Review May 2, 6 pm.
Thursday, May 2, 6 pm, the Galerija VARTAI Review Project will introduce a series of canvases Postcards of Vilnius by the painter Aistė Kirvelytė. By branding her works as postcards, the artist is playing with stereotypes. The tag compels us to imagine and compare everything we know about postcards, Vilnius, art, and Aistė. What is the common denominator of all these variables? Art consumers will be indulged, because Aistė will enable them to experience the topic of postcards in a unique way, which is not easy to envision. A narrative image with a header reflects an approach with no rigid system of values, and no distinguishing between what is conventionally valuable and what is not. It is the approach of a child or a poet, when a universally acclaimed masterpiece of architecture and graffiti on the wall are equally important and interesting. The logic of a dream is further reinforced by formal techniques of expression – the images have no graphic features, no lines or explicit marks. Interesting how the painter’s instincts are revealed through pencil-work – sensitive and pulsating grey on grey. There is always the big picture, but if one tries to focus on a detail, it does not yield and show up. The feeling that one sees Vilnius through the eyes of the painter is enhanced by the unusual scale, A3, of the postcards – painters are prone to large format.