"Two Dawns" - many things can happen before the day begins... 0

Kristina Budrytė-Genevičė
www.kamane.lt, 2015-03-21
Works by Aušra Barzdukaitė-Vaitkūnienė. Author's photo

In brief: Drawings, or otherwise - painting on paper can be often seen in the works of both Aušra Andziulytė and Aušra Barzdukaitė-Vaitkūnienė. We have attained their exhibition dedicated solely to paper and line. However, pencil is often replaced with a wide brush or the edge of paper smeared with or dipped in paint - the paper itself experiences strange metamorphoses here.

People who have not seen the exhibition yet, can start thinking about the specific drawings  from the title - "Two Dawns" - and a poster with two drawn suns wallowing in the horizon.  Both painters based on the meanings of their names choose sunrise or dawn where they see not only the beginning of the day, but fundamental questions of art - if you observe the nature at that specific time you will see that light is special then and only the chosen ones (not the sleepy heads) can visit that divine environment.

A. Barzdukaitė-Vaitkūnienė pushes into the depth of the forest in the midsummer - there sunlight shines in various rich colors and lights up incredible creatures or objects that later, cozily settle on the painter's window sill: molted squirrel, chocolate bunny or a dried mushroom.

A. Barzdukaitė-Vaitkūnienė is able to tame not only the wild creatures but otherworldly as well: as the forest thins out, but the heat stays on, she looks at the strange alien markings on the old tree trunk, or in the silhouette of the hyacinth she notices a bright , all-encompassing candle (?) light. And all that - just a day-to-day observation of an eclectic nature, its charming and inscrutable objects. Painter's sheet contains so many shapes, colors and lines that even the portraits of village people are decorated with pencil, framed by cozy colorful fabrics. In fact, the context of fabrics and repetitive ancient patterns move to other landscape experiences: a hare is running, Pierrot or clown is swaying, an outstretched long-nosed fairy tale character - we observe all of them looking for repeating motifs, signs or at least hyphens.

Aušra Andziulytė drawings lack the stable peace as well, the dominance of gentle hues is deceiving. Indeed, a great variety of experience is just around the corner (and it is not surprising because author remembered and exhibited even the works created in 1998). It features the parody of proletarian poster - a big rim of printing house paper full of red paint, creased and spread rolls reflecting the sensitivity of Eastern art and series of works in the form of flouncing kites. We can also see abstractions bend in half, painted with gouache, which are not pressed against the wall - it is the most pleasant to look at them from the side, because you can see the hole of the drop-shaped paper.

It seems that mystic of shapes, color therapist and dreamer Paul Klee spoke of line and drawing in general, in a most associative way. According to him, it is a dot that went for a walk. This suits very well A. Andziulytė "Melting Landscapes."

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