Danas Aleksa: Flos artifici


Opening: 12th December, 2015 at 6 p. m.
Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association’s project space “Malonioji 6” (Malonioji g. 6, Vilnius)

The exhibition on display: 12th – 23rd December, 2015 on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 5-7 p.m. or at other time, arranged in advance by calling +370 622 30 422 .

This is the last show in LTMKS project space „Malonioji 6“.

Flower for the artist in Latin is flos artifici. This is the name of the collection by Danas Aleksa, who gathered flowers given to Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association’s Artists during openings of their exhibitions for an entire year, starting at 6th January, 2015 when Jurga Barilaitė’s ehxihition Abrakadabra opened at Vartai gallery.

Danas Aleksa: „This project is about institution and interval of time. Interval of a year resembles a capsule with clear boundaries giving a reference point in the infinity of time. Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association is one of many institutions drifting between the past and the future, where pace of movement is divided into the categories of years. The idea to collect flowers for the entire year came up during gatherings at Malonioji 6 before New Year. Flowers are like silent artists’ reports of exhibitions that took place.

Flowers in the context of the contemporary art are given less and less often. Maybe because of changing status of authorship when artist is regarded as scientific associate, or maybe because of the pathos conflicting with the essence of contemporary art. Collection was inspired by the ritual of exhibition opening followed by applause and giving flowers and this ritual’s connection with the artwork itself or the lack of this connection. On the other hand, seeing now all these plants together they remind me of flags climbers carry to the mountain tops. It is an additional weight to carry, but it becomes a symbol of achievement.

This collection is like gates into the garden of the past time where the fragments of the past are captured into the plant based medium.“

Danas Aleksa – sculptor, creator if objects, installations and performances. In 2012 he became a member of the Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association. Themes of relations between individual and the society, exact time and space are important for his oeuvre. In his last few years of creative work the artist is interested in topics of (his) social status and identity in a broader sense. In his works he asks questions “who am I” and “what am I (not)” in a social and/or institutional art system. Artist describes himself as interdisciplinary artist as someone being in a state of inbetweeness. When you are not only between disciplines, but also between self and art, self and routine, routine and art, society and self, when you become an observer and call it art.

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Exhibition is supported by Lithuanian Council For Culture and Lithuanian Ministry of Culture.

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