Artworks: SOUND SECRETS. Solo Exhibition at the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art (LCCA), Riga, Latvia / Lettland
My exhibition at the LCCA focused on some sound art works I had developed recently, as well as some new works, inspired by my special relationship to Riga and Latvia and to the work of Hardijs Lediņš, the year 2015 being announced as the Hardijs Lediņš Year.I was fortunate enough to meet legendary Latvian artist Hardijs Lediņš in the late 1980s, together with Juris Boiko, Inguna Černova and the NSRD, the no less legendary Nebijušu Sajūtu Restaurēšanas Darbnīca (Workshop for the Restoration of Unfelt Sensations)
In retrospect, I can name various aspects of his work that feel familiar and intriguing. The (anti-) concept of "Approximate Art" is one of those. Never quite fitting into the common boxes the artworld is trying to squeeze you in, always naturally crossing borders, unable to stick to just one genre, using all means of expression available and necessary. Using simple ideas in a playful way. But nonetheless being a precise thinker and conceptualist. A way of life.
A lot of these elements can be used to describe several of my works too. So the exhibition serves also as an homage to Hardijs Lediņš reflecting his way of working and inspired by his free spirit.
For Your Ears Only. (In Memory of Hardijs Lediņš). This installation includes the works:
Binaural Still Life. Glasses frame with two loudspeakers.
Latgalītes Mono Voice (working title). Pressure chamber loudspeaker, unknown brand, USSR 1978
Poetry: Augusta Laar, latvian voice: Diāna Popova
This work refers to the performance by Hardijs Lediņš, "Dr. Enesera binokulāro deju kursi" (Dr. Enesers’s Binocular Dance Courses), performed originally in the Botanical Garden of Salaspils in 1987, and reenacted in 2015 in the Riga Botanical Gardens. The poem of Augusta Laar was partly inspired by this event:
im palmenhaus unter zitronen
Palmu mājā zem citroniem
Also in the show:
Gājiens. Sound Secrets. Kalle Aldis Laar