On 14 April, the first major solo show by Ignas Krunglevičius in Lithuania opens at Galerija VARTAI. The works presented are the result of the artist's long-term research. His interests encompass phenomena ranging from mental disorders, the uncanniness of the computer generated voice, the cognitive evolution of human beings, to the inseparability of the technological from our bodies and everyday lives.
By interweaving these notions in his artistic practice, Krunglevičius proposes a reflection on the power structures actualized by the technology that shapes the human condition. Private Syntax Virus draws one's attention to the external mechanisms that contribute to a state of habitual anxiety.
For this exhibition, Krunglevičius will be showing his newest works — a constellation of sculptures, sound and video installations. Architectural interventions, a computer generated voice and imagery will be combined to create an environment allowing viewers to explore their own subjectivity in relation to the outer mechanisms that influence it.
Ignas Krunglevičius (born in 1979 in Kaunas, Lithuania, he now lives and works in Oslo, Norway) graduated with an MA from the Norwegian Music Academy in Oslo. An artist and a composer, he participates in both the visual art and contemporary music scene, with the two occupations influencing each other. His main interests lie in the psychology of power, as well as the political and existential realities generated by global technological development.
Recent exhibitions include the Nordic Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition organized by the Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2014); ‘Crime in Art’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Kraków, Poland (2014); ‘You Imagine What You Desire’, the 19th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia (2014); the Autumn Exhibition, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo (2013); the Norwegian Sculpture Biennal, the Vigeland Museum.
Patron Vilnius City Municipality
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We are grateful to Romas Kinka, Ragna Bley, Ragnhild Aamås, and Ayatgali Tuleubek