Greta Vileikytė, Untitled, 2013
The works Greta (2011) and Untitled (2013) by Greta Vileikytė (born in 1989) will be presented during the Thursday Review on June 13, 5 pm. During the past years, the artist, who will be graduating from the Photography and Media Art Department at the Vilnius Academy of Arts this year, has been performatively exploring the potential of manipulating the view through framing and angles.
Untitled is Greta’s Bachelor’s thesis work: two projections portray the artist herself walking across the horizon of a flat Lithuanian landscape. In one of the projections, she is treading heavily and tripping forward, while in the other she is walking carefully, leaning backwards and causing a sense of physical discomfort to the viewer. In fact, the flat horizon was made by taking pictures of the slope of a steep hill with the camera tipped at the right angle, thus the projections are actually showing her climbing and descending a steep slope. Greta uses the potential of the camera to cheat gravity – at least in the final image.
Greta (2011) is her early work, subtly, but successfully manipulating our vision and perception. It consists of two white sheets of paper in white frames behind glossy glass that reflects the viewer and the surrounding environment. The eyes are caught by a curved line in the right bottom corners of the images. In 2011, both frames contained similarly curved hairs – one was real and the other was digitally printed on the paper. By 2013, the real hair has crept downwards succumbing to gravity like Greta descending a slope.