18 April - 26 May 2012
The VARTAI gallery invites you to the opening of the exhibition Show It by the interdisciplinary artist Jurga Barilaitė on April 18 at 6 p.m.
Show It is the final stage in the project Unfinished Works which was begun in 2009. The project refers to the state of uncertainty that has befallen the artists of the middle generation and which stems from their inability to enter the European art market despite being prominent players in Lithuania. Because of this uncertainty these artists are abandoning the media - video art, installations and interdisciplinary projects - that made them famous and are switching or reverting to painting and drawing. On the other hand, practical circumstances prevent them from finishing their ideas and force them into an artistic blind alley.
Jurga Barilaitė often becomes the subject of her own works – a certain character embodying woman as artist. In the fusion of the woman and the artist in her earlier works, greater emphasis was put on the component of the woman, revealed through the problems of exaltation, sexuality and maternity, and the pointing out of the masculine nature in woman. In the latter phase it is the artist who becomes more important and here creativity is directly connected with the possibility and impossibility of creativity. However, as one component becomes more important, the other does not disappear, because the two are naturally and inseparably linked.
Show It consists of four parts: The Archive of Unfinished Works; What I Would Do, If I Did; Who Hasn’t Painted, Will / The Beginning of a Collection; and Escape. The project/state began with What I Would Do, If I Did where painting – which was employed at the beginning of the artist’s career – became a part of a video work. Who Hasn’t Painted, Will / The Beginning of a Collection consists of huge abstract canvases that were created after enough space became available when the artist got a studio in the Fluxus Ministry. The title refers to the theory of a Lithuanian old generation painter that no artist can escape the stage of painting at some point in his or her career. Escape is made up of drawing therapy sessions, while The Archive of Unfinished Works is a collection of unfinished video works that were conceived and begun in 2005, when the artist acquired a video camera, but not completed due to certain circumstances. A preview of this work – canvases with the titles and descriptions of the video works – was on display in March in the show Post-idea in the Titanikas exhibition halls of the Vilnius Academy of Arts. Excerpts of unfinished video works are combined through images of the former Fluxus Ministry building which here becomes a metaphor for the world of exploited, obsolete and abandoned art.
The show runs through to May 26.
Patron: Vilnius City Municipality
Sponsors of the gallery: Bosca, Lietuvos rytas, Tark Grunte Sutkienė, Infoterminalas, JCDecaux Bioderma, UAB Draugų studija