Arvydas Umbrasas: THE HUNT

Arvydas Umbrasas’s one-piece exhibition The Hunt at apiece gallery

Arvydas Umbrasas’s research for this work took its starting point in the myth of The Cosmic Hunt. This myth tells the story of an animal which was chased and wounded by a man, bounced off the ground, leapt into the sky and turned into the Great Bear constellation.

Still told in different cultures, this story was evolving with time, acquiring different variations across various locations of world and reflecting the worldview and the natural surroundings of prehistoric societies and, later on, of different civilisations. Since the Late Palaeolithic (40 000 – 10 000 BC), the Cosmic Hunt has continuously roamed the world along with waves of human migration, while the Ursa Major, as one of the main constellations, has united and still unites the people scattered around the Earth.

The French archaeologist and statistician Julien d’Huy studied the Cosmic Hunt myth using phylogenetic principles (including computer programmes for evolutionary biology) and by linking biology and mythology; he concluded that the myth goes back at least 15 000 years. D’Huy saw constellation mythology as “a glimpse into the mental universe of our ancestors”, which from the earliest steps in the development of culture and technology was inseparable from the night sky.

According to the American professor of palaeoanthropology Erik Trinkaus (University of Washington, USA) who studied the bones of Middle and Late Palaeolithic Eurasians, around 26 000 years ago (at the time when, as claimed by d’Huy, the myth began to circulate across communities), man began to wear supportive footwear that made hunting more comfortable.

All this led Umbrasas to take an interest in the practical reality of hunting and survival for modern man (Homo sapiens sapiens). The hand-reachable “shooting stars” – meteorites – inspire not only to dream but also to contemplate on the beginning of all life. It is speculated that during the intense prebiotic bombardment of the Earth, meteorites carried with them the necessary “building blocks” that contributed to the still-uncovered non-biological chemical processes which later gave birth to biology. Thus, a meteorite can instantly bring us back to the reality of primitive man or become part of a wider cosmic hunt; a hunt that is already beginning to take shape in corporate plans for interplanetary colonisation and the development of the space industry. How will these new parameters affect the development of our consciousness and bodies? What kind of hunting are we preparing for wearing the “soft” sports footwear perfected by designers, sports engineers and doctors?

Arvydas Umbrasas is a Vilnius-based artist. His sculptural works deal with cosmic bodies and their impact on the human imagination.

Curators: Milena Černiakaitė and Aušra Trakšelytė

The exhibition will be open until November 22nd

The exhibition open every day 24/7.

THE ARGUMENT: installation by Katja Aufleger

“The Argument”: single artwork exhibition by Katja Aufleger at gallery „apiece“

Gallery “apiece” presents Berlin-based German artist Katja Aufleger’s work “The Argument”.

Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute”. Henry Wheeler Shaw

The work, created in 2020 and newly adapted to the showcase of the gallery “apiece”, acts as a metaphor for both personal relationships as well as social criticism. Red boxing gloves sandwiched between the showcase windows create tension, highlight the moment of being frozen in time, and question the logic of the argument. In other words, the fight of “arguments” is shifted from the central position of power (which is based on physical force) to the outside (based on thinking), promoting a potentially more open dialogue. At the same time, the installation subtly gives meaning to the tension found in everyday life (both personal and social) which is permeated by the meaninglessness created by anxiety, confrontation and lack of dialogue.

Katja Aufleger is a Berlin-based artist whose artwork functions as a metaphor or an analogy for talking about a number of diverse yet interlinked topics. At the core of her artistic work lies the question of power relations, which function both as a creative and destructive force. Her artworks become a multi-layered experience where the viewer’s consciousness and subconsciousness participate.

Exhibition curators: Milena Černiakaitė and Aušra Trakšelytė

The opening of the exhibition will take place during the event “Vilnius Gallery Weekend”.

Exhibition in cooperation with Goethe-Institut Vilnius

Exhibition is open until October 13

Exhibition can be viewed 24/7

More information about Katja Aufleger —> www.katjaaufleger.com

Ittah Yoda — No History of Its Own

Rupert at apiece Ittah Yoda — No History of Its Own

3/08/21—5/09/21

Rupert centre for art, residencies and education and apiece — a window gallery in the centre of Vilnius — are pleased to announce a solo presentation of collaborative work by a duo formed by Kai Yoda and Virgile Ittah.

