“Upon entering the exhibition space, you should first slightly defocus your sight and attempt to see the space and its objects as a whole.
Then further on you can pay closer attention to each piece, by applying the focus-defocus technique, trying first to sense the inner structure of the piece, while gradually moving to the outer shapes of each object.
When these pieces begin to trigger an increasingly intensified interest and senses, techniques of perception can be varied by maintaining the inner integrity.
If there is a large number of veneer and porcelain pieces in one room, particular attention should be paid to the contemplation process, as in spacious rooms applied energies of various materials may behave in extremely unpredictable ways. For the sake of safety and visibility of the process the viewer is advised to engage in contemplation in close conjunction with an experienced supervisor.
And artworks can, of course, be touched only in the presence of a mentor.”
passage from the text by Edgars Jurjāns Study Tool for Perception and Perceptual Impact of Art Products Made of Veneer, Porcelain and Other Materials
Maija Kurševa has studied at the Art Academy of Latvia, Department of Visual Communication and at the Berlin University of the Arts. She currently lectures courses on illustration and screen printing at the Art Academy of Latvia, Department of Visual Communication and Graphics. Since 2004 Maija Kurševa has actively taken part in exhibitions in Latvia and abroad. She has participated in the creation of a publication of illustrations and drawings titled Popper Magazine, and in 2010 she was nominated for the Purvītis award with her exhibition Trīskājainais gadījums (Three-legged Case). Among her recent projects there is the exhibition Neļaušanās (Unceasing) at the Kim? Contemporary Art Centre (2013) and participation in the exhibition Vasaras lasījumi (Summer Readings) at the Cēsis Art Festival (2013) an d at the Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius. An upcoming activity – participation in the Iaspis residency in Umeå, Sweden (October-November, 2013).
Edgars Jurjāns – a photographer and a friend, author of the text. The passages translated from Russian are cited from the text of Jurjāns, the original of which can be found in the text accompanying the exhibition of Maija Kurševa and is titled Study Tool for Perception and Perceptual Impact of Art Products Made of Veneer, Porcelain and Other Materials.
Edgaram Jurjānam, Aleksandram Zapoļam.