Artists: Andrejs Ameļkovičs, Laima Bikše, Rudīte Dreimane, Laima Eglīte, Frančeska Kirke, Līga Ķempe, Dace Lielā, Leonīds Mauriņš, Ģirts Muižnieks, Jānis Purcens, Juta Rindina, Maija Tabaka, Baiba Vegere, Aivars Vilipsons, Aija Zariņa, Kaspars Zariņš, Kalvis Zuters.
It is hard to overestimate the significance of play. It is the first specifically human, „metaphysical element” that takes man beyond the borders defined by nature into the life of human beings. It is simple and complicated at the same time and without it the freedom of spirit is not imaginable. A Einstein wrote that „theoretical Physics is child`s play in comparison with the play of children”. Play as an element of life is formed by a secluded structure that is marked off from the rest of the social environment. Play is not determined by anything else but only by play itself. Play is a unity of three components – the non-serious (the opposite of the serious that is especially characteristic of the severe threats of political regimes), the artificial (the opposite of the natural) and the free (the opposite of the necessary). The play of children does not mean preparation for the life of grown-ups and the artistry of artists is not a training school in social norms. A child is not a pre-fabricated grown-up (the meaning of his activity cannot be reduced and expressed in the categories of the life of grown-ups), and an artist is not a child that forgotten to be a grown-up. Girls who play with dolls learn as little from family and child care, and the basis of upbringing as boys who ride sticks learn to control a horse. An artist who plays with everything does not teach anything more than how to turn everything into play, he is a total and comprehensive „ludenizor”. Therefore art is a freedom road of spirit, the same as childhood is the time of the awareness of infinite potencies.
Play does not serve anything external practical or pragmatical. To pragmatize play, to ideologize childhood, to put on art tourniquets of political or moral seriousness means to kill the spirit, to exterminate freedom in its source. A child who is denied a chance to play in childhood cannot grow up into a valuable (free) grown-up who needs play as art or art of play in order to cumulate in oneself the energy manifesting in freedom to induce the abilities of the soul as a precondition for the ability of life. The dystrophy of play is preserved for the whole of one`s life. Feeble is the spirit that has not felt the freedom of play.
Dr.phil. profesor Andris Rubenis /From catalogue ”Latvian contemporary art”, 1997. Gallery ”Daugava”/