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The Dong with A Luminous Nose - Ola Vasiljeva

Galleries Galerie Fons Welters

Bloemstraat 140
1016 LJ Amsterdam
+31 (0)20 4233046

Open Tue - Sat / 13-18 hrs
+ by appointment

Exhibition 9 Sep — 21 Oct

Opening 9 Sep, 17-19 hrs


Ola Vasiljeva, The Dong with a Luminous Nose, 2017 Galerie Fons Welters. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij

Galerie Fons Welters is proud to present The Dong with A Luminous Nose - a solo show by Ola Vasiljeva in the Front Space of the gallery. Vasiljeva (1981, Lithuania) lives and works in the Hague.

Stepping into an exhibition by Ola Vasiljeva feels like becoming part of a short story, entering in the midst of it. The Dong with a Luminous Nose introduces an environment filled with objects and structures as clues of overlapping narratives.

The Dong with a Luminous Nose borrows its title from a nonsense song by Edward Lear (1871). The song depicts the heartbroken Dong, who is left behind at a beach, longing for his ‘Jumbly Girl’. He designs a device to communicate his loss: “ the luminous nose”. Just as this nonsense rhyme, Vasiljeva touches up on subjects as grief, madness, eros, dismemberment and fragmentation.

In her installations Vasiljeva plays with the absence of hierarchy, not preferring one perspective or point of view over the other. The time space within Vasiljeva’s exhibitions is irrelevant, there is no beginning or end; cartoonish, puzzled, absurd and burlesque characters are present, but do not lead the story through a narrative. The visitor is the protagonist.

Recent solo exhibitions include: Gold Is the Metal With the Broadest Shoulders, Supportico Lopez, Berlijn, 2017; Zefiro Torna, Passarelle CAC, Brest, 2017; You've got a beautiful stairs, you know, Kunstverein München, München, 2016; Coeurtregetour, Galerie Antoine Levi, Paris, 2016; En Rachâchant, De Vleeshal, Middelburg, 2015; The Limp of A Letter, BOZAR, Brussel, 2015; University, Galerie Antoine Levi, Parijs, 2015; Jargot, Art in General, New York, 2014; The Limp of A Letter, Prix de Rome, De Appel, Amsterdam, 2013; Cinq à sept, kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga, 2013. Her work also featured in several group exhibitions, including Carpet for a Lord, Supportico Lopez, Berlin, 2016; XII Baltic Triennial, CAC, Vilnius, 2015; Last Seen Entering the Biltmore, South London Gallery, Londen, 2014; What Were You Expecting, Mr. Milquetoast, a Plot?, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, 2014; Fusiform Gyrus, Lisson Gallery, Londen, 2013.

Vasiljeva is the founder of OAOA (Oceans Academy of Art), a hybrid art collectitive which functions as a platform for ideas about art, culture and the representation hereof. Depending on the project, the participants in OAOA transform into artists, viewers, partners of curators. OAOA publishes a zine annually.


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