17.05.2018 – 03.06.2018
Triumph Gallery, Moscow
Triumph gallery presents Open Fracture, the first personal show by Latvian artist Miķelis Fišers, the participant of group exhibition EXTENSION.LV, who creates paintings, installations, videos and stage designs.
This exhibition displays works from several series by the artist: Disgrace series that resulted in winning the Purvītis Prize for contemporary art in Latvia, Megamatter that had a work from the series exhibited at EXTENSION.LV; and What Can Go Wrong that represented Latvia at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017.
This collated project encompasses wood carving, video and a painting, In Front of New Gates, and is centered around outlandish hypotheses about reality posed by Fišers. Through conspiracy theories as the subject matter, Miķelis attempts to promote a critical view of the fragile nature of reality.
Pseudodocumentary literature, books on spiritual practices and shamanism have become a central theme and narrative in his art: "These delusional ramblings, which can be found on the Internet, writing about non-people, shadow government, UFOs, from where I stand, are identical to the news on TV. Why would this semi-mystical information be worse than what’s perceived as real?". Miķelis works with semi-mystical information through "extreme esotericism."
Miķelis Fišers graduated from the Art Academy of Latvia in 1993. Since the 1990s he had actively participated in solo and group exhibitions in Latvia and overseas (Germany, the United Kingdom, Russia). Currently he is working with traditional media and installations, objects, video and stage design. In 2015 he was awarded the Purvītis Prize for the exhibition Disgrace. The works of Fišers are in the collections of national museums (Kiasma — Museum of Contemporary Art, Latvian National Museum of Art) and will be part of the collection of the future museum of Latvian contemporary art. Fisers represented Latvia at the 57th Venice Biennale with his project What Can Go Wrong. Based in Riga.