DURATION: November 25th, 2016 – January 28th, 2017
ROCKELMANN & is proud to present the group show EXCHANGE in collaboration with (AV17) GALLERY. The exhibition brings together the work of four well-known Lithuanian sculptors and installation artists. Culturally, the exhibition is an exchange of ideas between (AV17) GALLERY in Vilnius and ROCKELMANN& in Berlin. Thematically, the artists’ works also embody crossing points: they enact a visual and referential exchange between formal sculpture and more everyday, quotidian objects or materials. Nerijus Erminas and Rafael Piesliak create compositions or inclusions of ornamental and often evocative objects — cut glass vases, ceramic tiles, functional and ornate lamps — which have the effect of cutting through cultures. They evoke images of homes and informal spaces like a stream of details that place the artists’ work in a certain time and place. Yet the artists also cross these tropes with formal references to 20th century sculpture. The effect locates one history so firmly within the other that the works teeter between sculptural references and their evocative motifs, hinting at the formal underpinnings of ornament and the decorative origins of abstract sculpture. The other two artists in the exhibition, Rimintas Milkintas and Andrius Erminas, play with formal elements in perfectly opposing ways: Milkintas’s work embodies modernist sculpture, playing with formal sculptural elements such as balance and volume; Erminas’ work physically plays with space as though it were addressing the concerns of modernist sculpture while appearing to be an altered functional object—the kind of container that might transport sculpture from Vilnius to Berlin.
We cordially invite you to join us for the opening of this exciting group show, with a reception taking place on November 24th from 7-9pm. For more information, the german press release or high-res images please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andrius Erminas was born in 1971 in Klaipėda, Lithuania, resides and works in Vilnius, Lithuania. Erminas presented his works in the UK, Germany, Belarus, Poland, Macedonia, Denmark, Bulgaria. Conceptual artist is well known for his sensitive and associative objects of sculpture and art installations. Some of the most important creative principles employed by the artist are the use of references, construction of an imaginative narrative and transformation of old easily recognizable everyday objects and materials into new symbolic sculpture pieces. In his works, one can find references to interpersonal, existential themes, reflections on dialectical opposites such as life and death, culture and nature, tradition and modernity.
Nerijus Erminas was born in 1976 in Klaipėda, Lithuania, resides and works in Vilnius, Lithuania. Erminas held exhibitions in Lithuania, Denmark, Italy, Germany. In 2011, the artist’s works were included in the 54th Venice Biennale and exhibited in the Lithuanian Pavilion as part of the project Behind the White Curtain. Nerijus Erminas is one of the most interesting conceptual sculpture and object artist in Lithuania. His work is characterized by sensitive transformation of reality into surreal and subconscious experiences. The artist uses his compositions to analyze universally relevant and familiar topics, focusing on the emotional experience. Stories behind the work of Erminas take shape in the process of observing and analysing everyday rituals, interpreting both cultural and political context, history, religion, and expressing personal as well as collective experience.
Rimantas Milkintas is a sculptor, installation artist. He was born in 1977 in Šilalė, Lithuania, now resides in Vilnius. He has presented works in Hungary, Denmark, Germany, Latvia, Belgium, Italy, Finland, Lithuania, Poland. The artist also works as a lector at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University and National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Art. The work of Rimantas Milkintas is distinguished by a combination of characteristic minimalist aesthetics and kinetic plasticity. In his sculpture compositions characterized by the tension between polarities, the artist juxtaposes physical properties of volumes such as flexibility, sturdiness, softness or fragility with individual experience, and often expresses the meaning behind his work through materials.
Rafal Piesliak was born in 1983 in Vilnius, Lithuania, lives and works in Vilnius. The artist has organized nine personal exhibitions so far. In 2010, the artist received the Polish National Award for Merit in Culture. Conceptual sculptor creates spatial installations and objects from various sources of light. One of the most important themes of the work of Piesliak is the connection of a person’s mental and emotional state with the surrounding environment. The artist reflects over the topic in his installations by changing and reshaping the exhibition space through the use of various techniques, and engaging the viewer as well as their experiences in the creative experiment.