From December 18, 2021 till February 18, 2022 a group show “∞”, in which different generations Latvian artists have turned to reflections of tradition and nature in their contemporary practice, will be on view at the PAiR gallery. In exhibition participates Maija Purgaile, Pēteris Sidars, Mareunrols and Hele, and the Pāvilosta weavers group “Lumstiņš”. Curator of the show is Hele.
Latvian folk art is essentially rooted in observation of nature and natural processes. Cosmic rhythms, change of seasons, every natural event is woven in the form of patterns and motifs into various fabrics – belts, blankets, hair bands and towels. Many contemporary professional artists also draw from this same source of inspiration preserving the typical feature of the Latvian soul. This was the underlying principle in the work of the founder of Latvian professional textile art school Rūdolfs Heimrāts – in his creative work and in his work as a professor at the Art Academy of Latvia. Combination of the traditional and the contemporary is what became the foundation for the professional textile art in Latvia. Two artists participating in this exhibition – Pēteris Sidars and Maija Purgaile – also belong to the so-called school of Rūdolfs Heimrāts, which was formed during the period from the 60s to the 80s of the last century.
Since ancient times weaving has symbolically been associated with the great natural laws of existence. Even the smallest part, i.e. each warp yarn, each thread, is important and can give impetus to something greater, something unknown.
In the same way we begin to prepare for winter in spring, we also prepare for the next life during our lives. Could it be like the infinity, the rules of which we learn only after death, before our birth in a space of light somewhere in between, where time exists no more? Could it be that we can look back on all we have done, think it over, learn there and later even without a memory of it maybe keep a fragment of eternity unconsciously inside of us, growing in each life spiritually, becoming stronger and developing ourselves?
We are all like a filling yarn in the cosmos, strong or weak, with deeper values or without them, golden, silver or aluminium, or maybe even a synthetic yarn. We are all a part of this world, which is like a large fabric. During the time of each life we intertwine with other yarns and create something unique and wonderful. And we also are and will always be inseparable from the yarns of the earth and nature itself. Could the fabric become more beautiful and strong, if it is natural, formed under the light of the sun?
Discussion. Art and science
On August 6 at 4 pm, we look forward to welcoming you to the discussion Art and science: a match looking for heaven which will take place at the PAiR residency in Pāvilosta. “Interdisciplinary” has now been a buzzword for long enough in order to evaluate its merits. The intersection and cooperation between art and science has been […]
Voldemārs Johansons / PAiR gallery
The ecosystems of northern Norway, the Faroe Islands and the Svalbard Archipelago are experiencing rapid changes, and even the most conservative forecasts indicate that the North Pole’s ice sheet will melt completely in summers in the foreseeable future. In it, Johansons explores the ways to look at this part of the planet affected by climate […]
Skuja Braden / PAiR gallery
Skuja Braden is an artist duo created in 1999 by Inguna Skuja from Latvia and Melissa D. Braden from California. It is a rather unusual phenomenon for the Latvian art scene, thanks to both direct and critical messages and the baroque intensity, as well as the insatiably bright form of expression. At the Venice Biennale, […]
Voldemārs Johansons. Storm Sees No Colour
From 9 July to 14 August, the PAiR residence gallery in Pāvilosta will host a solo exhibition of the artist Voldemars Johansons “Storm Sees No Colour”. The starting point of the exhibition can be found in the artist’s expeditions to the Arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere. In it, Johansons explores the ways to look […]
SkujaBraden. Feast your Eye
From 28 May to 27 June, the PAIR Residence Gallery in Pāvilosta will host the exhibition of the artist duo Skuja Braden “Acs ābola dzīru mielasts” (Feast your Eye). Skuja Braden is an artist duo created in 1999 by Inguna Skuja from Latvia and Melissa D. Braden from California. It is a rather unusual phenomenon […]
Sadura. Expanded painting
From April 1 until May 15, 2022 an exhibition “Sadura”, dedicated to expanded painting is on view at the PAiR residency gallery (E. Šneidera laukums 11, Pāvilosta). The show includes works by Jānis Dzirnieks, Andris Eglītis, Sarmīte Māliņa, Elza Sīle, Jānis Šneiders and Aija Zariņa from the collection of VV Foundation. Curator of the exhibition is […]
Support for artists and other creatives from Ukraine!
Considering current political situation and Russia’s military aggression in Ukraine, VV Foundation has decided to support artists and other creatives from Ukraine, offering PAiR residency space. We strongly believe that this is the time to support Ukraine citizens in any possible way and exactly this is why we are inviting Ukrainian creatives to live and […]
Michael Kidner. Love is a Virus from Outer Space
An exhibition of the British artist Michael Kidner titled “Love is a Virus from Outer Space” will be open for viewing from 29 October 2021 until 16 January 2022 at the Mark Rothko Art Centre in Daugavpils. Simultaneously rational and playful, Kidner’s art combines visually expressed answers to mathematics, science and chaos theory principles, as the artist […]
Lecture of Igors Gubenko at the Hermann Nitsch exhibition
Igors Gubenko substantiates the seemingly paradoxical thesis that the actions of the Theatre of Orgies and Mysteries by Hermann Nitsch is a demonstration lesson in humanism. Gubenko addresses humanism critique in the existentialism reasoning of Martin Heidegger, conviction of Michel Foucault that man is “a recent invention nearing its end” and the post-humanism aspirations to […]
Lecture of Laine Kristberga at the Hermann Nitsch exhibition
The art scientist Laine Kristberga will read the lecture “Performance Art on Both Sides of the Iron Curtain: Socially Political Context and Challenges”, addressing the origin context of performance art both in the Western art discourse and in the local time space, namely in the soviet occupation regime. Comparing the parallels and differences, Kristberga will […]