Andrius Erminas | (Back)stage
Exhibition at the VAA textile gallery Artifex (Gaono str.1, Vilnius) will be open until the 27th of March.
Coulisse is a flat piece of theatrical scenery which is painted and positioned on stage; one of the side scenes of the stage in a theatre; also the space between them, the wings (Oxford English Dictionary).
Related, coulisses, usually used in plural, more often reffered to as backstage, also known as offstage or behind-the-scenes.
Behind-the-scenes, backstage as a space which remains hidden from the public.
In the exhibitinion (Back)stage – installations, sculptural objects – were specifically designed for the gallery spaces.
These installations, sculptural objects were done imitating various textile techniques and products, adjusting the shape in a distinct way.
The main physical agents linking everything are unusual materials for textile and sculpture – ruberoid, bituminous coating, parchment.
The main idea is to portay a distinct outlook on cultural phenomena, such as ballet, liturgy in church, interior decoration, also taking inspiration from nature. I try to unveil the behind-the-scenes, show the other side of an object, a phenomena; to give alternative meanings and extend the understanding of certain cultural phenomena both in a material and immaterial sense. Also to give the objects a more varied, polysemantic context.
Andrius Erminas (b. 1971) – artist, specialising in sculpture, sculptural object and installations, residing and creating in Vilnius. Graduated from Vilnius Academy of Arts, with a bachelor‘s degree in mosaic and master‘s in sculpture. Erminas has received government funded grants for culture and art creators, also multiple prizes for his unique work and appraisals for further development. The artist actively organizes personal exhibitions, of which he has had over fifteen; participates in various collaborative projects in Lithuania and other countries – United Kingdom, Ukraine, Israel, Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, etc. Erminas‘ works have been purchased by private collectors, some of his works are part of a permanent collection in MO Museum in Vilnius.