"Litrožis" by A. Andriuškevičius - between irony and plastic, noise and image 2

Neringa Krikščiūnaitė
www.kamane.lt, 2015-01-28

In brief: Aleksas Andriuškevičius is an artist, a pedagogue and one of the members of the group of artists "Post Ars". Minimalism started to dominate his works since 1990. It can also be seen in his exhibition "Litrožis" open at Meno Parkas gallery in Kaunas until the 14th of February.

In the exhibition "Litrožis" A. Andriuškevičius invites a viewer to take a walk around a myriad paper shreds cut into tiny pieces. This large bunch of paper shreds is divided in to two groups. One of them is the most domestic - glass jars on the table of the gallery, and close to the jars - a glass tea cup. Glass jars are of different size and intended for different purposes (in one of them you could make a tasty Lithuanian apple wine) but they are all filled with paper shreds. As if disorderly, helter-skelter. There is no meaning in color, no ornaments, and no other sweet or pretty motifs.

After the jars and water bottles artist moves to paintings. But, of course, A. Andriuškevičius would not be A. Andriuškevičius if he would not add other techniques to painting. Five paintings which names, if put together, end up in a phrase: "There will be no...Time...To rejoice...After...We get old..." (Taken from a Lithuanian folk song "Rejoice"). In these five works artist also uses paper shreds, this time gluing them to the canvas. He uses paint as well. This means that the work was painted and glued together. Paper shreds, that are not fully glued to the canvas create a three-dimensional impression and provide a possibility of participation for the viewer.

Viewing A. Andriuškevičius exhibition "Litrožis" in this way - from the jars filled with paper shreds to the paintings - thoughts in your mind settle and calm down. How the bulky composition paper shreds eventually moved into a two-dimensional space. It feels like a finally realized aim, which was always near, but for some reason, somehow invisible. At the same time the tangible transforms into only visible, the one which once existed. The understanding of youth when you can only see it in he photographs. The realization of your possibilities, when it is too late. Sadness and maturity. A. Andriuškevičius exhibition "Litrožis" is a walk through life covered in paper shreds.

Photos by Neringa Krikščiūnaitė

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