Starting from October 9, the Valmiera Theater Café Gallery will host the exhibition “Skatiens”, which exhibits a series of photographs by the artist Madara Kvēpa, which was made during the last year, the representatives of the foundation “Art Needs Space” informed.
The exhibition features photographs of the artist taken at different times of the season. In the center of photography, as in Madara Kvēpa’s paintings, is nature. The organizers of the exhibition note that although initially the artist perceived the art of photography and used it as a raw material for her painting practice, she later realized that photography is a self-sufficient expression, which is an extension of her gaze on the surface of a work of art. In this extension there is a clearly legible observation of the artist-painter in nature and in the environment. Despite the fact that Kvēpa expands its collection of artistic expressions, the elements, motifs or character of painting are the ones that permeate the newly acquired expressions.
The Foundation “Art Needs Space” continues the practice of cooperating with regional institutions, providing exhibitions of young artists, thus promoting the availability of contemporary art in the regional centers of Latvia, as well as promoting the recognition of young and promising artists throughout Latvia. In 2019, an exhibition of Madara Kvēpa’s paintings “Memory of Colors” was organized at the Talsi Cinema, and now Kvēpa’s latest works of art have arrived at the Valmiera Theater Café Gallery. It replaces John Schneider’s solo exhibition “Outdoors”.
The exhibition is available to spectators in the gallery of Valmiera Theater Café during theater performances, when the café is open to spectators.
As a precautionary measure for the safety of public health, the exhibition will not be officially opened with an opening ceremony, therefore the foundation offers the artist a story about the development of works of art and their role in artistic activity in video format.
About the artist
Madara Kvēpa (1995) graduated from the Painting Department of the Latvian Academy of Arts, and is currently studying painting for a Master’s degree. In 2018, he participated in the MVT Summer House project “Sound Needs Art”, together with Intars Busulis (music) interpreting Daina Riņķe’s painting “Our House”. In February 2020, a solo exhibition “Translation” was opened in the gallery “Look!” (Riga), as well as this year is the winner of “SEB Scholarship in Painting 2020 – Agenda”.
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