Gallery Bastejs at Volta Basel presents two artsits: Henrijs Preiss with works from his project DESINTHESIZED and Franceska Kirke works from project TRANSFORM.
After studying as a painter and scenographer at the Art Academy of Latvia, Henrijs Preiss went to Complete an MA in Scenography at Central Saint Martins London. In 1999 he won a prize at the Prague Quadrennial 99, International Scenic Design Exhibition, 2004 BernisCenter For Contemporary Arts Residency, 2013 Finalist/Nominee for Purvitis Prize, Riga Latvia.
Internationally, Preiss has been included in Kurt Beers „100 Painters of Tomorrow” Thames & Hudson issue. His works ar at Saatchi coletction in London, KIA Seoul, Jain Collection, Deli, Art University of London, Irina and Mara Vitoli and Janis Zuzans collection.
His latest project is DESINTHESIZED. One of the inspirations of his work is architecture, brutalism style with its simplicity, playfulness of lights and synthesized 80’s electronic music. All works have numbers in chronological order instead of a title.
Franceska Kirke: “In my artwork I mostly work with quotes, with looking back at past images in paintings of 17th and 18th century. Those are my favorite periods of time, from which I receive my inspiration.”
The projects “Transform” new works are like a journey in time and styles of paintings. There and back, freely wondering between centuries from “hollanders” to “emojis” visual signs. Pointillism, tachisme, abstract expressionism combined with 18th century’s school of painting and creates new meaning of time. The audience “lives” the change of visual code of the century and transformation that is an endless process.
The artwork “Vanitas” is like allegory to transient beauty, fashion, taste, mixing in one work picture of Holland’s flowers with “grafted” Murakami flowers, which changes to Louis Vuitton stylized flower logo. And it all is being eaten by a caterpillar. The color flushes out, nothing is eternal, including the caterpillar, which symbolizes life’s momentary.
In favorite Hollandish painters, Willem Kalf, still life paintings, where his more loved objects are replaced with Andy Warhol’s soup cans, which is the symbol of those times — very recognizable for people who are interested in Warhol. And now everything is communicating with each other in one framework.