From July 15 to August 14, the exhibition “How Heat Slides Across Surfaces”, organised by the Pamėnkalnio Gallery and curated by Milda Dainovskytė, took place at the exhibition space “Münster ” (Am Hawerkamp 31, Munster, Germany).
“How Heat Slides Across Surfaces” presented Lithuanian artists actively participating in the field of contemporary art: Linas Blažiūnas, Vytenis Burokas, Algirdas Jakas, Agnė Juodvalkytė, Beatričė Mockevičiūtė, Sallamari Rantala, Ieva Rojūtė, Eglė Ruibytė, Aistė Marija Stankevičiūtė, Marija Šnipaitė. Through sculpture, painting, textiles and printmaking, these artists explore themes of light, ritual, landscape, collectivity, isolation and social issues. The different lines and volumes of the objects on display subtly remind each other of themselves—as sharp-edged bodies, soluble and temporary forms of each other.
I remember the little jumping reflection of a sunbeam—“sun bunny”, as we call it*. In a room where you wouldn’t find a single ray of scorching sun, just the clear morning light. The bunny, meanwhile, pretending to be a circle, slowly crawls through the walls, hides behind the wardrobe, appears at the other end of it, before finally diving into the table clock and settling there. Like a ghost.
Heat sucks the last remnants of moisture from the whitening surfaces. All that remains is the gently clinging sand. The rays seem to change everything—textures, smells, colours, weights, smoothness, speeds, sizes—until the colourless outgrowths start chasing around the scampering reflections.
(*Saulės zuikutis (Lithuanian for ‘sun bunny’): common way of calling a little circular sunbeam reflected from a mirror).
The exhibition was curated by Milda Dainovskytė, independent contemporary art curator, artist, member of the curatorial duo (with Laurynas Skeisgiela) and co-founder of the meeting space Lokomotif (2019–2021), which merges contemporary art practices and strategies for the formation of urban identity.
The architect of the exhibition was Vytautas Gečas, a designer and artist working in the field of conceptual design. Experimenting with context and the perception of the subject, he employs complexity, fragmentation, layering and mixed references. Gečas is currently studying for a PhD in design at the Vilnius Academy of Arts and working as a curator of various exhibitions of contemporary design in Lithuania. His design objects are widely presented in international exhibitions.
Curator – Milda Dainovskytė
Architect – Vytautas Gečas
Designer of the exhibition – Eglė Ruibytė.
Translator – Alexandra Bondarev.
Organiser: Pamėnkalnio Gallery (Vilnius).
Partners: Westdeutscher Künstlerbund e.V., Hawerkamp 31.
Sponsors: Lithuanian Council for Culture, Vilnius City, Lithuanian Artists’ Association.
Photography: Jaewon Kim