Alyson Shotz, Sine, 2011, hand dyed yarn and pins on wall_detail. Photo Mark Woods
On November 6, Vartai Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of this year's last exhibition from the Artscape project that will introduce the works of two New York based contemporary artists Alyson Shotz and Ieva Mediodia. As usual, the exhibition will consist of two conceptually different parts with different names and different ways of expression.
American artist Alyson Shotz explores the relationship between space and light, manipulating them to create complex sculptural structures. Her exhibition titled Interval was originally to feature an animation Fluid State, and thread drawings. Unfortunately, Shotz's studio was flooded by the Sandy hurricane that recently hit the East Coast of the USA and some of her works were damaged beyond repair. Because of this, the artist was unable to come to Vilnius to install her thread drawings, therefore this part of the exhibition will be presented in the form of documentation as a reference to what should have been on display.
The title Interval comes from the interval between the waves in the drawing and the intervals of time that exist in the animation to make it appear to be moving. The animation Fluid State created in collaboration with the animation artist Todd Akita is a snapshot of a fictional landscape in which matter and life come into creation over a complete dawn-to-dusk cycle. The sound track for Fluid State was created using sounds from the real world, shaped and melded by British sound artist Simon Fisher Turner. Thread drawings are sophisticated structures of pins on a wall and threads where an important role is played by the materials of drawing and physical motion, as well as the shadow which creates the volume of the drawing. Space is essential in both the animation and the drawing as a precondition of their existence.
Alyson Shotz currently resides and works in New York. She has had solo exhibitions at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Espace Louis Vuitton, Tokyo, The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, The Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, and The Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH, among others. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The San Francisco Museum of Art, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of Art.
"Artscape" is a continuing interdisciplinary project launched in 2009 when Vilnius was the European Capital of Culture. It began as a joint event organised by three organisations - Menu; Vartai, Kino Pavasaris and the Vilnius Jazz Festival - promoting the 21st century art scene from different European countries. The Artscape fine art programme hosted by Vartai Gallery introduces unique solo projects of foreign artists paired with Lithuanian authors. A total of 39 Lithuanian and European artists have already participated in the project: Ignasi Aballí, Hans Op de Beeck, Laura Garbštiene., Ugnius Gelguda, Jesper Just, Žilvinas Landzbergas, Atelier van Lieshout, Dainius Liškevic(ius, Miks Mitre-vics, Gintaras Makarevic(ius, Ran Slavin, Svajone. and Paulius Stanikas, Erwin Wurm, Andrius Zakarauskas etc. In 2012, the series of Artscape shows was expanded and now welcomes artists from across the globe.
Opening - 6 November 2012, 6 pm