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24 January 2014 – 15 March 2014

Dear Jargot, how to act in the middle of this sentence?

Here, on the stage, where abandoned ideas are given roles to play, where a clandestine visual vocabulary interacts with the eye, and where references mingle and mutate?

It is bordering on the opaque and the comic, between inspiration and completion. Go for the quality of eloquent suggestion; build a dialogue for the fragile, the hidden, neglected, and the other!

Art in General is pleased to present Jargot, a New Commission by Latvian artist Ola Vasiljeva, running from January 24 – March 15, 2014, in Art in General’s sixth floor gallery. Curated by Zane Onckule, this exhibition reflects Art in General’s continued partnership with kim? Contemporary Art Centre in Riga, Latvia.

Jargot is a new sculptural installation by Ola Vasiljeva that continues her investigation into the relationship between thought, language, and the production of objects. Vasiljeva builds a stage of sculptural stand-ins for personal objects and subjects, confusing definitions and categorizations, while creating a mysterious web of references, riddles, and inside jokes. Populated by reoccurring characters, which move seamlessly between sculpture, prop, and performance, Jargot operates as a metaphor for syntax.

Evoking the uncanny waking-reality of dreams, Vasiljeva makes tangible the isolated gestures and absurdities which only occur in the sleeping mind. Working with light, sound, and video, Vasiljeva recalls the experimental theatrical and philosophical tropes of Bertolt Brecht – the interpretation and ultimate meaning behind Jargot is left determinedly open-ended.

Curated by Zane Onckule

GOINGS ON ABOUT TOWN: ART – Ola Vasiljeva, Andrea K. Scott, The New Yorker, February 2014.