by EVELINA VIDA and ANDRÉ VIDA 29. 05. – 21.07.2017
In the exhibition artists will conceive a meditation in concentric rhythmic cycles, sounding into the two rooms of Alma Gallery through video, ceramic, sculptural, and automated objects. The ebb and flow of the music emits in time from each object, creating momentary presences in the space. The works call back and forth with each other creating a fragile ever changing atmosphere.
About the works
In one of the artworks called `Wanderlust`, large hat (designed by Beatrise Gore) moves around the floor. When it hits anything it sounds out klanging and keeps turning until its path is free. As `Wanderlust` moves between the two rooms of the gallery it starts bumping into the wall where the video `Alone Together` is projected. In the video, André Vida is holding a plastic sliding self made musical wind instrument. He stands in a clearcutting in the Latvian forest, behind him is a person (Pauline Recke) who is fingering his face like a saxophone and breathing into the back of his neck. The two performers play in equilibrium, leading and following in turn with each other. The ritual gestures of power expressed between the two reinforce the unaltered identities of each performer.
As the low glissando of the pvc instrument of `Alone Together` sings through the gallery, `Wanderlust` hat bumps into the edge of `A Low Flying Cloud` – a slightly elevated three meter wide island in the front room of the Gallery. The hardwood floor of the front room is transformed into the sea. The island carries drawings and bird prints (drawn in collaboration with Agnese Sidrevica). `A Low Flying Cloud` is accompanied by a slowly developing and subtle musical composition, a meditation inspired by a Lawrence Weiner piece `THE WEIGHT OF THE LIGHT / FROM ABOVE / BROUGHT TO BEAR ON THE FROTH / OF THE WAVES ON THE SEA.
The walls of the front room of the Gallery are supporting strangely shaped ceramic objects: beaks, mouths, and clouds, that organise into a fragile and quirky solar system. Amongst the ceramics, selected drawings by Evelina Vida depict the house of the folk-tale character Baba Yaga. The small house on chicken feet rotates as Baba Yaga, the old wise woman and witch brews her concoctions inside. Whether her intentions are benevolent or evil, she provokes transformation. The characters of the Baba Yaga folk stories are often unable to go back to their old ways or forms. The image of the house on chicken legs brings the viewer to `One Step Bawk` –a ceramic bowl on a stand. From the outside it looks like a planet, yet when you walk up and look in, you see chickens doing a ritual, stepping back and forth. There is a song coming from inside the bowl. It sounds like a shaman singing with a choir of chickens.
About the artists
Evelina Vida (1978) lives and works at Riga, Latvia and Berlin, Germany. She has represented Latvia at the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009). Her art works have been presented at the 15th Sydney Biennale (2006), the 2nd Moscow Biennale (2007), Manifesta 7 (2008), 12th Cairo Biennale (2010), Nordic Art Biennale, Sweden (2013) and solo shows in Latvia, Germany, Holland, and Italy. Evelina Vida uses mixed techniques in her work, experimenting with sound and visual elements. Her conceptual approach is tempered by existential moods and human experiences, creating a space where sorrow collides with happiness and drama is diffused with humor.
Works in collections
Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art, Riga, Latvia
N.B.K. Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany
Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art, Riga, Latvia
Krakow Museum of Contemporary Art, Riga, Latvia
Musee de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris, France
Andrew Cook private collection, Sydney, Australia
André Vida (1974) is a Berlin-based composer and saxophonist. He has performed widely as a soloist and has collaborated with a diverse group of artists including Anthony Braxton, Kevin Blechdom, Tarek Atoui, Hildur Gudnadottir, Max Loderbauer, Rashad Becker, Nico Dockx, Ari Benjamin Meyers, and Jamie Lidell. He has worked closely with Anri Sala on performances at the Serpentine Gallery in London, the Roman Amphitheatre in Arles, Frieze London and the Havana Biennale.
Vida has been commissioned by The Tre-Centric Foundation, Global Art Forum 7 and 10, the 8th Berlin Biennale, Eyebeam, and the European Sax Ensemble to create new performance pieces focused on the medium and materiality of scoring. These works include explorations of interactivity, animation, lighting, and clothing design as elements of a compositional system based on the physicality of performance. A three volume set of his work from 1995 - 2011 was released on PAN, his piece for 41 saxophones, Minor Differences, was released on Entr’acte, and he has been featured in The Wire, TANK, Monopol, and Electronic Beats.