Erik Siliuk | Reoccurring mistakes of the viewer help us to meet again and again
Vilnius Academy of Arts gallery “Artifex”, Gaono str. 1, Vilnius
Opening of the exhibition: 15th of March (Tuesday) at 6 PM
Narratives and stories are interesting as they are partly fictional. This “fictionality” works as an entrance into narratives and allows one to play with the elements inside.
Narratives are formed by cultural, political, personal and ideological contexts. (This list is incomplete)
Narratives find their way into our consciousness and parasite it. By doing so, they form our perception of the world.
Through our consciousness this parasitic being enters our bodies and forms our ways of seeing.
Ways of seeing are systems by which we interpret visual language, symbols and situations.
Ways of seeing determine how we form our surroundings, from how we arrange personal archives to how we arrange furniture, from the design of flags to toilets.
Ways of seeing, just like narratives, are in part fictional. This allows them to be interpreted as a playground, the limits of which are only determined by the player’s ways of seeing and their willingness to change those ways.
It is fun to play with objects that are formed by our ways of seeing.
This play gives a sense of freedom and control.
This play is also dangerous and can result in serious injuries and burns.
This play also provides a feeling that is yet to be described.
This exhibition is the author’s personal attempt to analyze contexts that informed and constructed his ways of seeing. What antagonisms were formed as the result of entanglements and contradictions of personal, political and ideological contexts. How these antagonisms inform authors self-understanding? How does the process of rethinking and reconstructing one’s ways of seeing looks and feels?
Erik Siliuk (b.1996) –artist living and working in Vilnius. Has a BA in sculpture from Vilnius Academy of Arts. Erik also studied in Nanjing University of Art for a half a year. Erik is interested in the intersections of personal, political and ideological contexts and how one experiences those intersections.