Lithuanian painter Linas Jusionis (1986) shares his thoughts in our “Daily Dozen” questionnaire. The artist’s newest solo exhibition There Were Just Marks Left on the Snow is open for viewing through February 23, 2013 at Galerija Vartai, Vilnius.
1. What’s the best moment of your day?
The best moment of my day is an early morning. I like to wake up early and I really enjoy the moment, when I am taking a ride or a walk to my studio or some other place. The best mornings are on Sundays or Saturdays. They are so peaceful. I also love my preparations for work – having breakfast, looking through the window, listening to the morning program on the radio, etc.
2. Why do you work as an artist?
Basically, I think that the work of a visual artist (painting in my case) has the right balance between the process and the final result, when the work is complete. It is a free process driven by the desire. You preoccupy yourself with very personal thoughts that matter to you at that moment. At the end you have an object to admire. I think this final phase is important to me.
3. Which films, concerts, exhibits, or books have left a lasting impression on you?
Books: Alain Robbe-Grillet “In the labyrinth”, Witold Gombrowitz “Ferdydurke”, “Pornografia”, “Cosmos” and Georges Bataille “L’Abbe C”.
I would like to mention most of films by Michelangelo Antonioni. I would also add Alain Resnais “Last year at Marienbad”, Wim Wenders “Kings of the roads” and some less serious films from my childhood like James Bond films from 60’s-70’s-80’s, “Le gendarme” with Louis de Funes or TV animation like “Speed Racer”.
For the exhibitions, I would like to mention Silvia Baechli exposition in the Swiss pavilion at the Venice Biennale and Petrit Halilaj at the Berlin Biennale in 2010.
The music that I always come back to is Jimi Tenor, Jay Jay Johanson, Ulrich Schnauss, Kraftwerk and Joy Division.
4. Where do you currently get ideas for your works?
Currently I am interested in transforming some accidental elements of painting, which appear on the walls of my studio, into narrative objects for my paintings. Most of my works start with the transformation of some images, that are haunting me, into paintings.
Photo: Evgenia Levin
5. Which work(s) of art would you like to have in your possession?
I am not really interested in having other artists’ works. Maybe I would like to have some Cy Twombly paintings or photos. But the only time I was really thinking that I would like to buy an artwork was when I saw one print by a young Lithuanian artist Gabija Vidrinskaite at Galerija Vartai.
It was not that I liked it more than anything else, but it was the only time I was actually thinking of having someone’s artwork in my studio.
6. What do you do when you’re not occupied with art?
I love cooking, I am even thinking of working as a chef or owning a bar one day. I am also a big fan of road cycling. During the summers I spend many afternoons watching Giro, Tour de France or Vuelta.
7. Do you sleep a lot?
I can do well with less than 8 hours of sleep and, if I sleep 9 hours or more, I fell lazy and tired.
8. Do you collect anything?
9. What is one of the most important things in your studio?
Radio and a tea pot.
10. What do you like to eat, and what don’t you like?
As I said before, I like to cook. I make a lot of eggplants, pasta, cheese, tomatoes and other Mediterranean style dishes. I don’t really like to eat a lot of potatoes.
11. When you were a kid, what did you want to be?
An architect or a historian.
12. Name three creative individuals, from any era, with whom you’d gladly spend an evening.
I would invite Jimi Tenor to a company where all the rest would be my friends.