GALERIJA VARTAI at VIENNACONTEMPORARY art fair

The gallery is delighted to present three artists in viennacontemporary 2018 art fair - Aidas Bareikis, Keren Cytter and Dominykas Sidorovas.

A young painter Lithuanian painter Dominykas Sidorovas (b. 1993)  works with everyday objects from common cultural or personal spaces and speculates on ambiguity of their visual representation and meaning. Sidorovas tries to place casual or even boring objects in the field of fiction, which enables them to gain additional contexts and meanings. After a process of drawing and redrawing the artist started investigating an effect of defamiliarization as he observed visual shifts from representation to abstraction, from one particular object to the others. Dominykas deconstructs, deforms and visually cleanse the images of the objects he explores to their essence, which allows them to function not as mimicry, but more like visual symbols. 

Aidas Bareikis (b. 1967) creates installations in which one can often sense an entropic, post-apocalyptic atmosphere, which while symbolically prophesying complete collapse and decay, also presents an immense potential for new ideas and a new beginning. Bareikis, in producing emotionally affective scenarios, manages to combine surreal humour, social commentary and the craft of alchemy in his installations. He stacks and wraps cultural objects in fabric and string, building altar-like assemblages shrouded by paint and recognizable trash. The sculptures are propped up by found furniture, wood or aluminum, and exposed to forces like time, gravity, or the elements. Rendered in deep colours each work operates like a junkyard relic: a curious portal into another era slowly merging with the local flora. It’s here where Bareikis navigates, somewhere between scientific method and pure psychic automatism, covering his tracks in a role equal parts wandering scientist and mad poet.

Quite contradictory concepts are needed to describe Keren Cytter’s (b. 1977, Tel Aviv, Israel) works. They are reflective, transparent, yet self-sufficient. Due to their mirroring character the works transcend their boundaries, occupy their space and initiate an interplay. Reflection after reflection, they seem to add layers of surfaces, images and meanings. What serves to tie everything together is the artist’s living space: as it happens it is where the videos were filmed, and out of which the textures, rhythms and colours of her personal space are repeated in the drawings and in this way it is as if the author herself is revealed. She creates small cracks in the constantly changing yet stable structures of creative practices and forms of communication. The artist uses techniques such as double exposures, circular loops, subtitling, close-ups and fractured, non-linear narratives that are used by non-professional actors. Such deviations from the norm add speculative, fantasy-like elements to the films and precisely for that reason provoke one to think about what is real in everyday social encounters and everyday contemporary art. With the addition of constantly changing rhythms of sounds, images and situations the artist shows us intensified scenes of everyday life. They create a certain impression of familiarity, an impression which is mixed up with or takes a turn in the direction of demonstratively fictitious and absurd situations. In this way Cytter maintains the tension between the real and artificial, while at the same time investigating social, political and gender constructions.

Paricipation in the fair is supported by Lithuanian council for culture