Everything Changed Overnight

2022 07 09 – 10 01
A group exhibition of sculptures and installations Everything Changed Overnight in Panemune castle park.

More about the works and the artists:

Jonas Aničas, Guardian, 2021; The Side of a Woman and a Man, 2019

The motifs of mysticism and mythology are often used in the work of Jonas Aničas. Most often, various metal anthropomorphic forms are created, or the objects found in the environment are transformed with the help of the material. In the exhibition, the artist presents two works – the sculpture Guardian and the sculptural installation The Side of a Woman and a Man. The inspiration for the first one was a sketch of human forms made from garbage which was collected in the forest. Enlarged many times, it seems to have turned into a colorful idol or mythological character.  The very name of the sculpture Guardian opens up various semantic possibilities of meanings, starting from the ecological context of the beginning of the creation of the sculpture, to an attempt to create a mythical guardian protecting against the tragic sociopolitical events of today.

Meanwhile, the work The Side of a Woman and a Man is an absolute transformation of reality, a change in the materiality of the car’s chairs. In this work, the artist touches on the feminist discourse, without directly presenting the positions of men and women, only barely hinting at this topic. Alongside, in today's context, an additional symbolism of the car seat as a journey, perhaps even a run, is revealed, where hard, uncomfortable seats express the awkwardness and complexity of the situation.

Jonas Aničas (1987) is a sculptor who completed sculpture studies at the Vilnius Academy of Arts, constantly presenting his work in Lithuania and abroad. He was awarded the prize of the best young artist at the art fair ArtVilnius'13. The artist's works belong to MO Museum, Lewben Art Foundation and other various private collections in Lithuania and abroad.

Nerijus Erminas, Sacrifice, 2022

“All this happened yesterday. And what will happen today, tomorrow and in the following days is everything after what happened yesterday. It was impossible to avoid it, because it really wanted to become the one who would not have to repeat yesterday's event. But despite everything, today I'm looking again at what to sacrifice.”

Nerijus Erminas (1976) - received his speciality as a sculptor at the Vilnius Academy of Arts. Since 2003 he participates in the exhibitions in Lithuania as well as abroad and has organized nineteen solo shows. In 2010, he was awarded the "Sculpture of the year'09" award for the most outstanding small plastic work of 2009, and in 2012 at art fair ARTVILNIUS'12 he was awarded for the best sculpture "Squirrel and a Wall".

Aušra Jasiukevičiūtė, Karmazinai Mounds, 2019

The presented work is a moss garden installation, the main axis of which is the ceramic mounds of the Karmazinai created in the wood-fired ceramic furnace Anagama. Their colors and textures are obtained by "drawing" the flames with melting wood ash. They are also supplemented with organic moss and imitation of the Dūkšta river. The Karmazinai valley itself has been the axis of life of the people who lived here for many centuries; it is a place full of barrows where various burial rituals were performed. Thus, the valley became a synthesis of life and death, which the artist placed in a miniature landscape installation.

Aušra Jasiukevičiūtė (1973) is a sculptor, since 2015 Chairperson of the Council of the Lithuanian Artists' Union and Chairperson of the Vilnius Sculptors' Section. She participates in group exhibitions and organizes personal shows, creates sculptures for public spaces in Lithuania and abroad. She also teaches the basics of 3D design at the Department of Graphic Design of the Vilnius Academy of Arts.

Jonas Kazlauskas, Bugaboo, 2021

At first glance, J. Kazlauskas' sculptural object Bugaboo presented in the exhibition looks like a cheerful smiling face made of ceramic tiles using the mosaic technique. However, it is interesting that the contour of the face is made from a metal rope used to pull tanks during the period of Stalin's rule, and the very name of Bugaboo refers to the frightening spirit of darkness often mentioned in Lithuanian mythology. So the positive face remains only a mask behind possibly frightening, dark feelings.

Jonas Kazlauskas (1959) is a painter and a professor. In 1989, he graduated from the Lithuanian Art Institute, since 1990 teaches at the Vilnius Academy of Arts and since 1996 he was a head of the Department of Drawing, and since 2003 – a professor. He participates in exhibitions in Lithuania and abroad (in Poland, Russia, Turkey, Italy, Finland, individual exhibitions in Warsaw, Helsinki) since 1990.

Tauras Kensminas, Heavy Sky, 2019

The sculpture Heavy Sky is an aesthetic attempt to express today's feelings of anxiousness and instability. Most of the time, the sky is associated with boundless space, the sun or some nature’s phenomena, but lately it has also become a bearer of fear, not knowing what kind of object of imperialism can fly through it and what it will bring. Sculpture’s sharp angles and shapes resembling fighter jets or rising clouds of dust reflect both the realities of recent times and the constant fears associated with them.

Tauras Kensminas (1991) is a sculptor, who completed master's studies in sculpture at the Vilnius Academy of Arts. Since 2012 he actively participates in personal and group exhibitions in Lithuania and abroad. The artist's works belong to MO museum, Lewben Art Foundation and private collections in Lithuania and abroad.

Rytis Urbanskas, Bodies V, VI, VII, 2020-2022

In the presented works artist R. Urbanskas tries to deform the perception of reality. The artist asks is there a possibility that a sphere could be a considered as a sphere but at the same time appear as something differing from the sphere? The answer is simple: you just need to inflate a rubber gym ball, put cross tensions through it, bury underground and fill it with concrete. In this way, a new object with the surface topology of the sphere is obtained. At the same time, the deformed, petrified balls left in the grass may in the future look like the remains of the present era, the finds of post-catastrophic civilization.

Rytis Urbanskas (1991) is an interdisciplinary art creator who completed master's studies in sculpture at the Vilnius Academy of Arts. The artist had internships at the Royal Danish and Estonian Academy of Arts. He participates in exhibitions since 2012 and mostly creates sound installations and sculptural objects.

Pavel Pavel, A typical two-room apartment with a view to Nemunas, 2022

The spheres of interest of the artist Pavel Pavel include urbanism, agronomy, ethnobotany, ethnomycology and various shamanic practices. In the exhibition, he presents an almost transparent object that communicates with the surrounding environment with minimal means – the contours of his own apartment in Vilnius. In this way, the artist seems to be playing with the viewer, moving the boundaries of one space to another place and forcing to rethink both the perception of the space itself and the concept of home. At the same time, in the title of the installation, the artist absurdly ironizes the lexicon of brokers, specially formed to attract as much attention as possible.

Pavel Pavel (1976) is a creator of conceptual art, sculptor. In 2022, he graduated from sculpture at the Vilnius Academy of Arts. The artist does not reveal his identity and wider biography.