The Rooster Gallery at Art Dubai 2022
Our gallery is going to take part at Art Dubai international art fair for a 6th time. This year with artistic dialogue between Vytautas Kumza and Andrius Zakarauskas – Shifting Planes (Booth number C-13.), engaged in visual discussion on the strategies of representation in different media.
Welcoming over 100 exhibitors from 44 countries, including more than 30 first-time exhibitors, Art Dubai 2022 will be the most extensive edition of the fair to date. This year’s programme will feature newly commissioned site-specific works by internationally renowned artists; a unique new digital section that will act as a bridge between the crypto and art world; ground-breaking group exhibitions; and an ambitious multi-strand talks programme, including the 15th edition of the Global Art Forum.
Exploring the connections and tensions between painting and photography, the figurative and the abstract, the material and the dematerialized, the exhibition focuses on the (de)construction of space in the work of art. Employing defragmented, repetitive motifs and complex, multi-planar structures artists seek to escape the two-dimensional plane and create new, alternative visual realities within the artwork and outside of it, expanding into exhibition space. Although working with different media and approaching the subject in their own way, both artists address similar issues of image making, offer insights into the visual culture, question the roles of an artist and a viewer, examine unstable and shifting links between representation and meaning. This exchange of visual and narrative ideas manifests as an expressive creative dialogue between two artists.
In his paintings, 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 reproduced mediated images. Layered narratives of Zakarauskas’ paintings are mostly centered on painting itself and are often driven by painter’s relation to the surface of painting, by his constant struggle to exceed its flatness, break through it. The artist also explores the mechanisms of memory, remembrance, longing and reevaluates the role of image in these processes.
Kumža works in the photography field, yet it is not merely a means of expression for him, but also a starting point for his artistic research. The main subjects of his photographs are temporary interventions to the surrounding space that become tools to conceptually deconstruct photography as a medium itself. His artworks blur the boundaries between genres, applied and fine art photography, between natural and artificial shapes. Rather than the objects depicted, the artist focuses on the relationship between the objects and their images. He exposes the illusion of the directness of said relationship by creating intentional gaps between them. Kumža’s photographs mislead the gaze, defy conventional practices of looking at the artwork and challenge its perception, often leaving the viewer feeling slightly uncanny.
The Rooster Gallery’s participation at the fair is kindly supported by
Lithuanian Council for Culture and Vilnius City Municipality.