Art Vilnius 2018
On 7–10 June 2018, The Rooster Gallery takes part in the international contemporary art fair ARTVILNIUS’18 with the group exhibition “The Big Moving Picture”.
The exhibition’s title refers not only to the movement and change of the image, but also to its capacity to move and excite the feelings. By using individual creative strategies and different media, the works communicate with the viewers, affect them emotionally and provoke them, each in its own way. Allusions to art history and popular culture, individual experiences and collective traumas, intimate confessions and public controversies, and portraits of society’s heroes and antiheroes become the catalysts of thoughts and emotions. The exhibition not only reflects the individual creative interests of each artist, but also is an apt and concentrated commentary on today’s cultural and social scene. Yet nobody is right in this dispute of images, and it is up to the viewer to decide who is to be sentenced and who is to be found not guilty.
The form of exhibiting the works in this show reflects the features of today’s information consumption. The general visuality of contemporary communication and new habits of watching developed by screens (the ability and need to see many images at the same time) dictated a concentrated and rich exhibition-installation. Layered and arranged according to the collage principle, the works intertwine and overlap, thus forming a thick coagulation of images reminiscent of an incessant stream of information impulses. Concentrated in a small space, the artists’ works correlate among themselves in different ways: they supplement each other or polemicize with each other, creating a wide set of possible combinations and ways of reading the exhibition, from separate works to the installation as a whole. Contemporary technology-based communication (and miscommunication) opens a possibility of information glitches and unexpected, even absurd images and semantic combinations. This results in the formation of a multi-narrative story, a kind of network of meanings reflecting the multi-faceted character and heterogeneity of artistic work. Thus, a homogeneous voice of a generation gives way to a polyphonic polylogue of young creators.
The show presents the newest works by the gallery’s represented artists Kristina Ališauskaitė, Eglė Karpavičiūtė, Alina Melnikova, Auksė Miliukaitė, Vita Opolskytė and Andrius Zakarauskas. Among them are several works shown publicly for the first time. Andrius Zakarauskas is going to present probably the first interpretation of the events of January 13 in contemporary Lithuanian painting. Eglė Karpavičiūtė in her work “The Painter Having Lost His Ear. J. Gasiūnas”, which has already become part of the collection of the Lewben Art Foundation, addresses local issues through the iconic image of a suffering artist. Paintings, drawings, illustrations, photographs and sculptural objects by other artists collaborating with the gallery – Kazimieras Brazdžiūnas, Tomas Daukša, Staselė Jakunskaitė, Vilmantas Marcinkevičius, Visvaldas Morkevičius and Audronė Vaupšienė – are also exhibited.