Having grown from an initiative of young cultural managers into an actively operating and reputable gallery in the course of several years, The Rooster Gallery is enjoying the results of its consistent and purposeful work and invites the viewers to an opening of a group exhibition and presentation of the new space and newly published catalogue introducing the gallery’s activity and the work of the represented artists. Promoting young painters since its founding, The Rooster Gallery offers a possibility to see the latest and hottest works by up-and-coming Lithuanian painters in one venue and to feel the pulse of one of the most progressive Lithuanian contemporary art galleries and its represented artists.
Adomas Danusevičius continues his research into gender issues. His newest works are a series of anonymous portraits. By using various accessories and cultural references (to famous works of art and phenomena of popular culture), the artist analyzes how an individual’s identity is constructed, created and imitated.
Although the canvases by Andrius Zakarauskas feature fragments of portraits, visual elements are barely recognizable, almost abstract. Melancholy typical of the artist’s work is disrupted by emotional splashes of colours, patches and strokes. The possibilities of painting as a means of expression are explored with a lot of attention to the surface of the painting and its expressivity.
The human body and its parts are the main motifs of the paintings by Kristina Ališauskaitė. The represented situations are cinematographic and balance between cinema, dream and reality. The actions and movements of the body become symbolic rituals reflecting psychological states and various aspects of human identity.
Auksė Miliukaitė’s creative research is closely related to the history of culture. Her paintings combine cultural artefacts (various decorative pieces, elements of art works), various household items and portraits of relatives. Autobiographic compositions become a kind of the artist’s diary in which she recreates her experiences, creative and personal discoveries and losses.
The history of culture or, more precisely, art and its hot issues are the main objects of works by Eglė Karpavičiūtė. The motifs of her paintings are art works, artists, architectural monuments and other prominent cultural artefacts and phenomena. In her intellectual, analytic and ironic works Karpavičiūtė questions the established views about the originality of an artwork and the creator’s status, and emphasizes the subjection of the art scene to the power mechanisms operating in society and culture.
The main point of reference in Vita Opolskytė’s creative quest is the interior. Her nostalgic compositions combine fragments of real interiors and surrealist elements, familiar and strange objects, and figurines of children and animals that seem to have come from old photographs. In this way the painter explores the relation between reality and fiction, intrigues with visual hints and references, and urges the viewers to get involved.
The exhibition not only offers a glimpse of the artists’ individual pursuits and personal creative evolution, but also gives a concentrated view of the general tendencies in contemporary painting and presents a large variety of painting expression and urgent ideas.