Aušra Trakšelytė: DELAY (video loop, 2’, 2019)

Aušra Trakšelytė
DELAY (video loop, 2’, 2019)

The Agreement DĮ 02-0023 of July 30, 2018, signed in Plungė near the Babrungas river, attests that Aušra Trakšelytė acquired the status of an active artist for a year. More precisely, Juozas Laivys, an artist who had suspended his creative activity, transferred it to her. Immersed in this situation of non-identical identity, this winter she accepted another challenge – to participate in the VAA doctoral exhibition instead of Juozas Laivys, currently a doctoral student in Fine Arts at the same institution. This gave Aušra the impetus to produce her first artwork and actualise her identity as an active artist.

This conscious decision is stipulated by an artistic statement: to produce only one work and present it in a single exhibition during the year. In a curious coincidence, in the autumn of 2018 Aušra Trakšelytė became a co-founder of a single-piece window gallery together with her colleague Milena CM. This coincidence complements and implements her artistic concept. For the same reason, Aušra’s work DELAY is presented not in the Titanikas space, but in the aforementioned apiece gallery (located at Didžioji Str. 38 in Vilnius), open 24/7.

DELAY consists of three short lo-fi videos captured in different years and seasons in various cities using different models of the iPhone, united by the common denominator of motion. However, it is unclear whether motion was what impressed the author when she pushed the record button. The work addresses the migration of different disciplines and the possible creative scenarios for becoming established in the art world, as well as the depreciation of images and the freedom of decision delays.

Aušra Trakšelytė (b. 1981 in Plungė) is an artist based in Vilnius, Lithuania. Up to date, she has not presented her work in group and solo shows, or received any art awards. 

apiece is a window gallery exhibiting a single artwork of contemporary visual art or a design object at a time. The format of apiece exhibitions inspired a wish to encourage viewers to do their own research about the author of the artwork/object and contemporary art in general.