Mark Garry, Blue Eyed Grass 3, 2010
The exhibition of the Irish artist Mark Garry and Lithuanian artist Vladimir Tarasov will open in Vartai gallery on Tuesday, June 15, beginning the programme of the recurrent multidisciplinary project ARTscape, which started in 2009.
The visitors of Vilnius based Vartai gallery will have a unique opportunity to see a site-specific installation composed of thread by the celebrated Irish artist Mark Garry. The creation of the installation requires accuracy, time and concentration, therefore the artist arrived to Vilnius and worked here for two weeks to adapt the piece of art to the space of Vartai gallery.
The artist's 3-dimensional installations are best described as site-specific, as they are always created for particular gallery spaces considering their physical properties and uniqueness. Using very simple mundane materials like thread and wood Garry designs sophisticated aesthetical spaces for contemplating about art. Time spent creating each piece of art is also very important to the Irishman, as this is the only way to develop a stunning sense of harmony.
The exhibition will also include Garry's objects, drawings, a video clip, and a wooden sculpture as fragile as an origami.
Garry, who curated the section of visual arts in the Fringe international festival in Dublin in 2000-2004, says that curating and art practice have become integral elements of his artistic expression. In 2005, the artist represented Ireland in the most prestigious art biennials - 51st Venice Biennale.
The Irish artist will be accompanied in the exhibition by Vladimir Tarasov - an exceptionally wide profile artist, who will present his installation titled Nocturne for Paper and a video piece.
Tarasovas' visual art is a clear example of interdisciplinarity. Often, these are sound installations that the artist himself calls sound games. In most of the installations, sounds play the leading roles accompanied by their kinetic expression. The artist employs natural materials, such as water, paper and wood, to combine various sounds, noise or specially created music.
The impressive list of the artist's group exhibitions and personal shows crosses the borders of Europe. Tarasovas has given lectures in Podewill centre in Berlin, Bremen Music Academy, as well as art academies in Orleans, Düsseldorf and Vilnius. In 2009, the artist was decorated with the Medal of Moscow which is awarded for outstanding merit to literature and arts.
From 1971 to 1986, he was a member of the prominent jazz trio GTÈ (Viaèeslavas Ganelinas, Vladimiras Tarasovas and Vladimiras Èekasinas). Tarasov's collaboration with music world celebrities laid the foundations of jazz school in Lithuania. Tarasov's music sounds in concert halls as well as theatre and film; his works include visual art, performances and installations.
Vartai gallery founded in 1991 is Lithuania's largest private gallery introducing Lithuanian and foreign artists and representing the authors of the Baltic states in the international art scene. In 2009, the gallery represented Lithuania in the 53rd Venice Biennale with the New York based artist Žilvinas Kempinas and his work Tube.
For more information visit www.galerijavartai.lt