Justinos Zubaitės interviu su Algirdu Jaku / echogonewrong.com, 2021-03-03
‘Self-support Group’, a solo show by the Hamburg-based Lithuanian artist Algirdas Jakas, was due to open on 10 December 2020 at the Vilnius Graphic Art Centre (VGAC). Alas, as the second lockdown was put in place, the exhibition stayed ‘open’ only through images and the artist’s words. I caught myself looking at this documentation and, unusually, attempting to spend significantly more time with the images than I usually do. So I stayed longer: these artworks intrigued me by their tenderness and sculptural quality, topping the visual riddles with an invitation to step into the care territories of this exhibition. We emailed each other, and talked on the telephone and screen, attempting to offer some routes through the show in images, but also to discuss the real and desirable twists and turns in the art world.
Laima Kreivytė apie Laivydės Šalčiūtės parodą / echogonewrong.com, 2019-12-04
The exhibition Melusine’s Paradise by Laisvydė Šalčiūtė is a transfiguration. Each of her works – whether drawn, painted, engraved or animated – is in a state of transformation. Not only are characters (a woman and a snake, or a snake woman, etc.) transformed and opened up, but so also are her artworks – by coming together and diverging, by exposing their entrails and hiding behind pop visuals. In the end, the artist herself undergoes a transformation, ever more furiously attacking the mirror – blaming it for reflecting back fairy tales and herself with a Melusine’s tail. Then viewers themselves are compelled to follow the artist and examine their own transformations in the same mirror…
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