art 2001/2

Andres Tali (Estija). Romeo ir Džuljeta VIII.
Skaitmeninė spauda, 37 x 104. 1999

Jo Ganter (Škotija). Priedas VIII.
Autorinė technika, 74 x 81. 2000

Virge Jõekalda (Estija). Oazė.
Sausa adata, 106 x 106. 1999

Pamela Delaura (JAV). Savisauga V.
Šilkografija, monotipija, mišri technika, 41 x 65. 1998

The 12th Tallinn Triennial of Graphic Art

by Saulė Mažeikaitė

This autumn the 12th Triennial of Graphic Art was held in Tallinn. It is a prestigious event of graphic art. As always, independent collections of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania (curated by Helmutas Šabasevičius) were presented. As a result of a separate competition, works by the Lithuanian artists Aistė Krasauskaitė, Jūratė Stauskaitė and Rasa Janulevičiūtė also participated in the triennial.
Grand Prix was awarded to the Estonian artist Andres Tali for the work “Romeo and Juliet” (digital printing). It consisted of three variants of a burnt book by William Shakespeare open at different pages. It is quite obvious that the parallel between an image and a text, or the constant of the inherent illustrative character of graphic art was not of the least importance. The collection was rich in works influenced by mass media, many of which were created by means of digital technologies. In this respect the Lithuanian part of the exhibition was rather poor (with the exception of the works by Vytenis Jankūnas). Among the so-called environment copies, the work “Tif Bitmap Message 3” by the young Latvian artist Tif Bitmap can be distinguished. It is a totally depersonalized, yet authentic work by a worn-out computer person.
However, environment copies could be found not only among works created by means of digital technologies – the use of authentic things (envelopes, letters, postmarks, photos etc.) was also widespread. On the other hand, the limits of graphic art as an art form related with a concrete technology are being increasingly ignored.