Indrikis Gelzis at Tallinas 10

Artist: Indrikis Gelzis

Exhibition title: Aeolian breath

Venue: Tallinas 10, Riga, Latvia

Date: October 20 – 23, 2017

Photography: Indrikis Gelzis, all images copyright and courtesy of the artist

“The ancient philosophers understood the sky in different ways, for example according to the Greek philosopher Aristotle, celestial bodies are formed by an incorruptible substance that he calls “ether,” a crystalline element with which the universe is made, and from which he claimed the human mind
was also formed. And it is ether that plays a central role here: from the ancient greek αἰθήρ, which flowed into Latin as aether, synonymous with quintessential (from medieval Latin quinta essentia in turn a variation of the the greek pémpton Stoicheion, fifth element), was an element which was added to the four that were already known, that is, fire, water, earth and air. Moreover, the greek philosopher Plato, in regard to perfect lands inhabited by superior beings, and located above the earth on which his feet rested, argued that the ether had the shape of a dodecahedron, in other words of a Platonic solid composed by twelve faces whose numerological meaning also implied a correspondence with the twelve signs of the zodiac.

Therefore, you could metaphorically consider the wall sculptures of Indriķis Ģelzis, mainly made of steel tubes adorned with various kinds of fabrics and different colors, as “platonic solids” made of symmetries, edges and vertexes. These sculptures exist in a state in between the conception of the ancient philosophers who lookedto the sky considering it the highest, clearest and most pure of the starry celestial space and the more recent conception in which space is intended as a place of
electromagnetic wave propagation, for broadcasting. They remain perpetually poised between opening and limit, perimeter and spill.”

-Domenico De Chirico

Indrikis Gelzis, Aeolian Breath, 2017, Metal, squere tubes, furniture plate, textile, 800cm x 295 cm x 50xm

Indrikis Gelzis, Aeolian Breath, 2017, Metal, squere tubes, furniture plate, textile, 800cm x 295 cm x 50xm

Indrikis Gelzis, Aeolian Breath, 2017, Metal, squere tubes, furniture plate, textile, 800cm x 295 cm x 50xm

Indrikis Gelzis, Aeolian Breath, 2017, Metal, squere tubes, furniture plate, textile, 800cm x 295 cm x 50xm

Indrikis Gelzis, Aeolian Breath, 2017, Metal, squere tubes, furniture plate, textile, 800cm x 295 cm x 50xm

Indrikis Gelzis, Aeolian Breath, 2017, Metal, squere tubes, furniture plate, textile, 800cm x 295 cm x 50xm

Indrikis Gelzis, Aeolian Breath, 2017, Metal, squere tubes, furniture plate, textile, 800cm x 295 cm x 50xm

Indrikis Gelzis, Aeolian Breath, 2017, Metal, squere tubes, furniture plate, textile, 800cm x 295 cm x 50xm

Indrikis Gelzis, Aeolian Breath, 2017, Metal, squere tubes, furniture plate, textile, 800cm x 295 cm x 50xm

Indrikis Gelzis, Aeolian Breath, 2017, Metal, squere tubes, furniture plate, textile, 800cm x 295 cm x 50xm

Indrikis Gelzis, Aeolian Breath, 2017, Metal, squere tubes, furniture plate, textile, 800cm x 295 cm x 50xm

Indrikis Gelzis, Aeolian Breath, 2017, Metal, squere tubes, furniture plate, textile, 800cm x 295 cm x 50xm

Indrikis Gelzis, Aeolian Breath, 2017, Metal, squere tubes, furniture plate, textile, 800cm x 295 cm x 50xm

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