Balakauskaitė. Sėdinti III.
Ofortas, akvatinta, 12,5 x 20. 2001
Suwankusolsong (Tailandas). Supermenas supermenas.
Šilkografija, 22 x 30. 2000
Gražienė. Balti Fragmentai VI.
Mišri technika, 21 x 29, 2001
Batakov (Rusija). Liturgija.
Ofortas, 25 x 12, 2000
Vilnius Triennial of Small Graphic Art
by Ieva Pleikienė
This year the fourth
international triennial of small graphic art Vilnius2001 was traditionally
held in the Arka gallery. It is not difficult to notice that the conception
of this exhibition is based on a rather traditional concept of art.
The curators were referring to the understanding of art as an aesthetic
value and its emotional suggestion. Though digital technologies found
their way to the exhibition, neither the orientation to the mass
media visual expression, nor its use was regarded acceptable. A
very clear distinction between mass and elite culture was observed.
The jury awarded the Grand Prix of the triennial to the artist
Nikolaj Batakov from Kaliningrad. His works excellently reflect the
inherent qualities of small graphic art. They are imbued with mystery
typical of mediaeval miniatures, which has a quality of rendering great
spiritual power to small, barely noticeable things.
The Vilnius triennial of small graphic art leaves the spectator a good
impression. The exhibition clearly reflects the attitude of its organizers,
which is a great value in itself. The conservative character of the
conception is not a flaw. In this argument-ridden epoch it testifies
to a fact that there are diverse means of artistic expression, and each
of them is valuable in its own way.