Letters written on canvas 0

Astijus Krauleidis-Vermontas
www.kamane.lt, 2016-02-29

In brief: The painter Gintautas Vaičys presents the exhibition Letters from Nemunas at the Kaunas State Philharmonic. The exhibition features works created during the period of 2005-2015. The painter remains faithful to his creative strategy and chooses to continue with the aesthetics of abstract art, which would not name the thought clearly, but would draw the viewer's attention and would tip his thinking towards existential philosophy.


The painter G. Vaičys' works stand out not only because of his choice of abstraction, but also because of large format canvases that allow the flow of thought not only on this side, but also on the other side of the picture. That is how the artist, through color contrasts, is looking for ways to emphasize a thought and allows to name a (non)specific idea. The dialog between a painting and a viewer and different generational discourses is being shaped, often through a well-known symbolism - the semantics of letter.

Communication is based on different forms and conveys a variety of tensions and connections. A letter, and in particular the writing of it, causes communication and also forces to look back into your inner world, intently exploring it. Picture has the same functions but a different form, i.e. G, Vaičys' paintings are different means of communication that allow to experience the harmonious and drastic feelings and also show them to the viewer. In the exhibition Letters from Nemunas writing letters to nature and interacting with it becomes of utmost importance.


Based on the color category, the exhibition can be divided in two parts. G. Vaičys not only professionally fulfills the idea of the paintings, but also chooses the exact color. In each artist's work color is treated as a kind of intertext. In this case, it is very important for the painter to convey feelings through light and sharp colors (orange, red or yellow) and especially to emphasize the light sense of childhood and to transfer it from consciousness to the present moment.

For example, in the painting Abstract still life, nature is emphasized through geometric shapes that are a strong motif of G. Vaičys’ oeuvre. On the other hand, in the work Butterfly, artist chooses to convey the abstract image of nature. It symbolizes the dreams of a small child more accurately, also the summer time when nature becomes a human refuge. In the works of G. Vaičys individual experiences nature very sensitively; he prefers to identify with nature (in an abstract way, with the weeds of the field) and its inhabitants (specifically, for example, butterflies). This shows that the artist notices not only the regeneration of nature, but also its duality.

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