CABINET OF NATURE GOURMAND
Private View: Thursday March 30th 6pm-9pm.
Exhibition dates: 31st March- 22nd April.
Venue: "Unit 1 Gallery|Workshop", 1 Bard Road, London W10 6TP, United Kingdom.
Open Wednesday – Saturday, 11 – 5pm and by appointment.
What is a forest? It might seem as a strange question. Everyone knows what a forest is.
Probably you would say, that it’s an area where a lot of trees grow. But if there are a lot of trees
growing at the area, but they are far away from each other - it is not a forest. If there is a lot of
trees, but they take up very little space, then again it is not a forest, but a grove.
What is an exhibition? Viewers already have a habit, that gallery’s walls are covered with works
of art. If there are loads of works but they do not create hypnotism then it is not an exhibition
yet. If there are a lot of artworks but they only imitate the world without creating a connection
between it and the viewer then it is also not an exhibition yet.
This is not an exhibition, but a cabinet of artworks, things etc., which fits my observations,
thoughts and feelings about nature and world. Cabinet, which became open for the viewers,
after being moved from my studio and home, for it to be able to communicate, talk and joke
around. And if by this way new insight, ideas or thoughts appear, then this cabinet can become
It should be sought for paradoxical parallels by content of provided texts and images at the
space of gallery. You can find a lot of known quotations from arts’ history, but these are
presented a little bit in the way, which can make you smile. The time-space of cabinet’s is not
being oriented to one meaning, but it is not chaotic as well. From scientific poetic synthesis to
informative magical naïve realism, from feelings’ analysis to utopic visions – it is an attempt to
make the viewer think and make decisions, that would be perceived intellectually as optional
and would find their own insights and visions.
Aušra Vaitkūnienė, (b. 1962) lives and works in Kaunas (Lithuania). Painting MA degree at
Vilnius Art Academy (1986). Member of Lithuanian Artist Association. Since 2004 docent, since
2016 head of Painting Department in Vilnius Art Academy Kaunas Art Faculty. Nominated with
Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (New York, USA (2013) and numerous State and City
Municipality grants. Artworks in collections of National M. K. Čiurlionis Museum, MMC
(Modern Art Center, Vilnius), Lithuanian Ministry of Culture, National Vilnius Art Museum,
Lippe Land Government (Detmold, Germany), private collections.
Project is part of gallery's "Meno parkas" international continuous cultural exchange project "Art Line". Inviting!