At the Riga Porcelain Museum from 22 June to 1 August 2021
Andris Vēzis is both an acclaimed artist and a designer, who skilfully blurs the boundaries between these spheres. His expressive forms, silhouettes and surface textures are equally at home on a porcelain vase or teacup saucer as in a small painting. Regardless of functionality, Andris’ objects are intended, in his own words, to “bring joy to both the heart and the eye.” His aesthetics ebb and flow from refined, elegant forms, marbleisation and gilded accents to irregular, asymmetric free forms, crumbled fractures, matted and shiny surface play and surprising colour palettes.
The exhibition “Pāreja” (Transition) encompasses works done by Andris Vēzis in 1995, when he was making a striking debut as an artist, as well as some of his more recent works from the last two years. We can observe that as time goes by, some elements undergo transformation, while others crystallize and continue to be present, for example his bold experiments with glazing and surface aesthetics, ascending forms and silhouette variations. Andris’ last exhibition at the Riga Porcelain Museum was in 2013. While on that occasion, his solo show “Pelēkā akmens stāsti” (Stories of Grey Stones) shimmered with rich colour, today non-colour predominates via a monochrome white, black and grey palette. In the hands of this talented artist, porcelain becomes a tool for constant exploration and discovery of new forms and expressive silhouettes, surface textures and contrasts. Andris Vēzis’ works awaken the senses and inspire a poetic, art loving mood.
This exhibition is part of the International Ceramics Biennale of Latvia programme.
In the photo: Andris Vēzis’ work from series “Transition. 2021. Photo by Gvido Kajons.