Mixed media on mylar paper, 92 x 92 cm
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.
Ieva Mediodia's show Simulacra from the Void consists of drawings and paintings which attempt to reflect the idiom of contemporary virtual technologies. Massively multiplayer online role-playing games (e.g., WoW, The Sims, Second Life) are a pure simulacra system, not unlike paintings hung on the wall of a museum. The artist questions the self-identity of virtual game users, people who have emigrated and their cultural belonging, contemporary western society and its art. Simulacra express an in-between state of mind: that of reality and a copy of reality. There is an existential questioning of what the real is. One's consciousness is able to create a virtual self as an avatar; something akin to an egoistic projection. It becomes unclear which life is more real. The line between the two realities disappears and they collide. Valuing art is similar to a persona playing computer games. It becomes unclear which work is more real and what is the copy with the original missing. The immigrant has a similar identity situation - which culture to belong to and if it is possible to separate them. Parallel lines on the drawing/painting reveal simulacra intended or unconsciously suggested. From the emptiness between lines (even the lines of the frame), there is a void which is also a portal; there are simulacra from out of this void suggested by simple gestures and the dimension becomes apparent.
Ieva Mediodia lives and works in New York. The artist studied painting at the Vilnius Academy of Arts. In 1992-1993 she studied at the Academy under visiting professor Kes Zapkus, and later continued her Master's studies at Hunter College in New York. She has had solo exhibitions at the Art For Architecture Gallery, Hilsdale, NY, the Nicole Fiacco Gallery, Hudson, NY, the Albert Benamou Gallery, Paris, the Bencivart Gallery, Pesar, Italy, the Richard Sena Gallery, Hudson, NY, the Annina Nosei Gallery, NY, the Times Square Gallery, Hunter College, NY, and MOCA DC, Washington, among others.
"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