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01/02 - 17/03 


Monumental layered glass sculpture at contemporary art exhibition

Glass sculptor Ernest Vitin's solo exhibition "WITHIN THE GLASS LABYRINTH" was presented in the Riga Art Space exhibition hall (Kungu Street 3) from February 1 to March 17, 2019. This unique monumental glass installation showcases the interaction of a variety of glass expressions—from a headstone to a glass labyrinth. The viewer is enabled to integrate within the art itself.


Each person's way of life is a fascinating, sometimes frightening, sometimes misleading, enticing, and utterly captivating labyrinth – leading from one's self to one's self. The creative ways of glass sculptor Ernest Vitin have also been, at times, misleading, deceptive, imposing deadlocks, yet insightful and truthful. Within the Latvian contemporary art environment, Ernests Vitin has chosen to express his creative force in an unusual glass art manner. In pursuit of being peculiar, the artist discovered the technique of glass stacking, also called – the layered glass technique, quite early on during his student years at the Art Academy of Latvia. Since then, Ernest has systematically developed and perfected his signature style. Glass stacking art is very demanding – they require 'iron-like' patience, 'surgical' precision and constructive-creative thinking.


The labyrinth begins with a gravestone. The usual – the name of the departed person on the tomb, is replaced by the #glasssculptor. Courage and the constant expansion of consciousness, creative growth, and technological advancement are by all means the most significant part of the artist's everyday life. Next, the paths of the labyrinth lead one to dead ends, where four glass sculptures triumphally mark the artistic search variations of the sculptor. The magic of glass as a natural material hides within its reflective ability – it reveals, exposes and conceals! Thus, by placing the glass in layers, the artist achieves the effect of atmospheric depth, completely disrupting the sense of space. The glass maze creates an utterly illusory feeling. It demolishes boundaries, makes new ones, and gives guidelines. At the same time, the transparency of glass creates a drive to go further, to immerse, to explore, and to find the majestic glass sculptures! The transparency and the stacked glass layers present a fascinating effect. The scene changes from one to an entirely different view merely by walking a few steps aside. The same sheet of glass masterfully hides the sculpture behind it at one moment and reveals it at another.


Winner of the annual national award "Kilogram of Culture 2019" in the Visual Art Category

Exhibition curators: Katriona Luīze Rožlapa and Luīze Lismane

Project manager: Linda Vītiņa (nee Namniece)

Organized by: The Association of Cultural Institutions of Riga Municipality and the "Riga Art Space" 

Supported by: "Glass Service ", "Roots and Wings", and "Brīvais Vilnis ".

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