Although issues related to the progress of modern society and the place of the individual in it have always been a topic of interest for artists, recent events have created an unstoppable wave of self-reflection that has affected everyone.
Reflecting on the rapid changes when a dynamic, socially active, and productivity-driven daily life was suddenly disrupted by isolation and forced slowdown, artist Kiril Panteleyev (Kirils Panteļejevs) has created works in various media that highlight the changes in our lives, state of mind, ambiance and the prospects caused by the pandemic.
As the artist himself admits: The exhibition was originally intended as a reflection on humanity’s problems, ecology, development prospects, and survival in an increasingly complex world. Unexpectedly, the global pandemic highlighted these issues further.
A special role in the concept of the exhibition is also played by its physical location – the floating art centre “NOASS” – which, both semantically and visually, is associated with an arc in which to escape from global adversity, which from time to time surprises humanity.
The range of artistic means used by Kiril Panteleyev is wide. He works with classical figurative sculpture, as well as performance, installation, and interactive environmental art.
The artworks on display have been created with different means of expression – anthropomorphic forms alternating with objects created in ready-made technique, video projection, and natural materials.
The works displayed in the exhibition rooms in the basement of the art centre “NOASS” are complemented by the environment object “Temporarily closed” in the territory of AB dam.
Kiril Pateleyev (1969), as described by the poet Sergers Timofejevs, “is one of the few artists who perceives every encounter with their audience as a serious and highly responsible statement, which he creates as a set of different formats, in which he can involve all his professional skills – the skills of a sculptor, the skills of creating environmental objects, installations, and performative techniques”.
After graduating from the Sculpture department of The Art Academy of Latvia (1994), Kiril improved his skills at Humboldt University in California and is currently an Associate Professor at The Art Academy of Latvia.
The exhibition can be viewed in NOASS free of charge.
Exhibition opening hours: Wednesday – Friday from 15:00 to 22:00, while the environmental object near NOASS can be seen at any time of the day.
The exhibition has been created with the support of the SCCF’s program “KultūrElpa” and the Riga City Council.