous Latvian artists of my own generation. Since I know them personally, I could arrange the photoshoots and set the scene for the artistic effect I was trying to achieve. For me, the most important aspect of a portrait is the atmosphere emanating from its subject, which I try to bring out by means of composition and natural lighting.
Born 1962 in Riga, Latvia
IVARS MIKELSONS sculptuur (brons)
Each of us must go our own path in this life and do the things we enjoy and excel at. I have chosen the path of sculpting.
My sculptures don’t solve global problems, interfere with politics, or get tangled in complicated concepts. They are moments from life – mine, yours – and I transform those moments into sculptures. Every day we are excited and inspired by brilliant individuals in the world of art, science, music, etc. If any of these people have successfully created unforgettable moments in my life I try to respond with my own creative proclamation. (Kurt Vonnegut, Jan Saudek). This time it is a dedication to trumpetist Chet Baker, who awoke in me a sense of musical plasticity. For that I thank him!
Moto “My art is my life and my life is my art “
MYKOLAS SAUKA sculptuur (beton)
“ Many ask me a question, why do you model such old people? You must really hate them from the bottom of your heart. Nonsense! Young bodies are perfect, but they make me bored.”
Mykolas Sauka (born in 1989) is a sculptor and writer. Since the age of fourteen years he has been attending exhibitions. After graduating from the Master’s studies at the Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts, in 2015 won the First Book Competition organized by the Lithuanian Writer’s Union and published the book of short stories “Grubiai” (awarded with the Kazimieras Barėnas Literary Prize). During his writing, for almost three years, Mykolas has been creating monumental (3 meters high) concrete sculptures realistically portraying nude elderly people. His sculptures are by no means neat, right or tidy. Mykolas creates a distinctive aesthetic of the ruins – depicts the body of the nude with its disadvantages, scars, feelings and feelings, with the help of imperfect, crumbling, crumpled, and corroded materials. In his stories, as well as in his sculptures Mykolas likes to erase the limits of arrogance and exaggerated courtesy, and directs our attention to ourselves.
His works are somewhere between nature and matter. This young artist is able to turn back to us the mirror and show what is as clear as day, but is forgotten today – the greatness of time , loneliness, and transience.
Born on 07 07 1989 in Vilnius.
MIGLE KOSINSKAITE schilderijen
“The series “Deep Dive“ I created when I was immersed in practicing yoga. I was participating retreats, where was necessary to separate in silence with closed eyes repeating the mantra. I also travelled to India, visiting holy places and yoga teachers. All that time I was accompanied by this extraordinary feeling of tranquillity and concentration, which inevitably flared up and unfolded in series of paintings. I wanted to convey the state as precisely as possible , so I repeated almost the same motive, the same face in order to enhance the impression.”
DEEP DIVE | 90 x 60 CM
AUDRIUS GRAŽYS schilderijen
“I do not like when an artist refuses to take risks. Then he becomes a craftsman.”
In one of my painting cycles the main element is the stain. If the stain has its own texture, configuration and if there are several more spots next to it – they form the composition. And if this composition is an adventure, it is the most important thing for the excitement of the viewer. It is interesting to give a hint to the viewer (title of the work), and then he himself creates a story. Stain, line, colour, texture, etc. – everything that makes up the composition is significant, symbolic, but there are many meanings – everything depends on the context – the spectator is encouraged to freely interpret his works by the painter.
LINKS: LIGHT YEARS
MILKY WAY GALAXY
The painter was born in Kaunas in 1963.
LAURA KARCIAUSKAITE POTET sculptuur (glas)
RIINA VAROL fotografie
My works are dealing with observations of nature. The nature of human being and as a creation of god. Fascinating organisms in a time and space. On images the combinations of symbols are provoking and mirroring the mechanism and cycle of existence and is a research material how we perceive it on a personal, social, cultural and physio-chemical level. While observing superficial patterns, textures, detecting layers I research human reaction, reflection, subconsciousness, emotions, feelings, expressions, models, behaviours that have formed of past, present and vision. Often using models to communicate and to bring In the essence searching for ones true nature to reveal.
Potraits ( Eliise I en II )
“They are just masks. Chosen to be worn though we don’t particularly need to hide. Short distance reflection of our national heritage, history and gene memory. As paired they play out mixed emotion opposites. Trapped in between, No apathy, no ecstasy are carried out to the maximum. A smell of repression.
I would like to give a viewer possibility to see or not see their own reflection without describing the full background. Just by giving a pieces of mirrors. I imagine, it is hard to imagine, or be empathic or put yourself in another cultural context without an introduction or former knowledge, but it is a possibility to discover and express yourself and what drives you. Freely. Honestly.
This subject contains or floats in between the post-soviet generation patterns, gained freedom and a cage effect as comfort zone. Also immigration, communication, equality and empathy issues”.
“Hair exchange I en II
“These works forms a part of my serie “Hairy vision”. Of all the layered fibers and recorded moments spatial and sensual collages and assemblies have reached form. By playing with one’s subconscious, thoughts and hair, I discovered that our bodies record a lot of the unnecessary and we forget that we should tidy up regularly and “take out the rubbish” – cleanse our system, delete unnecessary and unpleasant thoughts, feelings and emotions said out loud and thought to oneself and notice more of the positive which brings joy to all of us,”
Born in Pärnu
JAN BROKKEN schrijver
Het is in 2018 honderd jaar geleden dat de staten Litouwen, Letland en Estland werden uitgeroepen. Auteur Jan Brokken schreef hierover het boek ‘Baltische Zielen’, waarin hij aan de hand van uiteenlopende levensverhalen, de woelige historie van de drie landen in de twintigste eeuw beschrijft. Dit werk dient als inspiratiebron voor de gelijknamige en eerste expositie in RAWSpace. Hij beschrijft onder meer de levensloop van de schilder Mark Rothko, de beeldhouwer Jacob (Jacques) Lipchitz, de architect Michail Eisenstein en zijn zoon de cineast Sergej Eisenstein, de schrijver Romain Gary/Emile Ajar, de filosofe Hannah Arendt en de componist Arvo Pärt.
|15 OKTOBER 2017
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CONCERTLEZING BALTISCHE ZIELEN
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