Entropic Salon (American Edition 2019)
IN THE WAKE OF A FAILED METAPHOR
Artūrs Virtmanis creates visually and metaphorically dense provisional drawing environments that combine imagery of past eras, cryptic texts in the form of undecipherable calligraphy, dimensional paper object-sculptures, architectural scale models and residual artifacts. Using charcoal drawing as his main medium, his artwork addresses such themes as entropy, messianism, melancholia, and histories of humanities.
For this year's Volta, Artūrs Virtmanis is presenting a large charcoal and pastel drawing named Guernica-Americana and a set of dioramic sculptural objects. This work is not an analytical inquiry into sociopolitical processes, but rather an ecstatic plunge into the flotsam and jetsam of American vernacular — an entropic vaudevillian hodgepodge of high and low, thrust by past histories into today’s collective anxieties.