Place: M. K. Čiurlionis
National Art Museum
M. Žilinskas Art Gallery,
Nepriklausimybės sq. 12
Lithuanian Artists Assosiation, Kaunas Department, Textile Section
Architect of Exhibition
An art critic Raimonda Kogelyte Simanaitiene wrote
international exhibition reflects typical process, experiment in using the main
material of textile – yearn and its substitutes. This is characteristic feature
of Baltic textile. This exhibition held in our neighborhood – Lodz
or Scandinavian applied art exhibitions held in Lithuania. Those exhibitions
activated untiutilitarian tendencies in Lithuania. There is not much of the
ethnic character in this textile exhibition but tradition is felt in use of
materials and techniques (patterns, embroidery, stitches, colors, the
conceptually incoded image of the ancient textile).
We can find three groups
of works in the exhibition.
First group – space
textile and crafts in the surroundings. In their works yarn is replaced by
other materials – plastics, grass, foil, chocolate and so on. From this point
of view the works of A. Bartkeviciute, V. Daskevicius, M. Krumins. B.
Lastauskaite, L. Orzekauskiene are rather vanguard. Many of these artists
create installations, assemblages. The textile artists of
second group continue the traditions of abstract painting (A. Baumane, V.
Jurevicius, V. Lauzonyte, J. Urbiene), photo hyperrealism (V. Geluniene, L. Jonikiene),
op art (J. Smidtiene, R. Rasimaviciene and others). The third trend is classic
tapestry, maintaining the traditional character, the way of expression and is
appreciated for its uniqueness and practical usage. In this exhibition we can
notice the change of materials used by textile masters. Wool, cotton, flax are
replaced by synthetic fibers. So we can justify the new material and the new
means used in textile works – gluing, imitation, perversion. These things we
can see in the works of L. Orzekauskiene, B. Lastauskaite, V. Daskevicius and