Working with resilient materials and using a number of organic and what is more local materials and pigments, this time the duo allows others to interact with their work: for their exhibition at apiece, the duo will showcase one of their sculptures created during their residency at Rupert, in the framework of a dialogue with the participants of Rupert’s Alternative Education Programme. The collaborative sculptural installation will introduce the visitors to an idea referred by the artists to as “the right to make reality”, while changing in the course of the show.

But like with any right, “right to make reality” is highly susceptible to the contextual fluctuations. As much as we would like to crystalise an unchangeable, pure set of rights grounding the foundations of reality, we must admit that universal singularity is merely a tempting fantasy.

The reality, just like locally sourced beeswax that Ittah Yoda is experimenting with as these lines are being written, is an impure collective effort. More than that — it is an impure collective effort guided by multiple forces that often evades taxonomic desires of the human mind.

One of those elusive forces is the unconscious that is one of Virgile and Kai’s source of inspiration. And as, according to Franco “Bifo” Berardi, we enter the era third unconscious, marked by the withdrawal from overwhelming complexities and hegemonic rule of the world, it seems that the mind itself seeks for relief through collectivity and richness of organic materiality.

Ittah Yoda (Germany/France/Japan) is a duo formed by Kai Yoda and Virgile Ittah, based between Berlin, Paris and Tokyo. The artists come from diverse backgrounds, and they have developed their artistic identity through digitally enabled cross-cultural creative collaborations. Focused on a strong interest in the unconscious, insecurity, and anxiety, the therapeutic relation between Ittah and Yoda leads to a potential new understanding of the self through re-enactment of trauma and repetitive behaviour patterns. They raise questions such as: is it possible to fuse multiple unconsciousness in order to create new collective experiences and forms, regardless of their origins?

Ittahyoda.com

VR: https://vimeo.com/310384998



Rupert at apiece
Address: M.K Čiurlionio st., Vilnius, https://bit.ly/3y59TRL

The exhibition can be viewed 24/7.

In partnership with the French Institute in Lithuania.

Rupert’s activities are supported by Lithuanian Council for Culture.

Salami Chair: eco design object by Luca Bornoffi

Salami Chair: eco design object by Luca Bornoffi

23/06/21 – 01/08/21

Gallery “apiece” that exhibits a single artwork of contemporary visual art and/or object of conceptual design at a time is presenting its second exhibition. This time it is an object of conceptual design titled “Salami Chair” by Italian artist Luca Bornoffi.

The work is a piece of eco design combining elements of art, design and material recycling. During the restoration of his farm, the artist took an old oak beam, mounted two discarded chairs and put some wheels underneath to easily move it wherever you want and for any use. The author is fascinated by the fact that the object embodies his environment and way of life. The beam, which was a leftover after the reconstruction of the residential house, has been given a new purpose, while the wheels embody the character of the artist-traveler. “I think this piece describes the environment in which I grew up and which has shaped me,” Luca says.

The artist is the founder of Art Eco Design Farm Resort, which exhibits his works of fine art and recycling design furniture. It is a mix of different cultural experiences and certain emotions that happen only once. The farm where the artist lives also hosts Eco Design Holiday camps, whose main idea is a fusion of art, color therapy, recycling and DIY.

Luca Bornoffi (b. 1980) is an artist, traveler and wave-inspired explorer. His curiosity and desire to discover and observe diversity has led him to embark on trips, visiting more than 40 countries. In addition to design objects, the artist creates paintings using bright colors as a source of joy, aimed at conveying the imperfections of life.

The exhibition can be viewed 24/7 (the work is presented in a space that is visible to the viewer through showcase-style windows).

