Meno Niša Gallery launches the second solo exhibition by sculptor Matas Janušonis, titled “Backyard”. The artist presents his new sculptural works which he uses to filter mass-consumption images, transforming them until they acquire a shape that fits to be placed in the artist’s backyard.
Matas Janušonis is currently doing his Master’s degree in sculpture at the Vilnius Academy of Arts. His works have been presented at ArtVilnius, Positions Berlin, viennacontemporary, and YIA art fairs in Brussels and Paris; they are also in the collections of the Lewben Art Foundation and MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow. Matas Janušonis’ audio installation “Gate” is the winner of the audience award at the exhibition of the Contemporary Art Centre for the CDecaux Prize 2018.
Matas Janušonis about the exhibition:
“Backyard” mainly refers to a state where feelings, memories and visions find their order and place. Here you can feel calm and arrange things however you want, unrestrictedly and without being distracted. This is in contrast to the front yard, which is representative and visible to everyone, where it usually matters how you look from the outside.
My works are the intertwining of representational and kitsch decorative elements, images in general, and my formal commentaries about them. As if I am filtering the images of mass consumption and transforming them until they acquire a shape that would fit to be placed in my backyard. You look at how it fits in with other things already in the yard and sense some sort of interface, continuity.
The exhibition reveals two poles: it is like front and back, open and closed, insiders and outsiders. Architecturally, the duality is also resonated in objects in space: two halls, one of which is further divided into two equal triangles. They are similar in their area, but one is as if inaccessible.
“Backyard” is part of the Gallery’s project Art Space for Young Artists. It is an ongoing art project launched in 2011, covering young artists’ exhibition cycles and promoting their initiatives and continuity of artistic ideas.
10 October – 31 November 2019
J. Basanavičiaus st. 1/13, Vilnius
(Article used from official Meno niša Gallery (menonisa.lt) page.)