Opening of D.Grantiņa and E.Gluhovs solo-exhibitions
September 4, 2016
kim? Contemporary Art Centre was opening its new venue in the Riga's Skanste area on September 2nd on Sporta iela 2 with solo-exhibitions of two artists - Edgars Gluhovs and Daiga Grantiņa. ABLV Charitable Foundation is the main supporter of both exhibitions.
"Heap-core" is the Paris-based artist’s, Daiga Grantiņa’s, first solo-exhibition in Riga. The expression integrated in the title refers to the outward direction of formal (hard-core) motion, accumulated somewhere in the inner core. The exhibition hall has been transformed into a site-specific installation, where openings made around the perimeter of the surrounding wall conduct light tunnels from windows hidden from view, integrating light as a material into the body of sculptures.
"Guided Tour" is Angela. For instance, she aspires to be an early riser; one of those up-with-the-sun types who accomplishes a lot in the small hours, before the rest of us look at the time on phones that light up our faces beneath sweaty sheets. But the truth is, Angela wakes up late. Late enough to screw up the rest of your day. A domino effect of lateness. Coexisting with both the start, and its middle. Also, she stays away from mirrors.
Presented at the opening and available throughout the exhibition, "Guided Tour" is a newspaper edition conceived as a collaboration between artist Daiga Grantiņa, writer Mary Rinebold Copeland and graphic designer Toan Vu-Huu.
Daiga Grantiņa (born in 1985, Rīga) studied at the Vienna Art Academy and the Hamburg Art Academy. Recent solo-exhibitions: Basinger Beige, 83, Pitt Street, New York (2016), Grotto from Glammar, Galerie Joseph Tang, Paris (2016), LFL, Stefan Lundgren Gallery, Mallorca (2016), The Mountain Guide, Matthew Gallery, Berlin (2015). Noteworthy upcoming solo projects at KUB Billboards (Kunsthaus Bregenz) and Kunstverein Hamburg. Recent group exhibitions at Advesive Products, Kunsthall Bergen, Les Levres Nues, DOC, Paris, The Pleasure of the Text, Campoli Presti, London. Reviews and publications on the artist’s activities are included in publications such as Les Inrockuptibles, Kaleidoscope, Artforum, Artagenda.com, Frieze International etc.
One year ago Edgars Gluhovs left his position in a Zurich private bank to fully dedicate himself to his artistic practice. The present exhibition, titled "L’Uomo Vague", is an overview of his activities since then. The exhibition features classically-framed photographs, drawings on acrylic glass, an installation of ready-made equestrian accessories as well as drawings on vintage Concorde in-flight stationery - all produced in the past year. Fragments and personalities from history, comedic elements and 20th century literature and symbols all permeate these works.
A special edition in the form of a flip-book, is printed in conjunction with the exhibition and presented during the opening. Also on the occasion of Edgars Gluhovs' exhibition "L’Uomo Vague" Tobias Kaspar is presenting "Birch Water", a new limited edition piece in the form of an in-flight drink conceived by the artist for kim?. "Birch Water" is being produced by "Birzī" and consists of fresh birch sap tapped directly from Latvian trees. For it's packaging and labelling Tobias Kaspar worked with the Berlin graphic design studio HIT.
Edgars Gluhovs (born in 1980, Riga) is an artist currently residing in Berlin and Zurich. He studied at The Arts Institute at Bournemouth and at the Staedelschule in Frankfurt. Edgars Gluhovs works in a variety of media, amongst others - drawing and photography. His works have been shown in solo and group exhibitions at various galleries and institutions, amongst them kim?, Riga, Kunsthalle Glarus, Halle für Kunst Lüneburg, Gallery Patrick Ebensperger, Berlin. He received a Swiss Art Award in 2013.
Tobias Kaspar (born 1984, Basel) has recently moved to Riga. He owns his name-sake jeans line and most recently staged "The Street" at the Cinecittà lm studios in Rome (2016).
Photo: Andrejs Strokins