Curators of the exhibition: Milena Černiakaitė and Aušra Trakšelytė

The exhibition is partly supported by the Vilnius City Municipality

More information about Luca Bornoffi -> lucabornoffi.com

Openining exhibition: “Soft Target” by Viltė Bražiūnaitė and Tomas Sinkevičius

Exhibition “Soft Target” by Viltė Bražiūnaitė and Tomas Sinkevičius at apiece gallery 

Gallery apiece that exhibits a single work of contemporary visual art and/or object of conceptual design at a time has moved into a new showcase-style building of small architecture located in the square of V. Kudirka and M. K. Čiurlionis streets. Until now, the gallery had been exhibiting in Vilnius old town (2018–2019), participating in various cultural events and even moving to Palanga in the summer of 2020. The gallery is planning to make the new location, en route to Vingis Park, its home for at least five years.

The first exhibition, which is opening on May 14, is organized by a duo of artists Viltė Bražiūnaitė and Tomas Sinkevičius. The artists have been working together since 2014, examining the way nature is influenced by social and economic structures. In the latest installation titled “Soft Target” and specifically adapted to the gallery’s space, the artists create compositions from beeswax and look at the ecological chains behind the yellowish waxy shades.
Wax is a widely used bee-made product whose colors depend on the pollen species of the plants and the region that the bees have visited. Bees are the most productive carriers of plant pollen, contributing to the maintenance of plant communities, diversity of the ecosystem and agriculture. To improve the quality of the harvest, farmers rent out bee colonies and temporarily set them up in their gardens during the blooming season. The journeys made by bees remain and can be seen in the semitones of the wax that is released.

Tomas and Viltė create wax compositions that in their diversity of colors are reminiscent of camouflage clothing or ammunition used for wildlife observation or hunting, which, just like the color palette of beeswax, are specific to each area. Among these abstract camouflage patterns one begins to notice silhouettes of vegetables that depend on bees – onion seedlings and cucumber shoots and buds.

Beeswax works are exhibited on a cardboard platform. The sides of the corrugated cardboard sheets used for packaging and transportation are reminiscent of bee honeycomb hexagons. Through “Soft Target”, the artists are observing the way cultural memory shifts, how patterns and images migrate, separating from their original uses and taking on new meanings.

The exhibition is open until June 18.

The exhibition can be viewed 24/7 (the artwork is presented in a space that is visible to the viewer through showcase windows).

Exhibition curators: Milena Černiakaitė and Aušra Trakšelytė

More information about Viltė and Tomas’ work —> https://paint-job.com 

More about apiece —> www.apiece.lt

Kazimieras Sližys @Vilnius gallery weekend

Gallery apiece @Vilnius gallery Weekend
apiece / Kazimieras Sližys / Turn

On October 22–25, the fifth Vilnius Galleries Weekend is taking place where apiece presents the work Turn by the artist Kazimieras Sližys.

Sližys’ work Turn is the practice part of one of the researches that have been consistently carried out in recent years, relating to the use of moving light in artwork. Here, the conjunction of object and light becomes an effective manner to highlight surface defects, meanwhile turning the piece into a kinetic light installation.

Tine Bek / Untitled Baby Blue

Gallery apiece at Palanga resort
apiece / Tine Bek / Untitled Baby Blue

For the summer period, single artwork gallery apiece is moving from Vilnius to Palanga Summer Reading Room (part of Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania). From July to September it will be hosting three exhibitions of contemporary visual art which will be available to viewers 24/7.
The last exhibition, which is opening on August 18, features work Untitled Baby Blue by artist Tine Bek. With an interest in identity, roles and expectations, Bek’s work investigates the rhythm and sometimes absurdity of our society by looking at the architecture, interiors and objects we choose to surround ourselves with. 
Untitled baby Blue is a part of a project titled Comfort Sculptures. Project portray the materiality and awkwardness of foam, and its many possibilities. According to the artist, within the project, I look at sculpture as something temporary rather than fixed. There is a certain playfulness involved in the production of the works and by testing out the shapes and forms that can be created using materials which normally have a very different and more “useful” function.

Tine Bek is a Copenhagen based artist working within the realm of photography, film and installation. She studied photography at Glasgow School of Art and has taking part in both group and solo exhibitions in South America, Scandinavia, and in the US. 

apiece is a gallery exhibiting a single artwork of contemporary visual art or a design object at a time. The format of exhibitions encourages the audience to take closer interest in the author of the artwork/object or in contemporary art on the whole.

