30.10. - 25.11.2014. Vineta Kaulaca "VIEWING DISTANCE"

30.10. - 25.11.2014

Galerija "Māksla XO"

Elizabetes iela 14, Rīga, LV 1010

"Viewing Distance II" 2014, oil on canvas, 250x180

VINETA KAULACA "Viewing Distance"

„When does the passing moment become present, experienced and the ever- changing, constant? What is the force, that makes one return to a situation, an image, a word? Describing the power of the gaze in a photographically obtained image, Barthes highlights the punctum, a spontaneous and simultaneous unity with experience: “However lightning-like it may be, the punctum has, more or less potentially, a power of expansion. This power is often metonymic”.

The production of a painting includes movement expanded in space. An image's power to expand, gains a physical, corporeal transformation. Finding oneself in constant motion, one's relationship and movement trajectory is closely related to spatial conditions. By contrast, the perception of space will vary depending on your point of view, experience, perception, and countless other conditions. Decisions on the development of a painting are adopted in the process of creation, the initial idea interacts with the development process. All this process is revealed at the same time, and it includes information, that develops together with the painting and is not predictable beforehand.

„We see only what we look at. What would vision be without eye movement? And how could the movement of the eyes not blur things if movement were blind? If it were only a reflex? If it did not have its antennae, its clairvoyance? If vision were not prefigured in it” - M. Merleau Ponty.

While working on the exhibition “Viewing Distance" I have focused my attention on the relationships between the visible and seen, between image and object, and the expansion of motion (both glance, and physically spatial) and its fixation.

Vineta Kaulaca, 2014.


Vineta Kaulaca was born in 1971 in Riga and graduated from The Latvian Academy of Arts. She studied at the Berlin University of the Arts, in the Visual Communication department (UdK Germany) and Humboldt State University, at the Photo and Painting department (California, USA).
For the personal exhibition “Exercise in Mnemonics” in the gallery “Maksla XO” (2011) Vineta Kaulaca is nominated for the prestigious“Purvitis Award 2013”.

Works in public collections:
Latvian National Museum of Art/ Riga, Latvia
Art in Embassies. Embassy of The United States/ Riga, Latvia
Contemporary Art Collection of Swedbank / Riga, Latvia
Swedbank Contemprary Art Collection/ Riga, Latvia
Collection of Unibank / Riga, Latvia
Collection of DNB Bank / Riga, Latvia
Federculture / Rome, Italy
The European Parliament Collection/ Brussels, Belgium

Private collections: USA, Austria, the Czech Republic, Ireland, France, Latvia, Great Britain, Mexico, Slovakia, Finland, Switzerland, Germany