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HALF EMPTY, HALF FULL. VYTAUTAS KUMZA

The Rooster Gallery presents the gallery’s new artist Vytautas Kumza, and invites visitors to his first solo show in Vilnius ‘Half Empty, Half full’.

Exhibition explores photography media while provoking the viewer with rather unusual interpretation. Artist focuses on interventions in everyday situations that result in the manipulation of the physical, temporal and aesthetic laws of the subjects within his images. These simulations create a space of contemporaneity in which the beholder can only linger and experience the present moment. By provoking the performativity of depth and surface both in the three-dimensional elements of his displays casting shadow on the flat photographs, and in the misleading interplay of background and foreground within images, the installations beckon: ‘Look. Yes, look again, and longer this time.’ Artist tries to dismantle the logic of the objects so as to be able to rebuild them in different ways using sculpture and photography. Kumza makes assemblies oscillating between absurdity, encryption, transcription and inefficient functionality, sometimes revealing the banality of the genre.

Kumza aims to create embodied experiences with the use of sculptural elements and presentation displays. The installations serve as an unfaithful encyclopaedia or archive which displays various shapes of the photographs. By using visual illusions, spatial constructs, inverted colours and exaggerated scales he tries to re-constitute otherwise mundane and familiar objects. Within his displays, he arranges the images to highlight similarities between genres, and to point to structural parallels between outside and inside, organic and inanimate, natural and artificial.

Kumza uses perforated wooden wall panels as the background to display the photographs on and places a window in the middle of a space. The resulting installation is like a toolbox of an artist’s trickery. He also uses chewing gum-like grey corners made out of clay to show some works, sealing others between two sheets of glass with silicone, to emphasise the three-dimensional nature of the works. Threading the fine line between trompe l’oeil and fine art photography, Kumza creates deceitful constructions that provoke and perplex. Scouring the assorted wares on sale of flea markets sellers, hardware stores and souvenir shops, he plans meticulously how each piece of his assorted bric-a-brac should fit into his expertly-designed images.

Opening hours of the gallery: V 14.00–19.00, VI 14.00–19.00, VII 14.00–17.00. Vernissage: 2020.03.12, 19.00.
Exhibition will take place in a new gallery space in Vilniaus str. 24 (entrance from the inner yard of The Radvilas Palace). You can also schedule the visits by phone +370 675 30087, or email at info@roostergallery.eu

Curator: Ugne Marija Makauskaite

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