More info: 
www.tinebek.com
Exhibition from 18 August until 6 September 2020 
Project partner: Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania

Visvaldas Morkevičius / Inner Dialogue

Gallery apiece at Palanga resort

For the summer period, single work gallery apiece is moving from Vilnius to Palanga Summer Reading Room (part of Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania). From July to September it will be hosting three exhibitions of contemporary visual art which will be available to viewers 24/7.

The second exhibition, which is opening on July 21, features work by young Lithuanian artist Visvaldas Morkevičius. The work is from the series Inner dialogue (2012-2018) which presents observations from different periods of the author’s life, unfolding a fragmented story of self-reflection. There is not much linearity here, as images from various story threads, featuring personal, professional, and some ambiguous work, intersect.

As the title indicates, these image-dialogues are not only with the environment, but also with oneself. Beyond their surface, the photographs reflect glimpses into subconscious desires, thoughts that are yet to form. It is as if talking with oneself through photographs.

Perhaps photography can only be a subjective and partial conversation. Yet it offers insight the awkwardly – connecting hands, deformed and displaced body figures, and red symbols of love and fight pulse with something that was perhaps not fully expressed with words at the time of their taking. Examining this all, one might realize to stand in front of a map. It is of a young man’s pilgrimage through what connects us all – struggle, love, longing, failure, curiosity, and, ultimately, a glimpse of a never-ending hope to truly know oneself.

Visvaldas Morkevičius (b. 1990) is a Lithuanian photographer and media artist whose work situates itself in between fashion, documentary and artistic fields. His visual regard holds interest in subcultural scenes, bodily identities and urban lifestyles.

More info: www.visvaldas.com

Ona Juciūtė – Ausgezeichnet

Gallery apiece at Palanga resort

For the summer period, single work gallery apiece is moving  to Palanga Summer Reading Room (part of Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania). From July to September it will be hosting three exhibitions of contemporary visual art which will be available to viewers 24/7.

The first exhibition, which is opening on July 3, features a sculptural object by young Lithuanian artist Ona Juciūtė, a piece of furniture Ausgezeichnet (“excellent” in English).

Ona Juciūtė is a sculptor whose work delves into the phenomena of production in its broadest sense. In all of Ona’s works, there is a felt interest in everyday life and curiosity to look at its seamy side.

Project partner: Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania

apiece gallery installation @ArtVilnius’19 fair

Gallery apiece at Art Fair ArtVilnius’19 | Stand 5.25

A first-time participant at Art Fair ArtVilnius’19, gallery apiece will exhibit a work Untitled Baby Blue (2019) by artist  Tine Bek (Denmark).

apiece is a gallery in the centre of Vilnius (Didžioji st. 38) exhibiting a single artwork of contemporary visual art or a design object at a time. The gallery transcends the usual standards of exhibition spaces by not having exhibition openings or working hours or days (24/7), while the artworks/objects are presented in a space that the viewer sees through a display window. In order not to distance ourselves from the exhibition format, during the art fair the work Untitled Baby Blue (2019) by Tine Bek will be presented behind a construction reminiscent of a window. 

With an interest in identity, roles and expectations, Bek’s work investigates the rhythm and sometimes absurdity of our society by looking at the architecture, interiors and objects we choose to surround ourselves with.

Untitled Baby Blue is a part of a project titled Comfort Sculptures where in the artist is investigating our dependence on comfort both in relation to the objects and architecture around us but equally concerning our hunt for luxury and perfection within. Looking into the materials which form the core of our everyday, Comfort Sculptures portray the materiality and awkwardness of foam, and its many possibilities. 

According to the artist, within the project, I look at sculpture as something temporary rather than fixed. There is a certain playfulness involved in the production of the works and by testing out the shapes and forms that can be created using materials which normally have a very different and more “useful” function.

Tine Bek is a Copenhagen based artist working within the realm of photography, film and installation. She studied photography at Glasgow School of Art and has taken part in both group and solo exhibitions in South America, Scandinavia, and in the US.