Within the framework of the Riga Photography Biennial 2018, the Yves Ullen’s solo exhibition Tribute will be on view in Riga Central Library.
There are numerous references to painting in Yves Ullens’ work. The optical effects and the geometric compositions of certain images such as Blue Floating Shapes into Red, Disco Lights or White Light Sculpture evoke the kinetic works of Victor Vasarely or Bridget Riley. His more recent works in the Coloured Meditation series evoke the Colorfield Paintings of Mark Rothko, who used to express himself by means of one or more colours, with vague contours, laid flat on the canvas.
Each of the images has a title that evokes strong and positive emotions. There is a certain sensitivity linked to the state of mind of the artist for which he is keen to share through his works. The endless variety of colours and lights, whether natural or artificial, results from the richness of the textures and the forms captured by the lens. The subject is no longer identifiable and simply vanishes, making way for emotions and imagination.
Riga Photography Biennial, an international contemporary art event, will take place from 5 April in Riga, Liepāja, Cēsis, Daugavpils and Tartu (Estonia) as part of a wider programme celebrating the centenary of the Republic of Latvia, offering a varied programme of exhibitions, performances, symposium, discussions and masterclasses.
The theme of this year’s Biennial is self-awareness – who we are and who we chose to become in times when social, political and cultural dynamics afford us continuous and new transformation opportunities. The title of the Biennial ‘I Like Your Face’ using face as a metaphor highlights the complex processes involved in the formation of identity and meaning.
Many thanks to exhibition supporters and partners: State Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia, AS “Antalis”, Lux Express, media arterritory.com, lsm.lv, Latvijas Radio 1, Radio NABA, magazine IR, Punctum, Satori.
Curator: Dianne Beal (US)
Text: Caroline Bouchard
Image: Yves Ullen. Orange and Red Composition #1, Malaga (Spain), 2013