After a Failed Metaphor.
The work is formed of a large charcoal drawing, essentially - an entropic plane consisting of residual accumulation of carbon dust - dark, vaporous surface above which there are suspended proto-objects/drawings. While there is a suggestion of a possibility of an image, however, not manifested, it has fallen into none-existence... A process-work — essentially an artifact of a preconceived failed attempt at image making it becomes a failed metaphor of itself. — Arturs Virtmanis
In my latest collection of paintings, I am exploring infinite space within geometrical structures, constructing environments where perception of depth and shape can be equally familiar and alien. These new landscapes reveal a seemingly inevitable need for movement or escape; the tension within structures and light/shadow allows us to imagine more than what we can see on the painting’s surface. Megalithic simplicity has been one of my long standing fascinations, from the land art projects of the western U.S. deserts to depopulated inner cities. These paintings are inspired by those who dared to travel into the unknown and never turned back (explorers, architects, scientists) allowing us to have a glimpse into worlds which are not already populated and domesticated. – Henri Preiss
The works of Janis Sneiders are materializing artist reflections on Filling: a closed system, reins, arrangements, pulling out and staying in it... on armor and protective reaction... On these topics, the artist has been employed for some time and are still considering. For Sneiders, painting are an endless process, long-term searches and experiments. Every next step is an attempt to break over what has already been explored, an attempt to find and introduce something new in order to start everything again from the beginning.
My artwork is my way to step out of everyday reality and dive into my inner universe. It is the way to meet with my inner child - the boss of creativity and to rediscover myself again, and again.
The more I lose up the control, the more unexpected and pure the outcome is. Spontaneity, improvisation, play and joy combined with care and patience are the tools I work with. My works bring out intense, surreal, unexpected, metaphorical and fragile qualities through a wide range of disciplines: drawing, painting, and sculpture. — Peteris Lidaka