From October 24 to November 15, 2014 the Mūkusala Art Salon presents a bright and energetic exhibition that brings together artists mother Ilze Avotiņa and daughter Kristīne Luīze Avotiņa. The title of the exhibition, “Parallel Worlds”, has been chosen as a metaphor on the autonomous perspectives of both artists on a similar set of subjects, as well as the exhibition's character and design.
Kristīne Luīze's latest canvases with close-ups of flowers inhabit the salon's Main Gallery, with flower motifs weaving onto the gallery walls. Although the works are bright and energetic, the enlarged flower motifs and the bright colourfulness create a surreal, almost ominous mood.
Ilze's paintings are presented in the Upper Gallery, where distinctive effects are achieved through the use of unconventional colours and a lighting system, specifically adapted to the exposition, with the light source sequentially switching on and off, as well as the use of an ultraviolet lamp. The artist has created her works using both luminescent acrylic and phosphor acrylic paints, which are charged by light. When the gallery goes dark, they start to emit light, revealing previously unseen elements in the composition and altering the overall character of the paintings. A different mood in these same works is created by switching on ultraviolet light.
Marking their joint exhibition, the artists have attempted to approach each other's artistic language. One of Ilze's works was created using Kristīne Luīze's favoured rose motifs, range of colours and principles of composition. Meanwhile, Kristīne Luīze has painted one her works with phosphor acrylic paint to be seen under different lighting, just like Ilze's works.
“We live in parallel worlds, but travel the same, eternally beautiful and unique road of painting”, says Ilze Avotiņa about the exhibition.
Ilze Avotiņa (1952) and Kristīne Luīze Avotiņa (1983) are widely recognised artists, whose handwritings are characterised by decorative ornamentality, the use of pure and bright colours, idyllic motifs. Ilze's works are inhabited by idealised female characters, still-lifes, landscapes that on occasion contain references to works by popular Western artists. Kristīne Luīze's paintings have more emphasis on flower motifs as well as a surreal mood, that joins figural, floral and landscape elements.
Publicity image: Kristīne Luīze Avotiņa "The Unfading Pink of Your Cheeks”. 2014. Oil on canvas. 180 x 200 cm. Photo: Didzis Grodzs