Exhibition time: 29 01 - 22 03 2020
Venue: Meno Parkas Gallery (Rotušės a. 27, 44279 Kaunas, Lithuania)
Private view of the exhibition "Wrapped up Soul. Engraving. Teleported Objects from Kaunas in 1900" by the well known artist Aistė Ramūnaitė will be held on 29th of January (Wednesday) at 6p.m. at Meno Parkas gallery in Kaunas.
WRAPPED UP SOUL
Engraving + Teleported Objects from Kaunas in 1900
Sometimes there is no need to look for an explanation, because its absence is an answer itself.
The present exhibition explores the questions of solitude in a closed space. My works attempt to create the impression of a certain chaos, where the boundaries of the image and text merge together. What can be the similarity between calligraphy and tapestry or wall-paper?
In the urban way of living most of the time is spent in a room, which becomes a certain corridor or lift to the Universe with all possible changes in Time and Space. The full moon penetrates into grey concrete, and the morning sun peacefully sips its coffee in an accidental café.
We record our thoughts dedicated to other people, however, we have only ourselves. Therefore, we experience sudden attacks of panic and different anxiety disorders while contemplating about our existence. The sound of silence in the Universe is surrounded by random choices and scattered objects in the manner of art effect. The variety of multiple ornaments, colours and patterns creates the status quo of our existence. Is the paper version of calligraphy and tapestry an actual reflection of the Soul?
Every distorting mirror has its own silver lining and the effect of the adoptable ground connection. Is it possible to combine two separate Fates into one letter or message and leave them to decay in an abandoned attic? When will the Future, measuring the room space with its quiet steps, turn into the Past? The line of Existence is very slim, therefore let the tears moisten the revival of Life in the same way like it is done with flowers in the garden or on the windowsill.
For printing my latest linocuts I chose a very thin type of Japanese rice paper, which is specially distressed and rumpled to get the desired effect of a two-sided matter. Painted in multiple layers of colours it arouses the magical feeling of simultaneous transparency and extinction. Writings in Indian ink and linocuts form the contents of the present cycle of works, performed in the classical reduction technique as well as experiments supplemented with liquid silk paper mass. This small space of the gallery is divided into separate zones for every cycle of the works to be exposed and revealed to the best advantage.
Translated by Egidijus Mačiulskas
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Born in 1957 in Kaunas, Lithuania. In 1982 graduated from Vilnius Academy of Arts, Department of Graphic Art. Member of the Lithuanian Artists’ Association since 1990. From 2001 till 2013 lived and worked in London, UK. From 2007 till 2013 was a member and key holder at East London Printmakers, London, UK. Awarded with the Grant of Lippe District, Germany in 1991; First Degree Diploma at Biennale Baltisk Graphic, Sweden in 1993; member of Grafikens Hus Mariefred, Sweden in 1997; received the State Grant of the Highest Degree from the Ministry of Culture, Lithuania in 1994-1998 and the Grant of Soros Open Society Fund, Lithuania in 1995.
Together with other members of Fluxus Labas Žaliakalnis community established the gallery „Žemuogių pievelė“. At present works at Airagedmontlinocutfort studio and teaches graphic art at Kaunas A.Martinaitis School of Art.
2001 – 2013 AISTĖ RAMŪNAITĖ‘s artistic life was influenced by the artists working at East London Printmakers graphic studio in North London, as well as the Italian printmaker and musician Umberto Giovannini, founder of the printmakers’ studio Opificio della Rosa, located in the province of Rimini Montefiore Conca, Italy. Everyone working in the studio was concerned about the impact of printmaking on the environment and the importance of minimizing nature pollution as artists and citizens.
AISTĖ RAMŪNAITĖ works mainly in linocut technique. The strain between the figurative and abstract style in the prints has equal importance with the balance between the line and colour. Her works exceed the limits of the traditional apprehension of graphic art, becoming true specimens of ideational art.
According to the opinion of art critics from MO museum in Vilnius, AISTĖ RAMŪNAITĖ’s early works fall into the category of the so-called neoexpressionism as part of the collection of Lithuanian graphic art. In the past few years the author has discovered a new and quite unique approach to linocut – abstract illusion, dream-like vision created with the help of lines and a subtle use of colour.
AISTĖ RAMŪNAITĖ has arranged 27 personal exhibitions, including the ones held at the Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius; Embassy of Germany in Vilnius and Giedrė Bartelt Gallery in Berlin, Germany. Her works have been exhibited at “Bankside Gallery”, “Smoke House Gallery”, “Blue Door Gallery”, “Print Room Gallery”, “Pushkin House Gallery”, “Victoria & Albert Childhood Museum” (all in London, UK), as well as “Ostrakon Gallery” in Italy.
Main exhibitions in 2019:
Vilnius Art Fair 2019; Group exhibition in commemoration of the 150-th anniversary of J.T.Vaižgantas; Kaunas International Graphic Art Biennial; Biennale Internationale de la Gravure de Sarcelles, France.
Museum acquisitions and collections: M.K.Čiurlionis National Museum of Art, Kaunas; Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius; MO Museum, Vilnius; Roche Bobois Design Company, Paris, France; Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK; Grafikens Hus Museum, Sweden; private collections in Lithuania, Great Britain, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, USA.
More images of AISTĖ RAMŪNAITĖ‘s works may be found on instagram: aisteartstudio.
Text and translation by Egidijus Mačiulskas