The works from the new series Possible Sites of the Process (Galimos proceso vietos) by the young graphic artist Algirdas Jakas (born in 1987) will be presented in the Gallery's review Room this Thursday, January 31, 6 pm.
Algirdas graduated from Vilnius Academy of Arts (VAA) with a Bachelor's Degree in graphic art in 2012 and was awarded with Vytautas Jurku-nas Prize, which is usually given to the most distinguished graduates of the Graphic Art Department at VAA. Possible Sites of the Process, executed through etching and aquatint techniques, are created using images of actual social realist buildings. Majestic, flamboyant and frightful blocks of buildings, facades and interiors of individual structures, as well as monumental bridges and gates speak not about the dismal Stalinist era, but about universal modern ruler strongholds hosting important and secret processes. There are no people in the compositions, only luxury cars with open doors and a plane parked at one of the "ministries".
The prints show the signs of multiple re-using of the etching clichés creating a feeling that the prints are old and used as if the images of the modern ruler strongholds are reaching to us from the ancient times. However the modern and somewhat comic style of the artist brings us back to the present time and suggests that we should look at the works with a reasonable detachment.