Artists: Indrikis Gelzis and Viktor Timofeev
Exhibition title: Skeleton of the Wind
Venue: Suprainfinit, Bucharest, Romania
Date: May 4 – 17, 2018
Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artists and Suprainfinit, Bucharest
Featured Artists: Guy Slabbinck, Nel Aerts, Friedrich Kunath, Eduardo Sarabia, Yutaka Sone, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Sine Van Menxel, N. Dash, Kim Jones, Tom Volkaert, William Ludwig Lutgens, Gaspard Joarlette, Fia Cielen, Pieter De Clercq, David Wauters, Yannick Ganseman, David Claerbout, Miroslaw Balka, Latifa Echakhch, Benny Van den Meulengracht-Vrancx, Timothy Segers, Kostas Varveris, Anne Vernimmen, Christian Van Maele, Filip Vervaet, Lilian Kreutzberger, Indrikis Gelzis, Just Quist, Amélie Bouvier, Sean Crossley
Featured venues: NK Gallery, PLUS-ONE Gallery, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Tommy Simoens, trampoline, Zeno X Gallery, Arte, Gallery Gallery, Kunst in Huis, LWM18, Micheline Szwajcer, Dvir Gallery, Pulsar, The Pink House, The Mothership, CINNNAMON, Harlan Levey Projects
Date: May 25 – 27, 2018
Photography: images courtesy of the artists and galleries, all photos by Art Viewer
Artists: Quentin Euverte, Indrikis Gelzis, Hadrien Gérenton, Matthieu Haberard, Clément Laigle, Christine Liebich Nathaniel rackowe, Kevin Rouillard, Benjamin Sabatier, Skki©
Exhibition title: Heavy Metal
Venue: Galerie Jérôme Pauchant, Paris, France
Date: April 6 – May 12, 2018
Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artists and Galerie Jérôme Pauchant
Featured Artists: Otto Berchem, David Maljkovic, Latifa Echakhch, Alex Farrar, Günther Förg, Giorgio Morandi, Manolo Millares, Miquel Barceló, Joan Miró, Michel Pérez Pollo, Matt Mullican, Jacobo Castellano, Michael E. Smith, Franz Erhard Walther, Dierk Schmidt, Carlos Fernández-Pello, David Bestué, Rasmus Nilausen, June Crespo, Daniela Antonelli, Carmen Calvo, Norman Morales, Lucas Simões, Otis Jones, Mona Hatoum, Jorge Macchi, Stefan Kürten, Ashley Hans Scheirl, Rubén Grilo, Wilfredo Prieto, Leandro Erlich, Anne-Lise Coste, João Queiroz, André Romão, Bernardo Ortiz, MP & MP Rosado, Eduardo Berliner, Vânia Mignone, Raul Díaz Reyes, Ana Jotta, Patricia Dauder, Asier Mendizabal, Almudena Lobera, Marco Godoy, Luis Gordillo, Folkert de Jong, Darío Villalba, Rubén Guerrero, Renato Leotta, Indrikis Gelzis, Anouk Kruithof
Venue: ARCO, Madrid, Spain
Featured Exhibitors: Instituto de Visión, Bogota; Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv, Brussels; Dürst Britt & Mayhew, The Hague; Heinrich Ehrhardt, Madrid / Bärbel Grässlin, Frankfurt; Elvira González, Madrid; MAI 36, Zurich; KOW, Berlin; garcía | galería, Madrid; etHALL, Barcelona; Anita Schwartz, Rio de Janeiro; Rafael Ortiz, Seville; Marso, Mexico City; Annex 14, Zurich; Alexander and Bonin, New York; Crone, Berlin, Vienna; Nogueras Blanchard, Madrid, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat; Vera Cortês, Lisbon; Alarcon Criado, Seville; Casa Triângulo, São Paulo; Ponce + Robles, Madrid; ProjecteSD, Barcelona; Max Estrella, Madrid; Luis Adelantado, Valencia; MADRAGOA, Lisbon; CINNNAMON, Rotterdam
Date: February 21 –25, 2018
Photography: images courtesy of the artists, galleries, ARCO Madrid and Art Viewer
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.