Sliding through human-scale-trap mode, Elza Sīle presents the set of a paint applied metallic wall-bound platforms that hosts a vocabulary of psycho-spatial typologies. Disarmed by touch, poked in oil tube skin and “hand-tapped”, these works consists of the following units: (rib cage is my courthouse) (monotonous sheep walking marked line) (rhetorical delicacies) (snakes honey poison bakery) (all congratulated triumphants) (a built up of non-existent x’s) (pyramid with a blined top) (upstairs downstairs) (ideological constructions) (casual fountains) (collective numbered bones) (laurel olive palm leaves).
Paralleling a collective low-grade depression of a quarantine mode, Indriķis Ģelzis’ wall works illuminate the nervous intersection between psychosis, violence and desire. Born out of a virtual image using 3D software, these humanlike, rigid architecture sculptures contain effortful physical labor of welding, bending, grinding, burning, oiling, and sewing. Within a stainless steel frame, one is tempted to find headless figures, all limbs and spines, cuddling or copulating, at work and play, elbowing for a room in the composition. These frames are gentle traps, held for examination or for correction. They echo a hyperactive stock market graphs alluding to capitalism’s impulse to accumulate information-as-wealth.
Founded in 2009, Kim? has actively contributed to the art discourse both in Latvia and on a global scale with extensive exhibition programming, as well as international collaborations, discussions, publications, talks and performances. As of 2020 Kim? adds the gallery operations to its resume to strengthen the visibility and support the roster of long time artists-collaborators as well as new names from Riga.
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