Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art

Exhibition "The Black Glove" by Romans Korovins at the Office Gallery of the LCCA


Each two-part work of the exhibition "The Black Glove" is an abridged comic strip: between two sketch-like paintings an event has taken place; discreet yet aptly selected means have been deployed to create a visually precise marking of two points and the segment between them on the straight line of life. All that has taken place before and all that will follow is unknown and at the same time inferable. The viewers are presented with an opportunity to note the differences between the pictures and to locate themselves on the relevant line.

Anything and nothing can have taken place between the beginning and the end. It may have been a grand event, a tiny death or simply a short moment in time that has passed by or been experienced. There is no need to name the unknown to expose it. It has to last – so that worlds are not destroyed, and to preserve unbroken the fragile things whose grand lives on small-scale canvases are like gifts given by a small child to whom everything around is a toy: every scratch on the yellow ball is a separate volume of a complex and fascinating encyclopaedia. Here, in a sequence that is unique to each of us, are the explanations of the distance and relationship between the concrete and the relative, the abstract, symbol and form; between God – man, and death – woman.

Roman Korovin (b. 1973) graduated from the Printmaking Department of the Latvian Academy of Art in 1997. Since 2004 he has held several solo exhibitions. The artist’s name is linked with numerous groups and divisions of the Latvian cultural sphere, among them the Orbita text group, Vilks Production studio and top tier Latvian photographers whose work is regularly exhibited abroad; at the same time, however, Romans Korovins stands on his own, with no definitive affiliations.