Twilight Zone - eternal beauty and mutations 0

Neringa Krikščiūnaitė, 2015-12-01
A fragment from E. Markūnas exhibition Twilight Zone

In brief: The exhibition of E. Markūnas Twilight Zone open at Pamėnkalnio Gallery in Vilnius is a subtle navigation between human-created beauty, precision, aesthetics and deviations into the darkness, deplorable props and inner mutations that are also caused by humans. Twilight Zone becomes the place of choosing of which direction we will eventually be taking.


The title of the exhibition Twilight Zone becomes that straw which a person, who is looking for an information about the essence of the exhibition can grab on to. Twilight Zone is that medium, in which the darkness has not yet painted one's eyes with black paint, but the light is slowly fading and disappearing. It is like an intermediate zone between reality and fiction, between being awake and dreaming. E. Markūnas works are born in this intermediate state.

In the Twilight Zone, the artist opens up from various perspectives - as a master of installations, performances (recorded in a video format) and graphite works.


THe artist who values precision in his works puts the photographs of the exhibits of the anatomical museum in the Twilight Zone - two very large photographs depicting underdeveloped, mutant embryos. In front of these photographs videos are exhibited. In one of them - a young, naked girl, lying on the floor covered in red cloth, in the eyes of the viewer transforms, as if into a marble sculpture. Flour poured on her banishes the eroticism of her naked body until eventually she becomes a sort of an ancient Greek sculpture.

In the Twilight Zone, the artist also exhibits small-scale graphite-made works. There are a lot of them and they fill one of the gallery's walls. Unique graphite technique used by the artist gets the viewer's eyes lost in his works. It is these E. Markūnas' works that reveal the meaning of the Twilight Zone best or most clearly - everything that is visible in these works does not exist, but at the same time exists in human consciousness, which creates a variety of images that come about from the elements seen in the works.

Photos by N. Pilėnaitė and L. Markūnienė

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