Gremzde's current practice explores human and nature relationship regarding nature as a focus for the formation of individual and community's identity. Growing separateness from nature and dominating consumer lifestyle results in more time spent in constructed, artificial spaces like shopping malls and waiting halls defined as non-places, which being real measure of our time opposed to places have no identity, relations and history. The scene of nature paid close look at as opposite can open itself to reveal a secret life, a narrativity and history outside the given field of perception. read full statement
Qualifications and training:
2011 - MA Fine Art, Wimbledon College of Art, London
2009 - BA Humanities and Fine Art, Art Academy of Latvia, Painting department
2016 'Art in Plain English' by Susan Hodara - http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/27/nyregion/at-exhibitions-in-peekskill-art-in-plain-english.html
2014 'Restless' at 126 Gallery, part of Galway International Arts Festival, by Aidan Dunne - http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/art-and-design/galway-s-festival-of-pictures-pop-opera-and-soundscapes-1.1868378
2013 'Rubbish' by Alice Bradshaw - http://www.axisweb.org/features/profile/curated-selections/alice-bradshaw
2012 'Vacant Lots at WW Gallery' by Anna McNay - http://art-corpus.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/review-of-susie-hamilton-inguna-gremzde.html
2011 Axis MAStar by WW Gallery - http://www.axisweb.org/features/profile/mastars/inguna-gremzde/
Gremzde's current practice explores human and nature relationship. Work implies landscape elements, regarding landscape as a portrait of nature, which can be looked at as a focus for the formation of identity. Growing separateness from nature and dominating consumer lifestyle results in more time spent in constructed, artificial spaces like shopping malls and waiting halls defined as non-places, which are real measure of our time and opposed to places have no identity, relations and history.
Most of recent work deals with miniature landscape paintings placed in standardized plastic bottle caps, which are a small world on it's own depicting sky, meadows and woods, surrounded by contemporary frame, possibly for looking at when seized by vague feeling of necessity to escape from urban environment. Even not showing any trace of human presence the scenes juxtapose contemporary consumer lifestyles with man's historically romantic relationship with nature. The usage of mass produced plastic caps implies the ambiguity of trashing landscape and recycling the caps. The work in the same time investigates the common trend of landscape being regarded as unclean and unsafe unless neatly packaged, managed, labeled and turned into commodity. The work addressing the individual's sense of belonging to specific place questions global ecological issues.
Conceptually miniature scale could be regarded as a reference to the shrinking space of untouched nature. The small scale of the paintings engages the viewer in a close examination and the scene of nature paid close look at can open itself to reveal a secret life, a narrativity and history outside the given field of perception.
Art in Plain English
By SUSAN HODARA, Published March 27, 2016 in New York Times
Exhibition on view 15/01/2016 - 12/02/2016
Trestle Gallery, New York City, US
Arts Guild New Jersey; Rahway, NJ, US
13/09/2015 - 08/10/2015
Jurors: Evonne Davis & Emma Vilcox, Directors ...
Zmart Gallery of the Loukia & Michael Zampelas Art Museum, Nicosia, Cyprus
24/ 07/ 2015 - 08/ 08/ ...
Aula La Llotgeta; Valencia, Spain
18/06/2015 - 30/07/2015
04/03/2015 - 28/03/2015
Exhibition of Found Object Art, Assemblage, and Other Transformed ...
Exhibition at Thompson Gallery; Weston, MA, US, examining human perfectibility, dystopic societal issues ...
Exhibition Opening Reception at Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art; Peekskill, NY, US
Exhibition at Trestle Gallery; New York City, US
Social and Pollitically Engaged Art
Reece Museum; Johnson City, TN, US
Exhibition at The Painting Center; New York City, US, curated by Susan Post, Colleen Randall and Patricia ...
Juror David A. Ross. ----- Honorable Mention Award
San Diego Art Institute; San Diego ...
Exhibition at La Galerie Métanoïa; Paris, France
Lessedra Gallery; Sofia, Bulgaria
Exhibition at Crossing Art; New York, US
Whether relating to the past, present, future or thematically, each ...
133rd Annual Exhibition at Ulster Museum; Belfast, Northern Ireland
Exhibition at Binyamin Gallery; Tel Aviv, Israel, curated by Diana Ali,
investigating enticement ...
Exhibition on view -
28/06/2014 to 30/09/2014 at Taller Galeria Fort; Cadaqués, Spain.
Exhibition at the Monmouth Museum; Lincroft, NJ, US
|Artforms / type of project||Painting, Photography, Printmaking|
|Tags||painting, nature, landscape, environment, supermarket, figurative, recycling, mixed media, grid|