21.09. - 16.10.2018. GIRTS MUIZNIEKS "Red Shift"
21.09. - 16.10.2018
Galerija "Māksla XO"
Elizabetes iela 14, Rīga, LV 1010
"It seems like a logical question to ask – what my painting has in common with the term used in the cosmology – Red Shift… However, if we abandon explicit content thinking and don’t try to look for the stories about other galactics in the paintings, then we arrive to a conclusion that the achievements in cosmology, as well as in painting and in the general progress of mankind is the result of the thinking process. Yet.. No one seems to be able to define what are the thoughts. And it seems that lately we are more and more aware that we cannot strictly define the boundaries of art and its materiality. When I look in a mirror, I see such a familiar and well-known face and character for myself. When I look at my works, I see a totally different, and maybe even an unfamiliar self. It is considered that the painting is one of the most intimate and private artistic expressions, which doesn’t allow to hide. Sometimes even using the banal term “mirror of the soul”. This is the reason why I came to the title Red Shift.
The purpose of the exhibition is an eclectic whole, which would be as an experiment, where the unifying element must be this inexplicable inner “self”" - Girts Muiznieks, 2018.
Girts Muiznieks (1956) has graduated from the Art Academy of Latvia (1982). During this time, he vividly entered the art scene, together with the young artists of his generation completely changing the traditional Latvian art scene. Since 1992, Girts Muiznieks has organized 15 solo exhibitions and participated in more than 50 group show in Latvia and abroad. Girts Muiznieks has been nominated for the Purvitis Award for his solo exhibition “Hair” (2009, Galerija 21), his works in the contemporary art exhibition at the Cesis Art Festival (2007) and his solo exhibition “Salut!” (2007, Latvian National Museum of Art).
Girts Muiznieks works are in public collections in Latvian National Museum of Art (Riga, Latvia), Art Museum of the Artists' Union of Latvia (Riga, Latvia), Georgian Museum of Art (Tbilisi, Georgia), European Central Bank (Frankfurt, Germany), State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow, Russia), Russian Ministry of Culture (Moscow, Russia).