Vilma Fiokla Kiurė, Kryžiasnapis
Review February 14, 6 pm.
On February 14, the Review Room of VARTAI Gallery will host the paintings by Vilma Fiokla Kiurė, where primitive art aesthetics combine with kitsch clichés, and green ideas are hidden within fairy-tales.
Small-scale paintings executed in a very thorough manner take us to Henri Rousseau and raise the same questions – primitive painting is still considered as something not serious, and an indulgent smile for the “unacademic” form seems inevitable, although the choice of the artist is deliberate as she bases her work on the ideas of “Mukhomor” (“Мухомор”), the group of Russian Conceptualists. The paintings feature butterflies, a hedgehog – whether sleeping or dead, a woodpecker watching a crashing fighter-plane, rockets taking off in the distance, tanks crossing meadows, and flying saucers in the sky. The whispers of the night bring us back to mythology, where mysterious owls carry forgotten information about our own belonging to the world of nature. Because in the world of adults, says Fiokla, for example, for the Roma, a hedgehog is a national dish and food for the poor; meat of roe and hare is offered in luxury restaurants for gourmets; and forest is merely several cubic metres of firewood for many.