Kristaps Gulbis is a sculptor, who lives and works in Latvia. He has participated in numerous contemporary art projects in more than 20 countries such as a solo exhibition at Leitrim Sculpture Centre in Ireland, group exhibitions including the Lodz Biennale in Poland and at the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Staten Island, as well as a residency in Sapporo, Japan, to name just a few. His project “Pink House” (together with A. Bikse) was presented at the 51st Venice Biennale.
Gulbis’s recent works can be classified as temporary interventions in public space. His activities as artist and art curator aim to foster interdisciplinary contemporary culture involving passive segments of society in cultural processes. He aims to create experimental visual art projects in public space seeking innovative solutions for breaking down elitism in artistic and cultural space though openness and accessibility.
While on Governors Island, Gulbis worked on CacheArt, a new form of public art initiating an innovative approach to art practice reflecting current trends in interdisciplinary contemporary culture and society at the beginning of the 21st century. Artworks are placed in specially designed hidden containers that can be traced by coordinates published on the internet by Geocaching, an online community of 5 million people. Using communication systems that are widely used in society—GPS navigation devices—it is possible to locate the artworks and discover the necessary information for detecting them. Containers can be of different sizes, but are designed specially to ‘disappear’ in the environment. The locations of artworks are public, but remain hidden for the casual passer-by.
Gulbis was a CEC ArtsLink Fellow at LMCC from October 15 – November 20, 2010.
Image credit: courtesy of the artist