Kirils Panteļejevs’ Bobber (also known as The Ice Fisher) is a collaboration with artist Iveta Laure. Dzintars Lielgalvis, the head of the Noass floating gallery, offered Panteļejevs to utilize the Daugava River port waters and to diversify the gallery environs with an outdoor art installation. Bobber is a life-size human figure, an ice fisher on a floating slab of ice holding an important fishing accessory, namely the bobber, in its hands. The work was exhibited on the Daugava port waters between the Noass gallery and the Radisson SAS Daugava hotel from April to October 2001.
In 2002, Kirils Panteļejevs’ floating Bobber was awarded the annual Latvian Artists’ Union and Culture Capital Foundation prize for the best outdoor art installation.
The original work has been restored and displayed at the exhibition Mobile Museum. The Next Season.
In carrying out this project, it is planned to use the port waters near the Noass gallery and, with the placement of the artwork, to attract a wide audience not only to the gallery and the object, but contemporary art as well. With a pop-art-style shtick and provocation, the object floating on the river will expand the audience’s notions about the manifestations of contemporary art. The noun after which the project is named, namely a bobber, is an important part of a fisher’s main tool, the fishing rod. The fisher is waiting for a signal from the bobber. The bobber is waiting for someone to take the bait. In the same way, the artist is waiting for the audience to take the bait. In what way will that come to pass, and how will the bobber signal the occurrence? Content-wise, the work depicts, paradoxically, the relationship between the artist and the public in our country. A truly creative person, just like an ice fisher, is characterized by determination, patience, persistence and courage. Public attitudes towards artists and ice fishers are, first and foremost, dominated by incomprehension, doubt over the usefulness of their actions, as well as irony and negativity. With this work, the artist wants to oppose the social system turning people into consumers and taking away their right to a utopia, even though its presence in our lives is absolutely essential. Much the same way, Rīga, in its anniversary year, needs a block of ice floating on the river with an ice fisher sitting on it during the hottest months of the summer. If for nothing else, then for a better understanding of what it is that constitutes reality for each of us.
- Text by Iveta Laure, concept author and project coordinator
Kirils Panteļejevs (1969) is an artist who has systematically expanded the means of expression available in his creative practice, starting from figurative sculpture to performance, sound installations and interactive environmental objects. He graduated from the Sculpture Department at the Art Academy of Latvia in 1994, and he has supplemented his training at Humboldt State University in California, the US. He is currently an associate professor at the Art Academy of Latvia.
Thursdays and Fridays: 14:00-20:00;
Former textile factory “Boļševicka”,
Ganību dambis 30