SPECIAL FEATURE: Indrikis Gelzis

ENG – On December 10th at 8:51pm, I received from Indrikis his final layout. A series of images, lines and plans, ready to unfold themselves like dancers. Seated, standing, lying. Drawn, printed, simulated, sculptured. Indrikis Gelzis’ sculptures are the result of a complex mechanic made of several stages. I think of a manufacturing note by reading the different points of the process. Let’s imagine a flyer offering for each step a technical instruction with its illustration.

First, the artist creates a digital drawing with the application Cinema 4D to model the shape in 3D.

The exercise is like the artist’s sculptures: only the hollow spaces remind us that it is not about painting. Line, shape. Steel, fabric. Draped, the lines draw symmetries and angles, a « full » we could almost define as flexible, between the rigidity of the material and the lightness of the weightlessness.

Then the artist prints the model to affix it with his pencil the dimensions of the different segments, to decide on the size and on the perspective.

Yes, Indrikis Gelzis’ sculptures do not touch the ground. I still don’t know what this is going to look like. If we are in front of them, these forms look flattened. When are they going to put themselves up? Or would it be rather about an aerial view in which things are indifferently big or small?

Let’s now talk about material. Touch it. Cut it, fold it, weld it, burn it, oil it.

The forms are embodied but without getting up. They swell, allow the void, we could almost say they breathe, punctuating the polyphony of the conversations. « I go from a place to another one, always in the intersection between my run away own movement and the next landscape getting closer ».

Then the artist makes the pieces of fabric will dress the elements in tension here.

As to comfort it, they come twist the stiff principle of the steel to introduce the fold. Floating, flexible, the fabric brings the color and as a second layer confirms the pictorial dimension of the display. Dress, undress. The fabric is sewing, curve, movement, curtain – setting?

Finally, the artist introduces and assembles the pieces of wood, kind of magic stands that hold everything in place.

In order for the weightlessness to exist, the shape has to confront the void. The wall sculptures are a looped partition. The rhythms meet each other and get tangled. Breathe in, breath out, breath in, breath out, pause, to the long breath succeeds the hurry, jerky and urgent back-to-life respiration after the apnea.


Artists: John Wallbank, Colin Penno, Morgan Mandalay, Kim-Anh Schreiber, Adam Cruces, Daniel Van Straalen, Honza Zamojski, Jonas Wijtenburg, Sebastian Burger, Alexandra Noel, Sinae Yoo, Jimena Mendoza, Ajit Chauhan, Elif Erkan, Virginia Lee Montgomery, Sasha Auerbakh

Venue: DAMA, Turin, Italy

Exhibitors: Arcade, London; Berthold Pott, Cologne; BWSMX, Mexico City; Giorgio Galotti, Turin; Hawaii-Lisbon, Lisbon; Leto, Warsaw; Lily Robert, Paris; Tobias Naehring, Leipzig; Neochrome, Turin; Neumeister Bar-Am, Berlin/Tel Aviv; Svit, Prague; Weiss Berlin, Berlin; Meyohas, New York; Pina, Vienna

Date: November 2 – 5, 2017

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artists, galleries and DAMA