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Feliksas Jakubauskas. Šviesos namai. 2003, vilna, šilkas, dirbtinis pluoštas, mišri technika, 127x192

Giedrė Valtaitė. Saugūs. 2003, popierius, plastikas, skaitmeninė spauda, autorinė aitvaro konstrukcija, 250x120


Cloth in Contemporary Art

by Virginija Vitkienė

Postmodernist were the first ones to create art from perishable materials. In Postmodernist area cloth functions as material and medium and is instrumental in obliterating the boundaries between different forms and styles.
Cloth appears to be among those very few materials that can be treated and applied in multiple ways. In Lithuania, cloth was discovered in the last decade of the 20th century to be used in collages, assemblages, soft installations and life sculpture pieces. The function of canvas started expanding in the 1970s, when Lithuanian abstract painters focused on texture, emphasizing the materiality of canvas. The 1990s saw Lithuanian artists use cloth in installations in public spaces. Some artists combine photography and cloth, traditional stitching and modern image transfer techniques. As cloth expedites the creative process, artists use cloth in installations and performances to the extent it has become a trend. In some ritualistic actions cloth is functions as a metaphor of human existence and human identity.

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