Marta Lech. Geometry of Light
Marta Lech. 28.09.2021. Relief print
3–21 August 2021, Gallery Kairė-dešinė, Vilnius Graphic Art Centre. The exhibition is presented by the International Graphic Art Biennial Splitgraphic (Croatia). The opening Tuesday, 3 August, from 6 pm to 8 pm.
The exhibition Geometry of Light presents works by a renowned contemporary Polish artist Marta Lech (b. 1979). The exhibition is putting together a series of older linocuts, and new print series artist created in recent years. The new and the old series have one thing in common – the motive of light is always present and it remains the main preoccupation of the artist. The older exhibited cycle Light earned the artist an array of grand prix awards at numerous festivals of graphic art, and has subsequently made her one of the most significant artists on the contemporary printmaking scene, as her oeuvre only deserves. Marta Lech’s achromatic linocuts are based on outlining objects and interiors with a beam of intermittent white light. She catches the rays of light in the matrix and describes it meticulously with white dashed lines detailing the space and the objects on the black surface. In her work she is combining and working in linocut, and now laser in her new print series, while creating a compelling imagery based on minimalistic artistic language.
Geometry of Light is showing us, the public, all these evolving stages in her oeuvre detailing the continuity and rethinking of one’s own printmaking processes. Marta Lech is the modern master of the multi-originality of printmaking art based on sign creation, reproduction, methodical approach and minimalistic aesthetic exquisiteness.
This exhibition is a result of a continuous collaboration between Splitgraphic Biennial and Vilnius Graphic Art Centre that started in 2014 by alternating and exchanging contemporary graphic art exhibitions of Lithuanian and Croatian printmaking artists in Split and Vilnius. Marta Lech is very much connected with Splitgraphic, and her work is embedded in the narrative of both of our organisations. She was awarded Grand Prix in 2013, held a solo exhibition in Split in 2015. Her prints were shown in the Splitgraphic’s 2014 exhibition in VGAC titled Ten years of Splitgraphic biennial 2003-2013: a sustainable retrospective. Her work and approach to printmaking presents what is considered at Splitgraphic to be a contemporary approach to printmaking, since the biennial foundation in 2003. Splitgraphic has been aiming to support and promote visual graphic language of today and Marta Lech’s work is the paradigm of these contemporary printmaking tendencies.
Curator Marina Petit (Splitgraphic Biennial)
Organisers: Vilnius Graphic Art Centre, Splitgraphic
The project is partly funded by the Lithuanian Council for Culture,
the Lithuanian Artists’ Association, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia
Partners: Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wroclaw,
Polish Institute in Vilnius
For more information: +370 5 261 1995
Opening times: II–V 11.00–18.00, VI 11.00–15.00