Exhibition opening May 8, 2013 in Bastejs Gallery as a warm-up before the art fair VOLTA 9 show in Basel, Switzerland where the works were exhibited next.

Art is fascinated by death. Death is fascinated by art. Of all the contemporary symbols used in society, skull is a new one. In the 17th century Dutch still lives, it was used as symbol of death — Vanitas.
Ivanovs' interest was derived from observing portraiture figures in art. This is his personal realization of the symbolic meaning of skull as an illusory meaning of life and death in one, where death means everything.

In a way death is life.