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Exposition of Žilvinas Landzbergas in Vartai, Vilnius

I think that on the backdrop of today’s visual cultural layer, right here and now an (apathetic) drowning in nostalgia/melancholy is taking place—a desire to pull away from the possibly extant and real, an excitement over historical imitation, a desire for another (safer) world, or precisely the opposite: a sorrow for the departed. Žilvinas offers us to catch sight of this imitation, to look at it critically, to overcome the matter and the mythology of stories it carries. He is interested in how deep and true emotions or feelings, when repeated many times, transform and lose their initial power and essence. For example, as has happened to the infamous sunset. 

Exposition sight in Vartai, Vilnius

Žilvinas possesses the ability to preserve a balance, some irony, and humor in everything. He is also able powerfully to structure objects spatially, allowing them to live their own live and transform (it doesn’t matter if there is no champagne left or if the fountain is littered on opening day with white disposable glasses), as well as to play with associations, simultaneously challenging and doubting them. The ability to recognize the boundary between an amateur, even childish infatuation and professionalism, knowing the right moment to stop and precisely capture a character’s points of influence, are confirmed by two objects of groups of objects from both the Vartai exhibit and the Kim? exhibit. The first is the sculptor’s room set up in the Vartai Gallery—a dark cell packed with various wooden objects. The “Sunset” slogan itself, where a door has been set up, leads visitors to the room. Along the wall are shelves holdings various small objects, which are stylistically reminiscent of birds or other animals, trees, and various other things. An illuminated table, piled with books that seem to have come from an antique shop, is placed along the central wall. It turns out that they, too, are made of wood, yet unlike the rest of the figures they leave the impression of very realistic form. 

Exposition sight in Vartai, Vilnius

As Žilvinas himself jokes, this is God’s room. So, Sunset was just a pretext or a cover, in order to arrive  in this, a place saturated with the objects’ “true” nature. This poses the question, What is what and why does it look like this? However, one doesn’t want to rush with an answer because a spatial experience comes to the forefront, arranged purely for the sense and vision. As if you had gone into the woods and it had suddenly seemed as if the trees had begun to speak or the roots acquired human facial features. >>