Artists living and creating in Kaunas – sculptor Lukas Šiupinskas and glass artist Gintarė Stašaitytė – have collaborated to create a collection of sculptural objects called Entropy. In this latest exhibition, the artists focus on the impressions of the city’s stories in a volumetric form.
In the exhibition, the artists duo continues with the themes of the city, its public spaces, and the relationship between man and the urban environment, which they have examined in their previous projects and series of works. This time, the artists interpret residential locations based on subjective experience and impressions that are conveyed in sculptural objects of certain materiality characteristic of cities (concrete, metal, mirror surface). The exposition is presented to the viewer as a visual rebus. On the one hand, the change of personality and urban environment is unlocked through the symbols, recognized by the 80s and 90s generations, that shaped the panoramic view of the city. On the other hand, having discovered the link between personal childish activities and industrial processes, the artists rhetorically ask: what do the building blocks in one’s childhood symbolize? When does a game or simulation turn into reality? In this respect, each work in the collection is like an artifact connecting the past, present, and imaginary future.
The term “entropy”, which in physics refers to a measure of the system’s order, indicating movement towards or from the point of equilibrium, in the exhibition gives a sense to the constant dynamism of the city. This refers to the temporality of a static state revealed through the motifs of emerging and decaying forms found in the city, determined by both human, environmental or collective history.
When producing joint artworks, Šiupinskas and Stašaitytė, having accumulated different creative and professional skills, complement each other’s competencies and provide the works with a unique aesthetic.
Gintarė Stašaitytė has earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in glass art at the Vilnius Academy of Arts and has been participating in exhibitions since 2007. She has presented her work in solo or group projects in Lithuania, Russia, and France. The artist has been a member of the Lithuanian Artists’ Association since 2015.
Lukas Šiupinskas has earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sculpture at the Vilnius Academy of Arts. He has been a member of the Lithuanian Artists’ Association since 2017 and the chairman of the Sculpture Section of the Kaunas branch of the association since 2017. The artist’s sculptures can be found in various public spaces in Kaunas and Plateliai. He has been participating in exhibitions since 2007. The artist has presented his work in solo or group projects in Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Italy, and Belgium.
Important: due to the quarantine and the suspended activity of the galleries, the exhibition will take place online in the form of a virtual tour, and if the epidemiological circumstances change, we will inform you about the possibility of visiting the exhibition physically.
The exhibition is part of the gallery’s creative program, funded by the Lithuanian Artists’ Association and Lithuanian Council for Culture. The sponsors of the exhibition are Paveikslai.lt and Kaukai.
The exhibition will be open from 5 till 27 March 2021.
Photography: Giedrius Akelis
Location: Lithuanian Artist’s Association’s gallery Arka, Aušros Vartų St. 7, Vilnius