Photo reportage from the exhibition 'Shuttle and Twill' at the Anastazija and Antanas Tamošaičiai Gallery 'Židinys'

March 22, 2023
Author Echo Gone Wrong

Load up with yarn, then cock the triggers and shoot! Indeed, there isn’t a fabric the Universe could not weave. Here, the lives of two As meander on the tapestry of history. There, the heroes of our motherland carry on with their deeds clicking and clacking like archaic dancers on a raw woollen rug. Notice the Lithuanian national style, so deeply ingrained in the towel on the mantelpiece, as if the face of a wooden idol. And if you grow tired of the constant motion going left-to-right, top-to-bottom, grab the shuttle with your other hand and watch the twill as it glimmers between the heddles much like the fins of a slender perch flicker in the waves, uttering in passing:

o, the bliss of being in this handsome realm!

At first glance, the exhibition “Shuttle and Twill” is about relationships – between the past and present, naivety and cunning, mother and child, tradition and fiction, eyes and hands, artist and her piece, collective and individual, beauty and pragmatism, art and craft. Sometimes these relationships appear strong, much like linen thread. Sometimes they are barely noticeable, like the lines of a delicate drawing. They snap and become tied together again, tangle and fall apart, creating patterns that are always new, or perhaps have simply endured the test of time. But only at first glance!

The exhibition presents new works by contemporary artists Ieva Rojūtė, Morta Jonynaitė and Eglė Jauncems that express and discuss the concerns, joys, hopes and intuitions of the past and present worlds. Providing a complimentary energy are Lithuanian folk artefacts and works by Anastazija Tamošaitienė from the collection of the Židinys Gallery. There are no leading voices in this polyphony, instead, an endless drone of something painfully familiar and yet still undiscovered.

The exhibition is open to the public Wednesday-Friday from 12:00 to 18:00, Saturday from 12:00 to 16:00 until 31 March and can be visited admission free.

Artists: Morta Jonynaitė, Eglė Jauncems, Ieva Rojūtė, Anastazija Tamošaitienė
Curator: Paulius Andriuškevičius
Designer: Jurgis Griškevičius
Partners: TemaProjects,
Thanks to Ramutė Raciūtė and Laimutė Lukoševičienė
The project is supported by the Lithuanian Council for Culture.

Photography: Visvaldas Morkevičius