The processes that control modern life are defined by instrumental rationality (Zweckrationalität). Yet at the same time, we are mammals, driven by our innate desires. From this tension, the work of Indrikis Gelzisis is born. Impeccable in their execution, and referring to modernist aesthetics, Gelzis’ works pay homage to modern life as much as they mock it.

The works seem abstract but have figurative origins – statistical diagrams for example, or scenes of sexual encounters – always in metal tubing, fabric and furniture plate (all industrially produced materials). “The age of -ism’s” resonates in Gelzis work. Somewhere between abstraction and figuration, his works elegantly sum up the modern condition humaine.

Indrikis Gelzis was born in Riga, Lativa in 1988. He studied at ArtEZ in Enschede (NL), the Latvian Academy of Art in Riga, and HISK in Ghent. He exhibited at: Suprainfinit, Bucharest; Belenius gallery, Stockholm; Union Pacific, London; National Art Museum of Latvia, Riga; KIM? Contemporary Art Centre. Riga.  He currently lives and works in Antwerp and Riga. 

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