Liene Mackus and Artūrs Arnis. Personal Exhibition
Liene Mackus and Artūrs Arnis’ personal exhibition “Sunrise” will be on view in the Creative Studio of the ARSENĀLS Exhibition Hall of the Latvian National Museum of Art in Riga (Torņa iela 1, 2nd floor) from 10 June to 9 July 2017.
The personal exhibition is a record of thought or fancy told with the help of visual means. Its title, Sunrise, points to the beginning, the source. The authors explain: “It is a spatial moment which has been transferred from the imagination to a month-long exhibition in the ARSENĀLS. Similar to Henri Cartier-Bresson’s revelation that it is possible to transfix the image of eternity in a single shot, we record momentary landscapes and transfer them to three dimensions. We could call it realist poeticism.”
By exhibiting large objects of documentary origin in the Creative Studio of the ARSENĀLS Exhibition Hall of the Latvian National Museum of Art (LNMA), Liene Mackus and Artūrs Arnis organise the space for a narrative, creating an illustration of a landscape from a romantic perspective.
Sunrise is a continuation of their first exhibition together, Winter Sleep, which took place in 2015 at the Office Gallery of the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art and was based on Mackus and Arnis’ interest in sleep as a unique state of consciousness.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Liene Mackus (1984) earned a master’s degree from the Department of Sculpture at the Art Academy of Latvia. The artist makes sculptures, builds installations, draws illustrations and films animation. She has taken part in such exhibitions as A Bigger Peace, A Smaller Peace (2016), The Self. History of Latvian Contemporary Art and Greetings, Head! (both – 2014), Cēsis Art Festival and contemporary art festival Survival Kit.
Artūrs Arnis (1981) graduated from the Department of Stage Design at the Art Academy of Latvia. He has created stage design for performances at Dirty Deal Teatro, Daile Theatre, Liepāja Theatre, Mikhail Chekhov Riga Russian Theatre, Latvian National Theatre as well as exhibition design.
Arta Vārpa, Curator of the Latvian Sculpture Collection / Latvian National Museum of Art