Agnė Kyguolytė, 2011-12-03

In brief: The exhibition ‘Turns’ by Aušra Andziulytė was held in Kaunas, the Meno Parkas Gallery, in order to mark the 50th anniversary of the artist.

The first impression of the show is that the white cube of the gallery and works of A. Andziulytė fuse and supplement each other, creating the image of a modern exhibition of the 20th c. The gallery‘s white space lets the painting of the artist breathe freely. This is art based on subtle experiences that often remain unspoken.

Among her most important creative inspirers A. Andziulytė mentions Lithuanian modernist classics – the Ars Group. However, the artist has stepped much further in terms of form and content. Her works reveal an invisible, anticipated world but there are also links to reality that is abstracted at maximum; the dimension of space is uncovered.

The display as if turns back to the past: ‘Turns, wanderings, returns. Sometimes you lose something, discover things, wander around and come back. It seems like there are leaps in time and former directions are continued again’, - the author explains her anniversary exhibition.

Works of the display invite to the trip around Kaunas’ surroundings and other geographical or natural, recognizable spaces. Titles of works refer to various places and show that the artist is interested in nature and environment: ‘Landscape’ (2010), ‘Full Moon above the River Nemunas’ (2010), ‘Sunset’ (1993), ‘Path in Šilavotas’ (2011), ‘Šančiai’, ‘Another Side of the Nemunas’, ‘Another Side of the Neris’.

According to the art critic Rasa Žukienė, ‘Aušra likes to be in places with vivid signs of movement, temporality and change: by the sea, in the mountains, on the sand, in her studio with music and a cup of tea. The Nemunas, the Neris, sunset, full moon, fata morgana, fog or Scandinavian nights become those signs of change’.

Abstract shapes of the pictures take viewers to the world of thoughts, emotions and moods that exist beyond the images of reality and limits of a painterly plain. The artist often accentuates that she is most concerned in conveying light and space. She has also remained faithful to her usual medium – metal tin. It is an original and unique discovery of the artist that distinguishes her among others. Such material changes the process of creative work, offers additional emotions like coldness or grimness and helps depict images of water, fog or smoke.

The most conspicuous and warmest works are pictures from the series ‘The White Scandinavian Nights’ (2010). These pieces are characteristic of warm colours and abstract black lines that resemble of concrete figures. Since the artist had been to Scandinavia many times, it could be stated that the pictures were inspired by observations or memories of the Scandinavian landscape.

In conclusion, the exhibition reflects the creative search, wanders and returns of the artist.  The paintings refer to certain geographical places or objects but they are also full of space and mood that are accentuated by a specific material of tin. Signs of temporality (rivers, sunset, moon) remind us about the stream of time and fragility of moments of our existence. That is what works of A. Andziulytė want us to experience.

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