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On Thursday, July 9, from 16:00 to 20:00 at RIXC gallery will take place the opening of the exhibition "Rolis" by the artist Lidija Zaneripa. In the exhibition "Rolis", Lidija Zaneripa explores the aesthetic, graphic and functional properties of instant noodles, creating a series of three-dimensional sculptures and digital images.

Rolton is probably today's most popular lifestyle - quick noodles that swell to perfection quickly, cheaply, without undue effort - a complete set to quench hunger. Such a meal is seemingly appealing, but the effect of Rolton on the digestive system is not "fast and effortless". Such a lifestyle involves long-term suffering, only calming down the brain activity.

In the “Rolis” exhibition, Rolton is served with spices saturated with aesthetics, revealing not only the functional, but also the aesthetic and graphic properties of Rolton, illustrated in three-dimensional objects next to the series of images.

It is surprising how different types of Rolton differ in their properties and the way they are formed. The artist, starting this passion for instant noodles, soon learned various stories about Rolton and people's experiences with it. However, the most memorable is the long-experienced sadness and puzzlement about why, before cooking Rolton, it is crushed so brutally?

The author, in the process of crushing Rolton, tried to unravel the Rolton pattern, forming amazing noodle shapes. There are about five different ways in which a Rolton can be split. There are five components from which to build a ROLIS.

Additionally to pondering about the functionality of the material, it is possible to wonder if the process with the artworks is the same as with Rolton - just boil the water and pour it over - Rolton does everything itself. ROLIS seems to be a mythical creature, transformed into this reality, choosing an artist as a mediator.

Some of the aspects that the author explores in the exhibition are variations with the boundaries of media and materials, the search of aesthetic in the materials, combinations of materials and technologies, which at first may not seem compatible with either aesthetics or each other. The exhibition, using symbols in the public perception unsuitable for the beautiful, addresses the issue of the vision of the beautiful. The main focus of the exhibition is the search of aesthetic in ideas, objects and materials that would not always seem attractive at first and which could even be called grotesque, finding the aesthetic aspect where no one expects it.

Lidija Zaneripa is a young artist who is currently studying for a master's degree at the Latvian Academy of Arts, Department of Visual Communication, actively participating in exhibitions of young artist groups in Latvia, France, Portugal, etc.


The opening of the exhibition "Rolis" - on July 9, 16:00 to 20:00, ar RIXC gallery, Lenču iela 2. The exhibition is open until August 22, 2020.

Supported by Riga City Council, State Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia,  Department of Visual Communication of Latvian Academy of Arts.


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