Arvils Linde – WITCHES
August 7 - August 31
August 7th – 31st, 2020
at the premises of Art gallery PUTTI
Solo exhibition by Latvian contemporary artist
Dark night that is not a night at all.
Deserted place that is not a place at all.
A dark, which breaths in charcoal quiet.
Invisible snow swirls past… almost silent steps.
Oily, vibrant moon, and a radiating creature approaching in black wind…
A series of large-format paintings on strong personalities – witches of Riga, inspired by Rainis “Fire and Night” character Spidola.
A mystical, witchy creature that combines dazzling beauty and elusive abyss. Despite its cooperation with the forces of darkness, it is always able to reject the call of the Black Knight to fulfill his intentions. Instead, she chooses to create her own! A being who draws strength and wisdom from elusive spheres and forces that others do not understand or are afraid of. She is aware that without darkness, there can be no light. In the words of Rainis “Fire and Night”, she says her mantra:
I am I, I come myself,
I’m leaving myself, I don’t know where –
where I would like –
I shine by my own light,
I, Spidola, Fire is my father.
The artist will take the viewer along the path of mysticism, folklore and forgotten forces, bringing into unaccustomed darkness, where the current processes in the world are ironically leading. In the dark, where a variety of wild beasts and other known and unknown beings live, to capture the spirit of time and space through the metaphor of a fairy tale.
A story about darkness, night creatures, a little paganism, a little folklore, but mostly about strong personalities, about women.
The artist Arvils Linde is well known in the world of Latvian fashion and art. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Fashion Design (Latvian Academy of Arts) and a master’s degree in painting (Latvian Academy of Arts). After the creation of several fashion collections, he has been active for the last 5 years and has gained rapid recognition in the field of visual art, focusing on illustration and painting. Solo exhibitions of his drawings and paintings have been exhibited not only in various places in Riga, such as the VIP lounge of Riga Airport, but also in various public places in Latvia, including the Ogre Museum of Art and History and elsewhere.
The exhibition is open and artist himself is welcoming visitors Monday to Friday 12:00-16:00.
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