kim? Contemporary Art Centre is pleased to invite you to the opening of three new exhibitions - solo exhibitions Polystyrene's Braces by Donna Huanca and Palindrome by Ezra Wube curated and organized by Art in General, New York in collaboration with kim? Contemporary Art Centre and an exhibition curated by Kaspars Groševs Exit, Stuttering & Nebula.
Opening and accompanying performance by Donna Huanca will take place at kim? Contemporary Art Centre on December 5 at 7pm-9pm.
N.B. kim? opening hours have been changed. We are now open from Wednesday till Sunday.
Curated by Anne Barlow
Curated by Kristen Chappa
Organized by: Art in General, New York in collaboration with kim? Contemporary Art Centre
December 6, 2015 – January 24, 2016
Donna Huanca, Muscle Memory detail, 2015. Courtesy the artist and Peres Projects.
Focusing on themes of migration, mobility, and socio-cultural displacement, these two solo exhibitions with Donna Huanca and Ezra Wube demonstrate each artist's relationship to historical and embodied memory through an ongoing engagement with the figure. Both artists repurpose the methods and logic of painting, as well as the associative capacities of color to unpack senses of longing; experiences of spatio-temporal disjunction; and the mapping of cultural norms onto the body. Huanca and Wube collectively apply this engagement through animation, photography, video, sculpture, and performance.
Ezra Wube, Palindrome, 2015. Courtesy the artist.
Donna Huanca is a Bolivian-American artist whose sculptures and installations are activated by live female performers that improvise and interact with the abstract assemblages. Huanca employs contentious signifiers of female power, such as cosmetics and textiles, to confront women's constrained struggles to express sexuality, confidence, and power in a social realm. Previous exhibitions include Water Scars at Chez Valentin, Paris, France (2015); Muscle Memory, Peres Projects, Berlin, Germany (2015); Sade Room (famously reclusive), MoMA PS1, New York, NY (2014); Seeing Auras at ltd, Los Angeles, CA (2014); and Raw Material at Malmö Konsthalle, Malmö, Sweden (2013). Awards and residencies include Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY (2015); Access Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (2013); Fulbright Scholarship (2012); Art Matters Grant (2010); and Swing Space, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY (2009). Huanca received a BFA in Painting from the University of Houston, Texas, USA, and studied at the Städelschule, Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Frankfurt, Germany.
Ezra Wube is a Brooklyn-based mixed media artist born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Through autobiography, his work references notions of past and present and the dialogical tension between "here" and "there". Wube's photography and stop-motion animations present time and place as layered, collaged, and perpetually shifting elements. Previous exhibitions include the Dak'Art 2014 Biennale, Dakar, Senegal (2014); the 5th Marrakech Biennale, Marrakech, Morocco (2014); The 18th International Festival of Contemporary Art SESC Videobrasil, São Paulo, Brazil (2014); and At the same moment, Times Square Midnight Moment program, New York, NY (2013). Awards and residencies include the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant (2015); Triangle Arts Association, Brooklyn, NY (2015); Swing Space, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY (2013); The Substation, Johannesburg, South Africa (2011); Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside, Troy, NY (2011); and Château de la Napoule, France (2011). Wube holds a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA, and received his MFA from Hunter College, New York, NY.
Supporters: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, State Culture Capital Foundation, Riga City Council, United States Embassy in Riga, Trust for Mutual Understanding, kultura.lv, VKN, Absolut, Rīgas Laiks, Birzī, Valmiermuižas alus, Pieci.lv, Delfi.
EXIT, STUTTERING & NEBULA
Curated by Kaspars Groševs
Artists: Frank Boyd, Īrisa Erbse, Vivienne Griffin, Inga Ģibiete, Mikko Kuorinki, Henning Lundkvist, Eoghan Ryan
December 6, 2015 – January 24, 2016
In the moment, stepping onto the doorstep between entry and exit, it is possible to find a clue even if the weaving has unravelled in the weaver's hands. But in the beginning there were sentences which could not possibly not be misread. Their simplicity was on the edge of the cliff which stretched from one stitch to the next, from one imprint to another. The nebula flows into the transparent shadows which mock the turns that it boldly crawls into itself, resisting weekend fatigue. In the wide open eyes of the blinds it becomes a clump of earth, a powerful thing which splits trajectories into various speeds. In the chewed up tissue the nebula dissolves into itself, allowing the conversations to become candles that only light up the quietest of movements. In the asemic signs the nebula stutters around itself, before falling into the swirl of repetition.
Kaspars Groševs. Nebula. 2015
Kaspars Groševs (1983) is an artist and curator whose everyday life is dominated by curves and turns.
Inga Ģibiete (1979) follows the trails left by frail threads.
Vivienne Griffin (1975) observes turbulence that refuses to settle until it has repeated itself in countess copies.
Eoghan Ryan (1987) dances in the gleam of a lightbulb, allowing history to arrange itself in the coarse textures.
Henning Lundkvist (1981) collects words whose meaning travels from the tropics to the Arctic.
Mikko Kuorinki (1977) confuses the fearless and draws inspiration from cosmic constellations.
Īrisa Erbse (1990) writes poetry and brewing recipes.
Frank Boyd (1983) allows emptiness to resound in electric idleness.
Supporters: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, State Culture Capital Foundation, Riga City Council, Gallery 427, kultura.lv, VKN, Absolut, Rīgas Laiks, Birzī, Valmiermuižas alus, Pieci.lv, Delfi.