Vilnius Academy of Arts Graphic Art department 4 artists-lecturers-professors Group exhibition
5–26 04 2023
Exhibition Center Stara Kotłownia
ul. Prawocheńskiego 9, Olsztyn, Poland

Four artists, teachers, graduates of Vilnius Academy of Arts, work in one institution, in one department, with the same students, but at the same time each following their own creative path. Being so different, they form a heterogeneous, interdisciplinary expression. Would these people have been brought together by life if not for their work at the VAA? Would they have any artistic dialogue if it were not for the context of studies? With this exhibition they are trying to answer these and many other questions.

Currator of the exhibitin M. Marcelionytė-Paliukė

In my artistic practice I analyze the relation among an individual, territory and the surrounding environment, as well as marginality and fragility of time and space parameters, and human impact on physical modifications of the environment. I’m also interested in the concept of landscape that levitates somewhere between culture and nature, reality and fiction. My works often acquire the shape of the transformed and synthesized landscape, thus becoming a condensate of reactions to the surrounding physical, social and cultural environment, like thoughts, reflections and inner discussions that have obtained visual expression.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Elena Grudzinskaitė

These images emerged from experience and from tryings to transform forms. Maybe these figures do not stop in their inner direction. It is possible that these incomprehensible, muddy seeing gives strange good answers in the progress of life.
These searching states are characterized by repetitions, nobilities, disorganizations, decays, consolidations, findings out. Transformations of forms occur, and sometimes signs of support appear.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Jonas Čepas

This collection of works is based on drawing, and sometimes even more on the act of drawing itself and the coincidences that happen in the process. Unplanned movements that manage to be captured and stored for memory without knowing in advance what to do with them. I feel and perceive the world essentially through the specificity of printmaking, so I’m always looking for ways to transform single marks into a print or edition. Because the miracles that happen when a cliché is “made” and printed...you pick up a still damp sheet of paper from a plate that has rolled out from under the rollers of the etching press and for a moment you are breathless... I just create, mostly without any prior plan, or knowing if I’m going to show or not, it’s probably a kind of dependence on the creative process itself. In this way, collections of drawings and prints accumulate, which, when thinking about the format of an exhibition or an installation, take on a different form and constantly expand their contexts. A continuous, ongoing process.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Marija Marcelionytė-Paliukė

I take the river as a teacher and the forest as a labyrinth to see and find new perspectives / opening ways of visibility and understanding of images today. The sound in space sensing and leading to the fields of touch.
Swinging between nature and urban surroundings, I’m looking for a complex time in paintings.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Simonas Kuliešis

The exhibition was realized thanks to VAA Erasmus+ Staff Mobility Programme.

Photoreportage from the opening night

Elena Grudzinskaitė (born in 1987, lives and works in Vilnius) graduated from MA Graphic Art at Vilnius Academy of Arts in 2012, and since 2015 works as a lecturer at the Graphic Art Department of the VAA. She has been participating in local and international art projects since 2010, and is an active participant of international interdisciplinary art exhibitions, biennials and triennials, has presented her body of work in 8 personal shows. Alongside, she organizes projects promoting graphic art, curates visual art shows.

Jonas Čepas born in 1976, in Vilnius.
In 1994-2000 studied at Vilnius Academy of Arts (Graphic Department). Master degree.
2006-2009 postgraduate studies, Vilnius Art Academy.
From 2002 member of Lithuanian Artist‘s Association.
Since 2007 he has worked as a lecturer at the Graphic Art Department of the VAA.
Since 1994 participates in art exhibitions.

Marija Marcelionytė-Paliukė (born in 1977, lives and works in Vilnius, Lithuania). Graduated from the Vilnius Academy of Arts in 2001 with a Master’s degree in Graphic Art. In 2007 started teaching and since 2013 have been the head of this department and she is a professor now. She has been making an appearance in the cultural life, more or less knowingly, since 1995. Has taken part in over 130 group shows in Lithuania and abroad, held 20 solo shows, curated more than 40 exhibitions mostly involving young artists, students and constantly organizing and leading creative workshops, taking part at international conferences wih reports about creativity, ideas and education processes. Since 2018 she is the curattor of the VAA Gallery “5 malūnai”. In this stage of her life the collective exhibitions, projects, actions, the pre-arranged or getting out of control happenings are something that is very meaningful and multidimensional. She considers the lecturer's duties and work with students at Vilnius Academy of Arts as a personal artistic activity.
Her art works have been awarded in various exhibitions and competitions. Some of them are included in the Graphic collection of the Lithuanian National Museum of Art, to the exposition of the Lithuanian Money Museum. Works are in private collections in Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Finland, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Denmark, America, Japan, China. In 2023, she was awarded the Government Award for Culture and Art.

Simonas Kuliešis (b. 1987) - painter, lecturer at the Vilnius Academy of Arts, graduated Painting MA in Vilnius Academy of Arts. The author has organized 15 solo local and international exhibitions also participated in over 30 group exhibitions in Europe. Simonas Kuliešis has initiated artist-run space the SHCH / ŠČ gallery, which allows experimentation, finding new solutions, and promoting the dissemination of artists and mutual support. Simonas currently lives in Vilnius, Lithuania.