Alma Gallery, Riga
29 May—21 July 2017
In their first exhibition together Evelina Vida and André Vida conceive a meditation
in concentric rhythmic cycles, sounding into the two rooms of Alma Gallery through
video, ceramic, sculptural, and automated objects. The ebb and flow of the music
emits in time from each object, creating momentary presences in the space.
The works call back and forth with each other, creating a fragile, ever-changing
In Wanderlust, a large hat (designed by Beatrise Gore) moves around the floor.
When it hits anything it sounds out klanging and keeps turning until its path is free.
As Wanderlust moves between the two rooms of the gallery it starts bumping into
the wall where the video 'Alone Together' is projected. In the video, André Vida
is holding a plastic sliding self made musical wind instrument. He stands in a
clearcutting in the Latvian forest, behind him is a person (Pauline Recke) who is
fingering his face like a saxophone and breathing into the back of his neck. The
two performers play in equilibrium, leading and following in turn with each other.
Video stills from Alone Together
As the low glissando of the pvc instrument of Alone Together sings through the
gallery, Wanderlust hat bumps into the edge of A Low Flying Cloud — a slightly
elevated three meter wide island in the front room of the Gallery. The hardwood
floor of the front room is transformed into the sea. The island carries drawings and
bird prints (drawn in collaboration with Agnese Sidrevica). A Low Flying Cloud is
accompanied by a slowly developing and subtle musical composition, a meditation
inspired by a Lawrence Weiner piece THE WEIGHT OF THE LIGHT/FROM ABOVE/
BROUGHT TO BEAR ON THE FROTH/OF THE WAVES ON THE SEA.
→ Alone Together: video
The walls of the front room of the Gallery are supporting strangely shaped ceramic
objects: beaks, mouths, and clouds, that organise into a fragile and quirky solar
system. Amongst the ceramics, selected drawings by Evelina Vida depict the house
of the folk-tale character Baba Yaga. The small house on chicken feet rotates as
Baba Yaga, the old wise woman and witch brews her concoctions inside. Whether
her intentions are benevolent or evil, she provokes transformation. The characters
of the Baba Yaga folk stories are often unable to go back to their old ways or forms.
The image of the house on chicken legs brings the viewer to One Step Bawk —
a ceramic bowl on a stand. From the outside it looks like a planet, yet when you
walk up and look in, you see chickens doing a ritual, stepping back and forth.
There is a song coming from inside the bowl. It sounds like a shaman singing with
a choir of chickens.
→ Two Steps Forward: video
Two Steps Forward
Installation view and video stills