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Eriks Apalais, Words, 2010, acrylic and oil on canvas, 67 x 82 5/8".

Eriks Apalais

Galerie Vera Munro

Eriks Apalais, Words, 2010, acrylic and oil on canvas, 67 x 82 5/8".

The paintings of Eriks Apalais have a sort of gravity-defying lightness. He presents the viewer with a hybrid world of images in which abstract and figurative elements interact across great expanses of undefined space. It’s not always clear what we are seeing, but the images have a characteristic tone, produced through surprising juxtapositions of heterogeneous objects that coalesce to form an open system of ciphers that alternates between legibility and enigma. The Latvian-born artist’s first solo show was titled “Confessions,” in allusion to St. Augustine, who along with Andrei Tarkovsky is a reference point for Apalais’s creative thinking, especially with regard to the philosophy of time, perception, and memory. The show included mainly large-format works set off by smaller pieces, arranged to create thematic tensions. For Apalais, large scale serves above all to establish

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