...If all you told was turned to gold

Contemporary art 28.2 – 5.4

...If all you told was turned to gold

OPENING NIGHT FRI 28 FEBRUARY 8 PM. Followed by performance by Kaspars Groševs.

When memories implacably slide away, disappear in a dense fog, the tensity of remembering builds up. An almost unstoppable, painful urge to pin it down. The images are the only ‘faces’ of the constant changes of time, of sentimentality that is still here, present, alongside with us.These time capsules, the ‘faces’ of time, that appear both as abstract and real are the main material Ieva Kraule is dealing with in her new solo show ... if all you told was turned to gold.

The warm colours and dominating earth tones of applied arts that was so common in the Soviet era in Latvia meets the aesthetics of aloofness and dryness of contemporary art. The tangibility of crafts is mashed up with found materials that reveals the desire to seek for emotional, nostalgic space, where the fragments of history, memories and forgotten merge together in a visually sensitive experience.

A grimace entangled in cords and a scrape of sand between your teeth. I will reveal to you some secrets, but you will not be struck. Somewhere between lost diaries, in emptiness more immense than nothing, in a place where wet dusk replaces the bright light of fluorescent bulbs, hides stiff smiles no one remembers. They are owned by anyone; no one has them lost and does not try to get them back. Their only chance is contingency. (Excerpt by Ieva Kraule)

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 “… if all you told was turned to gold” is from the series Hanging above. The Case in the Café curated by Zane Onckule and Maija Rudovska in collaboration with kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga.

About the artist

Ieva Kraule was born in 1987 in Riga, Latvia. Now she studies at the Art Academy of Latvia at Department of Visual Communication, previously has studied painting and ceramics. She uses various media to express her interest in origins of (personal) aesthetic codes. Her work references Soviet era architecture and interior design/applied arts and 90's pop culture. She uses deconstruction of the past and recreation of collective memories to find out the causes of her own artistic choices.

Ieva Kraule has been participating in exhibitions since 2012. Solo shows - “Long Awaited Holidays by the Abyss of Fictitious Memories” at gallery Bastejs in 2012, “11 out of 10” at Kim? Contemporary Art Centre in 2013 and “Loneliness will be my greatest treasure” at the gallery of   Kalnciema kvartāls in 2014.

From Latvian side the project is supported by: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, the State Culture Capital Foundation (SCCF), Riga City Council.

Curators would like to thank Jānis Borgs for his support.

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