Solo exhibition of Atis Jākobsons
From June 6 to September 21 of this year, the personal exhibition of the artist Ata Jākobsons will take place in the Padure manor, which includes paintings created in the last three years.
Over the past three years, Atis Jákobsons has created a kind of diary of portraits of people and objects, which contains the meaning of viewing. The central images of the works are real to the artist, but their connection with reality is actually not as essential as the reflective spiritual world. The viewer does not need anything more than what is visible – these portraits do not burden with unnecessary information, but rather encourage thinking in associations. Nothing is said in advance, because words often lose their meaning in the presence of temporary emotions. This painting contains a reminder of the essential, which each of us can treat only through subjective experience.
The artist describes his works: “These works were not created based on any concept, but rather they were created guided by intuition, inner voice and feelings. It is a desire to get to know more people, nuances of the portrait, emotions through the process of painting, thus touching one’s inner world. Portraying others it simultaneously becomes a self-portrait and an encounter with one’s psychological subtle world. It is intrinsically important to me that these portraits carry something timeless – they can be created today or 300 years ago. It is important for me to depict a timeless experience.”
The people or beings painted by Jakobson live outside the context, they are surrounded by transcendental peace and light. The immediacy of the images is not intrusive, but searching and hypnotic. The still lifes of the subjects are also portraiture. Still Life, or Slow Life, as described by Jákobson himself, leads us to think about the rules and symbols that each pictorial element contains (not only the depicted or imagined, but also the material and its use). When painting flowers, Atis Jākobsons strives to free these motifs from associative banality, showing them in a different, spiritually cognizant light. In his works, he calls flowers metaphors of emotional states, while the poet Kārlis Vērdiņš has called the plant forms included in these paintings projections of soul states. Compositions of things mirror portraits and vice versa – the mutual connection is unbreakable.
Padure manor – a 19th century classicist building that has lived its entire life in its original form – has been chosen as the location of the exhibition. The original architecture and interior of the manor symbolizes authenticity, while at the same time raising the question of what is real? Can physical belonging to a space determine our truth? When the artist lives on site in the Padure manor, the surrounding space transforms into an organic and inclusive environment. The place does not contextualize, but becomes an essential continuation of the painting. The space is the procedural experience of art and the viewer is given the opportunity to feel it vitally, realizing himself through the object and pictorial experience.
Exhibition text: Auguste Petre
Atis Jākobsons was born in 1985, currently lives and works in Riga and Berlin. Since graduating from the master’s studies of the painting department of the Latvian Academy of Arts in 2010, until now, his creative practice has been based on the traditions of painting, however, in the last five years, he has also experimented with other media and forms of expression – charcoal drawings, sculptures, ceramics, spatial installations, as well as experiments. with sound. Jakobson’s current art practice is deeply connected to the study of spiritual heritage and archetypes in contemporary Western cultures, while also addressing the myths and mysticism of the Far and Middle East. Aiming to achieve the absolute – primordial mood and representation of an idea, Atis Jākobsons intellectually balances between personal and objective representation. Repeatedly nominated for the Purvīš Award in 2012, 2015 and 2017.
05.06. – 21.09.2022.
The exhibition is open every day from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m., with prior application:
Jānis Lazdāns, +37129640028 / Alice Volanska, +371 29 753 278
The exhibition is supported by Punctum and the State Cultural Capital Fund.
Since the manor is often used for events, weddings or living, it is necessary to apply before arrival. The ticket price is 2 euros. Payable on site in cash. All proceeds go to the maintenance and renovation of the manor.
If you want to stay longer with art, book the manor and spend unforgettable days and nights. You can see the exact availability here https://airbnb.com/h/paduresmuiza