Sugar twins, 2012
projector, two sugar cubes, table
150 x 150 x 60 cm
On 25 March, at 6 pm, two solo exhibitions will be opened at Galerija Vartai as part of the long-term Artscape project. This time the gallery presents two artists who employ scientific laws, discoveries and tools in their work. They are Vadim Fishkin, a Russian-born artist who has been living and working in Slovenia for almost 20 years, and Lithuanian artist Julijonas Urbonas, who will be defending his PhD at the Royal College of Art in London this year. The artists produce technologically innovative, but ideologically different, works.
In his post-conceptual work, Vadim Fishkin reflects on the avant-garde tradition, in which what are important to him are the aspects of utopianism, (self-)deception, and the human endeavour to subjugate nature and the cosmos. The artist understands art as a laboratory where utopias rejected by scientists can be brought to life. Fishkin implements and presents them in a number of ways - by constructing a deceptive electronic or light object that seems to defy physical laws; by employing light, air and sound in installations in order to confound not just the viewer's gaze but the other senses as well; by using wireless technology to remotely control the environment from which he is very far away or by choosing the simplest technology - setting out a utopian idea in a drawing. Fishkin's work abounds in humour and the absurd, yet at the same time he endows the complex technology employed with a poetic character.
The exhibition presents his most recent light installations: From Sunrise to Sunset (2013), which employs a lamp imitating sunlight and car models running on solar energy, and Door (2013), in which an imitation of a door with installed light and sound equipment produces an impression of different spaces and events taking place 'behind the door'. The remaining part of the exhibition presents Fishkin's earlier works , showing its diverse character.
Partner: Galerija Gregor Podnar
Exhibition sponsors: Lithuanian Council for Culture, Mabre Residence (hotel)
Gallery sponsors: Lietuvos Rytas (daily newspaper), Infoterminalas, Ekskomisaru; Biuras (private security company), Namas ir aš (magazine), Draugu; studija
Opening 25 March , 6 pm