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Exhibition "The Spirit of Cities" in New York
On February 8, 2016, the gallery "Onetwentyeight" in New York (USA) opens an exhibition "The Spirit of Cities" by Aleksejs Naumovs, the Rector of the Art Academy of Latvia (AAL), Kristaps Zariņš, the Vice-Rector of the AAL, and Jacek J. Kolasinski, the Chair of the Art and Art History Department at Florida International University (FIU), which showcases paintings and 3D printed objects.
The exhibition "The Spirit of Cities" is part of the art project "World Cities. Live Paintings" exhibited in numerous cities worldwide: Delhi, Washington, D.C., Miami, Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi, New York, Paris, Venice, Burano, Budapest, Vienna, Riga, and many others. More artists continually join this project, this time Aleksejs Naumovs and Kristaps Zariņš with large scale paintings and Jacek J. Kolasinski with 3D cityscape models.

The common subject of the artworks is the spirit of the city. The works exhibited reflect the impressions from world metropolises and culturally rich European cities. The exhibition is constantly supplemented by painting new cities and sites. The artists don't make sketches or photos while painting; therefore, the artworks, made in alla prima technique, convey the gist of the urban landscape – visually, emotionally, and semantically. The showcased art works question the beholder – does the spirit of the city lies in the architectonic structures, hustle and bustle and movement or color combinations? What allows us to recognize a specific city? What constitutes a mental image of a city we have visited or, on the contrary, have never been to?

In turn, Jacek J. Kolasinski's artworks are cityscape models – 3D printed collage of cities the artist has visited.  The result is his own personal cityscapes – fragmentary, selective, idealized, and restructured materialized memories according to his own conception. 

In collaboration with the artist Jacek J. Kolasinski, the exhibition "The Spirit of Cities" and the art project "World Cities. Live Paintings" have gained a new form and conceptual content; and this time the interaction between the artists' creative work is of much greater importance. One way how artists deal with the encounter between analog and digital media, is by representing three-dimensional artworks in two-dimensional surface – painting.

As in other art project "World Cities. Live Paintings" events, plein air workshops, led by Aleksejs Naumovs, Kristaps Zariņš and with participation of Jacek J. Kolasinski, took place in New York. The newly made art works are included in the exhibition.

In 2014, the AAL and FIU signed a memorandum of co-operation for years 2014-2021 that foresees collaboration in BA and MA programs, including student and academic staff exchange. Starting from study year 2015/2016, the AAL and FIU implement mutual mobility program in the framework of "Erasmus+".

The exhibition in New York is curated by Marina Goldena. The exhibition is organized by the AAL and FIU.

The exhibition will run from February 8 to February 28

Gallery "Onetwentyeight"
128 Rivington St. (bet. Essex & Norfolk)
NYC, NY 10002

Photo: Aleksejs Naumovs, Kristaps Zariņš, Jacek J. Kolasinski, Marina Godena, Jānis Gailītis