Magical bodies

2024 02 02 –2024 02 25 

Gallery T.2 invites you to visit the exhibition of Elena Antanavičiūtė and Rūta Matulevičiūtė, presented at ArtVilnius'23 and London Art Fair.
We are waiting for you at 7-53 Titnago str.
V-VII 11.00-18.00
E. Antanavičiūtė has been dealing with the theme of the body in her works for some time now, inviting to discuss the standards of beauty, the relationship with one's own body, the body as a tool for one's own creation and at the same time as an abstract motif in which one can see both the landscapes of nature and the human unconscious. The author's works also include diaristic motifs from her immediate environment.
R. Matulevičiūtė's works are dominated by the magical world, mythology of the Balts and other peoples, and her works are an alternative utopian reality created by the artist.
The exhibition brings together very mundane, sometimes literally landscape-like body motifs and images from another reality. These are two different but intertwined worlds, reflecting their place in life and art, and the search for meaning. For the artists, art is a tactic for understanding the environment. In some works the artist looks back on herself as an animal existing in her own body, in other works she identifies with magical, mysterious beings, questions of existence are solved in a utopian reality.
Antanavičiūtė's works are full of fragmentary images of the body, small observations, like portraits of body parts where the face is turned away or does not fit into the frame.
R.Matulevičiūtė has not only painted, but also presented performances and other interesting projects ("HOT Salon", "Wisdom Vendor"). For this artist, the persona of the author and the image of the artist are important, but inseparable from the creation and development of the artist, not only in art, but also in the practice of meditation in an effort to live a conscious, meaningful life. In her search for answers in the utopia she has created, R. Matulevičiūtė does not shy away from allusions to pop and virtual culture, to the beings of the world of wonders, as if they were aware of our reality, of pop culture, of the art market. In her utopia, the author does not run away from reality, but complements it, tries to transform it, starting from herself, creating art without suffering and striving for awareness, but without losing her ironic, critical attitude.
The theme of the body, which has long been treated in art, appears in the exhibition in its broadest spectrum: from realistic fragments of the artist's body, which seem to be a response to the images of the body exploited in many media, to magical portraits of creatures.
The exhibition is like a game of contrasts of motifs, forms, similarities of meaning and content. It reveals the different choices made by the creative individual: one is to search for meanings closest to oneself, in the small folds of one's own physical body, the other is to create a whole separate world, a utopia, and there solve mundane problems in a magical way.

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