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Olga Chernysheva’s Exhibition at the Rīga Art Space

June 28, 2014

Until 24 August, Rīga Art Space is hosting an exhibition of the works of Olga Chernysheva, which has been arranged with the support of the ABLV Charitable Foundation within the parameters of the art grant competition.

In this exhibition, the general public in Latvia will have its first ever opportunity to acquaint itself with the works of the world famous Russian contemporary artist Olga Chernysheva. The exhibition “White Lines – on the Earth, Dark Lines – in the Sky” is a compilation of the artist’s drawings and video works from the past decade. According to Māris Vītols, one of the exhibition’s curators, Olga Chernysheva’s natural ability to transform the meaninglessness of everyday life into meaningful art shines through in her works. In other words, Olga Chernysheva’s oeuvre is characterised by her ability to find something unique and noteworthy amidst the drabness of daily life.

The art of taking notice really is one of the facets of Olga Chernysheva’s talent. As the artist herself says: “For me, my work is a form of activity, a small office that works to find life’s poetic truth. It is a non-progressive, non-dynamic process, a series of attempts. For example, the exercise of dreaming about what exists. Then you can see the object at hand in a dream-like state.” She goes on to say, “The most interesting thing for me is understanding whether looking at things changes the things themselves.”

Olga Chernysheva (born in 1962 Moscow) is one of the leading lights of Russian contemporary art today. She is a graduate of the All-Union State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in Russia, as well as the Amsterdam Royal Academy of Art (Rijksakademie van beeldende Kunsten) in the Netherlands. The artist regularly participates in exhibitions and has had more than 40 personal exhibitions. Olga Chernysheva’s works are included in the collections of the world’s most important art museums including the Tate Modern, London; MoMA, New York; and the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, etc.

Photo: Lauma Kalniņa

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