art 2001/2

Severija Inčirauskaitė. Paukštis (II dalis).
Plunksnos, autorinė technika, 200 x 200, h 140, ų 85. 2001

Guntars Gabranovs, Baiba Zvaune (Latvija). R-12.
Izoliacinė medžiaga “ISOVER”, mišri technika, 40 x 120 x 60. 2000

Monika Žaltauskaitė-Grašienė. Pričioska-2 (Šukuosena-2).
Sizalis, džiutas, vilna, rištinė technika, 210 x 100,
ų 70. 2001

“A Soft World”: The Feminine Dimension

by Rūta Pileckaitė

The exhibition “Soft World” held in the M. Žilinskas and Picture Galleries in Kaunas took a unique place in the context of international textile events of this year. In addition to Lithuanian artists, works by textile artists from Latvia, Estonia, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Germany, Belgium and Yugoslavia were exhibited. The exhibition was curated by the art critics Algė Gylienė and Snieguolė Surblienė. The exhibition reveals that the earlier spontaneous experiments have been increasingly replaced by a search for conceptualism. Having learnt a “lesson” in the period of obliteration of boundaries between decorative and visual art, contemporary textile becomes a kind of fiber art aiming at contemporary expression and contents. Motherhood (Eglė Bogdanienė), femininity (Vita Gelūnienė, Laima Oržekauskienė), “women’s war” (Sigita Blažiūnaitė), beauty (Monika Žaltauskaitė) and gloomily mundane remembrances of mildew covering the walls (Ligita Marcinkevičiūtė) – all this together with old photographs from the family album (Jūratė Petruškevičienė), family calendar (Anne Mie Boonen), mirrors with decorative framing (Loreta Švaikauskienė) and a mat crocheted in the pattern of yellow monotonous circles (Danutė Valentaitė) embody various aspects of the feminine world. Textile seems to have erased the boundaries separating art and life.