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On October 24th, at 6pm, the AV17 Gallery invites you to the opening of a solo exhibition by sculpture, installation and performance artist Rūta Butkutė, entitled ‘Somersault’.

Butkutė lives and works in Netherlands and this is her first solo show in Lithuania combining multiple types of mediums: sculpture, video art, ceramics and performance. Through the works presented in the exhibition, the artist analyses a phenomenon rarely observed in the Lithuanian art scene – the choreography of moving objects. Butkutė explores the relationship between body and object through movement, focusing on this relationship’s physical sensation rather than the mental one. The title of the exhibition, ‘Somersault’, refers to an acrobatic movement where a person’s body rotates 360 degrees around a horizontal axis with the feet passing over the head, commonly known as Salto.

In her creative practice, Butkutė is interested in how objects communicate with each other through the most basic movements, such as falling, jumping, rising, walking or lying; she claims that these are closely related to sculptural processes. The objects presented in ‘Somersault’ seem to be stopped in motion, and all together form a unified “moving” installation. The artworks transform the gallery spaces and create a dynamic whole where the visitor becomes part of the relationship between the objects and their environment as well as of the installation itself. The video performances exhibited in the show reveal different methods of activating static sculptural forms and thus creating a sense of movement.

On November 27th the exhibition will be complemented by a performance entitled ‘Spell Action’, performed by two performers based in the Netherlands. Butkutė will present a sculptural dance at the Vilnius Contemporary Art Centre. During the performance, the dancers will employ mobile sculptural objects by the use of choreography to explore space and question the objects’ origin and function.

The exhibition ‘Somersault’ at the (AV17) gallery, Totorių Str. 5 will be open until November 30th.

(Article used from official AV17 Gallery page.)

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