Olga Šilova, “Dream Calendar 2012” Gallery “Māksla XO”, Riga January 13 – February 6, 2012
The exhibition, “Dream Calendar 2012”, by the Latvian sculptress, Olga Šilova (1966), will be on view at the Riga art gallery “Māksla XO”, from January 13 through February 6. Art lovers know the artist from her supreme style and feel for elegance, which can be felt in the pliable, perfectly formed shapes of her work and the changing language of its seemingly alive surfaces. A perfect example is one of her pieces that almost every inhabitant of the Latvian capital knows by sight – “The Riga Tower Counter” (2006/2007). Sitting next to Swedbank's main offices on the banks of the Daugava River, the sculpture harmonically fits into the urban environment and serves as an object of interest for people driving by in their cars.
“Dream Calendar 2012” is another gift from Olga Šilova to the city's inhabitants, since the central conceptual axis of the exposition is Riga itself. The artist uses well-known symbols of female beauty that have spanned history (Nefertiti, Venus de Milo, Amelia Earhart, Lyubov Orlova, the geisha, Princess Diana, Pamela Anderson, Aphrodite, Marilyn Monroe, Josephine Baker, The Virgin Mary, etc.) and that still awaken a slew of associations and preconceptions. The famous faces in Šilova's work are worked into urban environments that fit their images, becoming fresh fodder for the viewer's fantasies and giving us a different view of a Riga that we assumed that we already knew.
Olga Šilova as the pilot, Amelia Earhart. 2011
The exhibit consists of 12 sculptures and 12 staged photographs (calendar pages, in which Olga Šilova plays the famous characters) by the Latvian masters of photography, Jānis Deinats and Aigars Altenbergs. Sculpture, photography and installations all play their part in the show. A well-known figure in the Latvian art scene, Olga Šilova has been successfully working since the 1990's. Her works can be found in the collections of the Latvian National Museum of Art and grace the city-scapes of Riga, Jūrmala, Ventspils, Cēsis and Limbaži.