From 4 August to 17 September 2016, Leonards Laganovskis' solo exhibition Atlas takes place in the Upper Gallery of the Mūkusala Art Salon. The exhibition plays on both meanings of the word 'atlas' - a set of geographic, historic or other maps and a support in the shape of a young, athletic male figure.
The works of the most visible figure of Latvian conceptual art – Leonards Laganovskis (1955) – bring together sparkling humour and cold intellectual reflections. In them, he takes an ironic look at power, society, geopolitics and art, often reflecting these subjects with linguistic diagrams or imitations of brands of consumer goods. In his latest series of works the artist plays upon images of city plans, star charts and political maps. Anonymous urban grids acquire invented names and the meanings that come with them, star charts visualise the moments of birth / death of influential men, while territories of states and arrows depicting migration turn into a decorative mosaic of a political globe. In Atlas, the image and its object are two autonomous entities and serve as pointers of (in)direction for the viewers in Laganovskis' world.
Curator: Līga Lindenbauma
Publicity image: Leonards Laganovskis. Teleportation. 2016. Oil on canvas. 92 x 73 cm