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Krišs Salmanis

Santa Mičule

A book about Krišs Salmanis by Santa Mičule is published in the series STUDIJA Library”.

The art of Krišs Salmanis observes us quietly. Everyday paradoxes serve as allegories of existential situations, which both estrange the viewer, and give an insight into a calm buddhist view of the world. The art of Krišs Salmanis also quietly observes our own observations, not bothering us with trivial questions. It is the poetry of masking tape and post-it notes with mathematical ambitions: to measure the volume of infinite space, for example, or to work out the percentage of the inescapable presence of simplicity within the complexities of life.

Santa Mičule
Krišs Salmanis

The book can be regarded as “a modest attempt at examining the situations encountered in Salmanis’ works and to analyse the methods he uses to explore them through his characteristic forms of artistic expression”.

How do you make a brand from a person who plays both with 19th century landscapes as well as duct tape from the hardware store?

Krišs Salmanis
Krišs Salmanis

Krišs Salmanis has become one of the leading personalities in Latvian art over a fairly short period of time. His works and solo exhibitions are much anticipated and widely discussed. Salmanis has also achieved recognition and high praise abroad, where he has been invited to organize solo exhibitions, take part in group shows and residencies. Salmanis graduated from the Visual Communications Department of the Art Academy of Latvia in 2003, and he belongs to the semi-official, so-called “viscom” art movement.  Salmanis also studied media art at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne and has studied at the Latvian Christian Academy. Salmanis has participated in exhibitions since 1996. Together with Kaspars Podnieks, he created the Latvian pavilion “North by Northeast” for the 55th International Venice Art Biennale, while together with his sister Anna Salmane and composer Kristaps Pētersons, he received the most illustrious art prize in Latvia in February 2017 – the Purvītis Prize, for the exhibition “Song”.

Santa Mičule is an art historian and critic. Mičule regularly publishes articles dedicated to contemporary visual culture in Latvian and European cultural media. Currently Mičule is enrolled in the Art History PhD programme at the Art Academy of Latvia, she also works as one of the editors of Echo Gone Wrong, the internet magazine for Baltic contemporary art.

Krišs Salmanis

 

 

 

Krišs Salmanis

2018
In Latvian and English
Design: Dita Pence. Literary editor: Guna Pence
Translator into English: Marianna Auliciema. English proof-reader: Iveta Boiko
Image processing: Jānis Veiss. Photo: Valdis Jansons, Valts Kleins, Gatis Rozenfelds,
Krišs Salmanis, Ansis Starks
132 pp., semi-paperback, ISBN 978-9934-565-32-8

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