Private view of exhibition "Card Catalogue" by the Lithuanian painter Eglė Ulčickaitė, will be held on 19th of April (Friday) at 7pm (local time) at Meno Parkas Gallery in Dusseldorf (Dorotheenstrasse 22, Dusseldorf, DE).
In this exhibition I present part of collection of project the ‘Parallel Card Catalogue‘. This art project explores the means of perceiving time and temporality as well as works of memory. I aim comprehending where the state of experiencing parallel times comes from.
I explore manifestations of everyday life: things, interiors, spots, and locations – common-places that humans establish, reconstruct, and abandon. In particular, I focus on that part of surrounding environment that loses its utilitarian purpose. I seek capturing time in painting through difference in meaning of a thing and its function.
The German word karte [map], Italian carta [card], Latin charta [paper], plus theke [container, box] in Greek all refer to the systemic collection of index cards – card catalogue or cartothèque in French. In my project, I substitute these index cards with paintings. I consider them being peculiar containers of time(s) – as if I catch past time in painting at present. I reflect upon present experience of things that belong to the domain of the past, but not to my autobiographical memory. When painting, I create place-and-time-specific facts. It might seem as if I am collecting painted artefacts. However, what impels me is not (merely) aesthetic curiosity. Instead, I attempt to figure out, where an obsession with collecting unfamiliar things that reside in the past derives from; why is there a need to turn one’s gaze backwards, and, most importantly, what sort of gaze is that, what its nature is.
Painting herein is a medium with the help of which I transform what is unfamiliar into familiar. My creative method is borrowing. I imagine that this is the way to compensate for the lack of clear apprehension of what the lived present is. For it might be that what I do not remember is not mine. However, that does not necessarily mean that it is not part of me.
Eglė Ulčickaitė, 2019
Exhibition organizer: Meno Parkas Gallery
Gallery's Working Hours: II-VI 14-18:30