art 2002/2

Bronius Gražys. Vandenyje. 2002, aliejus, drobė, 116 x 146

Elena Balsiukaitė. Sekretai. 2001, aliejus, drobė, 145 x 380

Darius Bražiūnas. Kelias. 2001, granitas, bronza, h 58

Irena Daukšaitė-Guobienė. Debesų puokštė. 2002, mišri technika, koliažas, 100 x 52

Birutė Zokaitytė. Salomėja. 2002, mišri technika, 43 x 64

Nijolė Šaltenytė. Grafika kitaip. 2001, mišri technika, 57 x 81

Art in the Format of Collection

by Ignas Kazakevičius

On September 13 - October 14 Šiauliai Art Gallery hosted an overview exhibition Collection 2002. The event was launched by the Lithuanian Artists’ Association (LAA) with the goal to revive the old tradition of annual shows presenting a comprehensive view of the recent work of the association’s members.
New exhibiting possibilities open for artists have made it quite a complicated task to arrange such an event. Overview exhibitions have lost popularity and prestige with the artists. Most prefer to decide for themselves what they want to showcase and are reluctant to go through selection sieve. Another fault with such events is that they predominantly feature works representing traditional branches of art. The profile of such events could be lifted by opening the door to the novelty and experiment in art. But the majority of LAA members produce exclusively traditional work, and only a small part combines traditional and conceptual approach.
The works for the exhibition were selected by separate sections in the association, so to say, a democratic principle was applied. When the idea to host the exhibition at the Contemporary Art Center in Vilnius failed, it moved to Šiauliai at the cost of the number of showcased works as well as shrunk formats. On display were paintings, graphic works and sculpture pieces. The show reflected one dominant thematic and stylistic tendency – nowadays the artists think more of practical functioning of their work in the interior.
It is clear that exhibition lacked a unifying idea, theme or a viewpoint. Should such shows continue and aspire to become an event on Lithuanian art scene, the organizers will want to find a different approach to select works and structure the event.