March 26th, 2020

Līva Rutmane at Kim?

Artist: Līva Rutmane

Venue: Kim?, Riga

Exhibition Title: PRR

Date: February 5 – March 29, 2020

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Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.


Images courtesy of Kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga. Photos by Ansis Starks.

Press Release:

KG: But do you like the process of drawing?

LR: No. I can’t stand it.

Needle in a haystack. That’s how robots translate it. It’s somewhere beyond reach, floating in the air at night. It’s a well-kept mechanism, bound to grind its maintainer. I talk to Līva’s sounds more often than with herself, I talk with wood chips. It’s almost saut dans le vide, except the void is still shaping up and growing, living as bacteria on a white cube’s concrete floor. For now, let’s hide.

((((((((((tongue slips on a banana))))))))))

Never calling, never waiting, like a photobomb in a damp piazza. Zoom in at the hollow curtains of a forgotten ministry. Mickey winks. There’s a fragrance of thrill in the air, compressed in a crystal. Fat buzz, wires, and handkerchiefs. Scarcity is rising. The only real answer is “Why not”. Oh, I forgot to ask a question.

((((((((((spring in the dread city))))))))))

I wonder if Līva has ever fallen asleep in a flower, like a bee. Sustenance is as vulnerable as a rice cracker. More thrills. Deviant turns of a constantly shifting scenery in a self-absorbing cloud of doubt. The reviews that never transformed into letters and numbers. The needle’s

drop that never happened in the Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland. I was once asked to listen to the sound of grass. I want to remain speechless.

(((((((((((who doesn’t love horses?))))))))))

Drop the needle.

“There’s no real reason. I just like… you know, long hair.”

Richard D. James, Moscow, 1994.

Text: Kaspars Groševs

Līva Rutmane (1984, Latvia) graduated Latvian Academy of Art, Graphic Art department (MA). The artist frequently works with large scale drawings and small plastic objects. Among Rutmane’s latest projects are the solo show “A cake for Līva”, gallery Low, Riga (2017) and the group show “I had amnesia once or twice”, Polansky Gallery, Brno (2019). Līva Rutmane also takes part in the artist band “Klīga” and practices self-publishing – the most recent work at Riga Zine Fest “Darbiņš”. (2018).

Supported by: Ministry of Culture, State Culture Capital Foundation, Riga City Council, KRASSKY, Satori,, Green Print, Kokmuižas alus, Gardu muti.

Link: Līva Rutmane at Kim? 

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