Stand 410


9-11 May 2014

VIP Preview May 9, 10 am - 2 pm

Presented artists: Ugnius Gelguda & Neringa Černiauskaitė 

Pier 36 at Basketball City / 299 South Street on the East River / New York, NY 10002

At this spring's instalment of the NADA art fair, which takes place on May 9-11, VARTAI gallery will present a solo project by Ugnius Gelguda and Neringa Černiauskaitė. 

In their latest project, the artist duo of Ugnius Gelguda and Neringa Černiauskaitė employ new methods to continue their trademark exploration of the relationship between the future and imagination. What kind of a future do we imagine today, and how? What imagery and materials does today's futurism choose to convey its visions? Acceleration, artificiality and seriality travel through bodies and materials. The artists adopt these strategies, inserting them into the more general field of art history, design and music. This research will not end with NADA: it will continue and evolve in other solo exhibitions in New York and Vilnius. 

Neringa Černiauskaitė and Ugnius Gelguda live and work in Vilnius and New York, and have been collaborating since 2009. From their very first joint project, the artists have observed the social life of things and the ways in which those things play a part in human history and activity, and analyzed the reciprocal links between objects. In-depth research of the selected objects intertwine with imagination and experiments in the artists' work. Objects are involved both as background and as the main protagonists in 16 mm fiction films, or tell stories from their own perspective in their own unique language. Therefore, each time a new “protagonist” determines the choice of increasingly diverse media, which include 16 mm films, slide projections, small sculpture, performance and sound. 

The authors' recent exhibitions include Wolfgang, Is That You?, VARTAI gallery, 2013 (solo), Space Travelers, ar/ge Kunst Gallery Museum, Bolzano, Italy, 2013, Now More Than Ever, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, 2012 (solo). 

Upcoming exhibitions include a solo exhibition at 321 Gallery in Brooklyn, New York, May 2014, a solo project at the Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius, June 2014, an iaspis art residency in Sweden, and a solo show at the kim? Contemporary Art Centre in Riga, 2015. 

This is the first time that VARTAI gallery will be participating at NADA New York. The fair stands out for aspiring to showcase emerging talents and international institutions distinguished by daring and unconventional exhibition programs. This year 86 galleries and institutions will participate in the fair, including such non-profit organisations as the Sculpture Center. 

Established in 1991, VARTAI gallery is the leading private gallery in the Baltic states. It has gradually expanded its activities from purely exhibition-oriented ones to much broader international and long-term projects. In 2009 VARTAI became the first private institution to present Lithuanian contemporary art at the 53rd International Venice Bienniale with the TUBE project by Žilvinas Kempinas. In 2010 VARTAI presented artists from Lithuania at the 6th Liverpool Biennial. 
Alongside exhibitions by contemporary Lithuanian and Baltic artists, the gallery also organizes international non-commercial projects that present world-famous artists to a Lithuanian audience.

On April 25-27 VARTAI gallery represented Lithuanian artists at the Art Brussels international contemporary art fair. The gallery's stand presented a solo show by the New York-based Lithuanian artist Žilvinas Kempinas, while the fair's Young program featured Ugnius Gelguda's and Neringa Černiauskaitė's newest work.