Dunno on The Moon

Dunno on The Moon

Mural on the wall in acrylic ink, industrial alcyd on canvas panel

Bored as he was, Dunno often watched at the painting on 
the wall with the weird ticks and scrawls, and tried to 
understand what the painting shows.

“My dear brother, don’t look at the picture so much,” Kozlik advised him. “Don’t try to rack your brain. It is impossible to understand it. All painters paint like that only because the rich people buy such paintings only. One draws such ticks, the other paints incomprehensible curves, and some just put a liquid paint in a bowl and throw it in the middle of the canvas creating an absurd and weird spot. You just look at the spot and don’t get anything. It is just rubbish! But the rich stare at it and praise. “We, say, don’t even need the painting to be comprehensible. We don’t want an artist to teach us something. The rich get everything without the artist, but the poor doesn’t need to understand anything. That’s why they are poor not to understand anything and live in obscurantism.” See how he talks! …”

Nikolay Nossov. Dunno on the Moon. 1965.

About the artist

Elīna Vītola (b. 1986) is an artist based in Riga. Her conceptual and visually vibrant work varies from paintings to complex communal installations involving several other artists and creative practitioners. Classically trained as a painter at the Art Academy of Latvia (BA and MA), Vītola has taken up this medium as a companion in her artistic journey to disentangle some issues that are connected with her identity as an artist and the art world in general and to build new platforms for other artists. She has worked both as an artist and as a curator in organisations such as the Monumental Cafe and Low Gallery in Riga. Vītola has participated in exhibitions at the Latvian National Museum of Art, Kim? Contemporary Art Centre in Riga, Tallinn Art Hall, Kogo Gallery in Tartu and P/////AKT in Amsterdam. In 2018, she received the Nordic & Baltic Young Artist Award and in 2021 was shortlisted for the Purvītis Prize. Her works are in the collections of the Latvian National Museum of Art and the European Patent Office Collection.


More works by this artist

Installation: sofa, rolled up painting, oil on canvas, 210 × 2000 cm cm, 2018
Mural on the wall in acrylic ink, industrial alcyd on canvas panel, 2017-2018
Pigment fused on glass, 200 x 100 cm, 2023
Pigment fused on glass, 200 x 100 cm, 2023
Pigment fused on glass, 200 x 100 cm, 2023
Blown glass, modified perfume, 10 x 10 x 13 cm, 2023

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