SABINE VERNERE | Student diaries
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Contemporary Art Exhibition in Art Station Dubulti, Jūrmala

12.03.2016 – 05.06.2016

student-diaries The participants of the exhibition are young artists. They are students still. The format of the diary shows that the exhibition is interested not only in the result, but also in circumstances and ideas relating to the creaton of these works. „Student Diaries“ include finished works and studies, sketches and conceptions, experiments with material an violations of normative lexis. The exhibition leads us beyond the framework of institutionalized conceptions. Not to interpret – is the idea that the exhibition started with. To allow the artists tell their own stories, however unorthodox, fragile, untamed or vague they might seem to artists themselves. The format of the diary resulted from the desire to be nearer to the „crude“ art.
It is obvious that art has not died yet, though the opposite opinion is often mainteined today. Various and multiform artistic phenomena occur all the time. However, despite the fact that art has not died, we have a feeling that something has died in art itself. To be more precise – thet the great spreading of art is not based on the power and potential actually inherent in art. The contradiction can be characterized like this: in art, essential is a true subjectivity. Rather than sublective acts where objective forces are manifesting themselves. Under the supervision of contemporary institutions, art gets objectivized as a younger sister of policy. The „Student Diaries“ do not follow this way. Thinking about the objectivication of art where involuntarily the artists themselves are involved, a desire to sketch the intuitive link of young artists with art history has crystalized as the common denominator of the exhibition. Fifteen authors of the exhibition have formulated their own insights about their expierence in art. These can be read at the exposition. The history of today is close, however it is not its chronology, but rather interpretation that determinnes its closeness or remotesness most essentially. Art history is the place where artists live in a particulal geographic and cultural reality parallel with their wordly life. Projections of history are able to impart illusory clarity and comleteness of form to the elusive present time.It is by no chance that the contemporary art to great extentis characterized by such concepts as „appropriation“ and „inter-textuality“, and also by such a refined excercise as discarding a meta-discourse or author’s position.
How are Latvian young artists affected by these and other refinements of post-medrnism? Does a professional training lead them to important findings? How do young artists feel subjectivity? How does a young artist feel himself among the universal paradigms of contemporary art and his geographical „pain“ – Latvia? Is the aspect of constructing Latvian identity, well-observable in works by many Latvian young artists which allow comparing contemporary time with aspirations of the 19th and 20th century artists, a shallow phantasm or a deep reality?
Thirty- and fourty-year old artist as well as the living classics hold a stable place in the contemporary art, while the younger generation is not known to the general public. Inga Šteimane, curator of the Art Station Dubulti, and painter Kaspars Zariņš, professor of the Paintind Department at Art Academy of Latvia, have cooperated to involve fifteen young artists studying in Latvia in an innovative exhibition „Student Diaries“: Dārta Lote Bērziņa, Sabīne Vernere, Dāvis Ozols, Kristīne Kutepova, Marta Veinberga, Sabīne Moore, Alise Bēržvade, Sintija Gādiga, Daina Šteinerte, Talita Vālodze, Alvīne Bautra, Agate Lielpētere, Anna Pabērza, Laura Āboliņa, Envija Medne.

– Inga Šteimane

see photos from opening here


Sabīne Vernere is fascinated by the most intimate human thoughts and processes in subconsciosness. In her paintings she shows how the world affects a human and cn even deform him. And equally great interest she has in the unpredictable flow of ink and water-color. All ink drawings and water-colors have to be considered artist’s self-portraits, however the faces painted from telephone selfies correspond directly to this name. We cannot easily recognize the artist in those faces, since the outside world affects both the model (psychologically) and the image (tehnologically). Self-portraits created by Sabīne Vernere make us remember what the outstanding contemporary painter Marlene Dumas had once said: that she would lke to pay greater attention to how painting influences image, and not only to how image influences painting.

– Inga Šteimane          ­

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