Stories From Before
The Rooster Gallery kindly invites you to the solo show “Stories From Before” by painter Andrius Zakarauskas.
In his latest works presented at the exhibition, Zakarauskas combines multi-figure scenes, fragments of nature, landscapes or cityscapes, with fictional images and abstract segments to create multi-planar compositions. The paintings are constructed by mixing intentional and spontaneous, as if accidental effects, three-dimensional shapes and near-abstract, flattened, decorative forms, realistic depictions and reproducted mediated images. Bursts of bright colours, variety of shapes and textures enrich artist’s canvases, mark the renovation of his painterly language and act as powerful catalysts of emotions.
In his paintings Zakarauskas usually explores themes of human (predominantly male-female) relationships, often manifesting as biblical subjects. Yet he looks at the subject matter from painter’s perspective and often transforms the scenes into metaphors for painting and image making in general. The narrative is often driven by the concept of painting as an act of applying paint to the surface of canvas. This act of painting becomes a universal key to reveal the stories behind elaborate and multi-contextual scenes. Layered narratives of Zakarauskas’ paintings often focus on the time of the setting. This prevailing sense of temporality provokes to rethink historical and personal past, explore the mechanisms of memory, remembrance, longing and the importance of image in this context. Complex time structures of the stories move in circles, swirl, repeat themselves, stretch from the past to the present and future, resulting in infinite possibilities. Thus stories from before become stories not yet told.
ANDRIUS ZAKARAUSKAS (b. 1982) studied painting at the Vilnius Academy of Arts. Since 2004 he has been a participant in various group exhibitions in Europe and the USA, his works have been presented in prestigious galleries and international contemporary art fairs. Since 2005 he has held numerous solo shows in Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Italy, and in 2018 he became the first Lithuanian artist to hold a personal exhibition in China. In 2009 he became the winner of the competition “Young Painter‘s Prize”. In 2011 Zakarauskas received a Young Creator Award from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania. The artist’s works are held in the collections of Lewben Art Foundation, MO Museum and Lithuanian Art Museum in Vilnius and represented in the permanent exhibition of National Gallery of Art.
This exhibition is a part of new project “SU-MENĖK” by Vilnius Municipality.
New opening hours of the gallery: V 12.00–19.00, VI 12.00–19.00, VII 12.00–17.00. Vernissage: 2020.01.30, 19.00.
Exhibition will take place in a new gallery space in Vilniaus str. 24 (entrance from the inner yard of The Radvilas Palace). You can also schedule the visits by phone +370 675 30087, or email us at email@example.com
Design: Dominykas Sidorovas
Text: Justina Augustytė
Specials thanks: TOPCOLOR
The Rooster Gallery’s events are kindly supported by
Lithuanian Council for Culture and Vilnius City Municipality