Artist Crisis Center

4.10. - 1.11.2019.
duo show with Elīna Vītola at LOW gallery, Riga

In October 2019 Artist Crisis Center was open in the welcoming premises of gallery LOW to provide support for the creative types cheated by Fortune or beaten by the hooves of Pegasus. Accompanied by a shelter for unwanted art and around-the-clock help centre, it provided refuge and assistance for those in need, all while surrounded by a soothing atmosphere to ease agitated minds and restless souls. The gallery space was unusually cozy as the stark whiteness of a white cube was replaced by pleasantly beige interior. Clearly distinguishable health workers were always ready to instruct visitors in use of the healing equipment or provide the guidance to artists at troublesome times. The difficulty of placing your uncomfortable body in the pompous setting of an exhibition opening was eliminated by the convenient seating, while dimmed lighting hid flaws of disgraced artists and embarrassing artwork as well as those found in the faces of viewers.

Artist Crisis Center is a duo project by artists Ieva Kraule-Kūna and Elīna Vītola sheltering unwanted, failed and nourishing artworks by Normunds Brasliņš, Anna Ceipe, F5, Alexei Gordin, Flo Kasearu, Darja Meļņikova, Ieva Putniņa, Kristīne Kursiša, Maija Kurševa, Klāvs Upacieris, Ojārs Pētersons, Juris Pudāns, Līva Rutmane, Līga Spunde, Kristaps Zariņš, Amanda Ziemele.