Common Issues in Painting and Everyday Life: Crappstraction

19/09/2018 — 19/10/2018

Elīna Vītola studied painting in Riga, where she currently lives and works. Painting, the picturesque and the points where they connect with everyday triviality are central issues in the oeuvre of Vītola. The artist approaches colors, objects and painting as a whole in a conceptual way, pitching humorous questions about its subject matter, technique and material. Vītola has pointed out that she is interested in art and canned fruits — this phrase could be taken as a key handed to the viewer to unlock her art works.

Exhibition caption Common Issues In Painting and Everyday Life – Crapstraction, the word “crapstraction” is a synonym for Zombie Formalism, which characterizes the revival of abstractionism. The current exhibition is the newest chapter of Vītola’s 28 year long ongoing research project “How to become an artist?”. The exhibition consists of artist’s various attempts to find solutions to problems that she as an abstract artist is facing in her everyday life and in the process of painting. While searching for a way to become successful as an artist, Vītola is looking at different stereotypes that are associated with art and artists, through which she tries to demystify the painting process itself.

Exhibition views: Diana Tamane

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Exhibition view of Elīna Vītola’s solo exhibition Common Issues in Painting and Every-day Life: Crapstracktion.

Exhibition view of Elīna Vītola’s solo exhibition Common Issues in Painting and Every-day Life: Crapstracktion:

Elīna Vītola
Common Issues in Painting and Every-day Life 6: Crapstraction. First One

Oil on canvas
90 x 130 cm
2018

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Elīna Vītola’s solo exhibition Common Issues in Painting and Every-day Life: Crapstracktion:

Elīna Vītola
Common Issues in Painting and Every-day Life 6: Crapstraction. First One

Oil on canvas
90 x 130 cm
2018

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Exhibition view of Elīna Vītola’s solo exhibition Common Issues in Painting and Every-day Life: Crapstracktion:

Elīna Vītola
Common Issues in Painting and Every-day Life 6: Crapstraction
Painting installation, 16 oil paintings on canvas in
various sizes
2018

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Elīna Vītola’s solo exhibition Common Issues in Painting and Every-day Life: Crapstracktion. Detail view:

Elīna Vītola
Common Issues in Painting and Every-day Life 6: Crapstraction
Painting installation, 16 oil paintings on canvas in
various sizes
2018

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Elīna Vītola’s solo exhibition Common Issues in Painting and Every-day Life: Crapstracktion. Detail view:

Elīna Vītola
Common Issues in Painting and Every-day Life 6: Crapstraction
Painting installation, 16 oil paintings on canvas in
various sizes
2018

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Exhibition view of Elīna Vītola’s solo exhibition Common Issues in Painting and Every-day Life: Crapstracktion.

Exhibition view of Elīna Vītola’s solo exhibition Common Issues in Painting and Every-day Life: Crapstracktion.