Aeolian breath

Tallinas iela 10,
Riga, Latvia

October 20 - October 23

The ancient philosophers understood the sky in different ways, for example according to the Greek
philosopher Aristotle, celestial bodies are formed by an incorruptible substance that he calls “ether,”
a crystalline element with which the universe is made, and from which he claimed the human mind
was also formed. And it is ether that plays a central role here: from the ancient greek αἰθήρ,
which flowed into Latin as aether, synonymous with quintessential (from medieval Latin quinta essentia
in turn a variation of the the greek pémpton Stoicheion, fifth element), was an element which was
added to the four that were already known, that is, fire, water, earth and air. Moreover, the greek
philosopher Plato, in regard to perfect lands inhabited by superior beings, and located above the earth
on which his feet rested, argued that the ether had the shape of a dodecahedron, in other words
of a Platonic solid composed by twelve faces whose numerological meaning also implied a
correspondence with the twelve signs of the zodiac.

Therefore, you could metaphorically consider the wall sculptures of Indriķis Ģelzis, mainly made of
steel tubes adorned with various kinds of fabrics and different colors, as “platonic solids" made of
symmetries, edges and vertexes. These sculptures exist in a state in between the conception of the
ancient philosophers who lookedto the sky considering it the highest, clearest and most pure of the
starry celestial space and the more recent conception in which space is intended as a place of
electromagnetic wave propagation, for broadcasting. They remain perpetually poised between
opening and limit, perimeter and spill. The conception of a sky understood as non-addition becomes
full of references and manifests itself in the structure of these works that delineate
negative spaces, real exhortations to the sky which from time to time are dressed as the land.

Domenico De Chirico

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Aeolian Breath
Metal squere tubes, red fabric, furniture plate
Dimension: 800cm x 295cm x 50cm
2017