ARTscape: France Gallery Vartai Vilnius, Lithuania July 15 – August 28
During the peak of summer, July 15 to August 28, the project ARTscape will be exhibited at the contemporary art gallery Vartai, in Vilnius. The long-term interdisciplinary project introduces contemporary art from future and former European Capitals of Culture. This time, ARTscape will present two solo shows, two monologs – works by the French artist Pierre Labat (1977) and the promising Lithuanian artist, Tomas Martišauskis.
ARTscape will introduce the French art field with two site-specific groups of installations, specifically made for the space of the Vartai gallery. The exhibition's key word is “borders” – the mathematically calculated relationship with the space invites individual reflection on the concept of visible and invisible borders.
Pierre Labat's works vary from monumental outdoor sculptures to architectural and sculptural interventions of a gallery space. This time, however, he has used geometrical, three-dimensional volumes made from natural materials that physically correspond with the architecture of the space; he manipulates the viewer's perception by creating optical, symbolic and physical hurdles. Labat believes that through the interaction with three-dimensional sculpture, the viewer brings in the fourth dimension – that of experience. For his installations, Labat uses local resources and materials; once the show is over, the objects have to be dissembled in order to lose their artefactual essence and to “go back” to being what they once were – ordinary fiberboard and building materials, thus completing the cycle of the artwork.
Pierre Labat's works have been exhibited in several noteworthy contemporary art centers in France, such as in Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the gallery ACDC in Bordeaux, and Art-Cade in Marseilles; in 2010 he was awarded the opportunity to stay at the prestigious artist residence Villa Kujoyama in Japan.
The Lithuanian artist Tomas Martišauskis will present his newest works. Using contemporary technologies, he translates a specific sculptural object into various mediums, thus expanding the notion of traditional sculpture. Even though the primary object will not be exhibited, its 3D, video and audio renditions become what the artist describes as “authentic copies”. The paradoxical relationships between authenticity and a copy enables one to see the different aspects of the object: its interior and exterior, its sound and its plasticity in animation.