The power of a painted image to create an illusion of reality has captivated humanity since the earliest times. How much is a painted image important for us, and what emotions does it cause? Do we still trust it? What is its relation to reality? Can it deceive and mislead us? Where are the limits (if they exist) between a painted reality and illusion?
The painted narratives about painting and its powers aim to answer these and other questions. The gallery presents the works by two probably most promising Lithuanian painters Egle Karpaviciute and Kristina Alisauskaite which conceptualise painting and its history in different ways. Karpaviciute’s perspective on the history of art, the problematics of “the death of painting” and its relation to the contemporary media is intellectual and analytic. By recreating the works by famous artists, the painter raises doubts in the established concepts of the originality of an artwork and the status of a creator. Frequent motives of her paintings are artists, architectural objects and other famous cultural artefacts. While representing them, the artist aestheticises often anti-aesthetical art forms, questions the established opinions about the originality of an artwork and the status of a creator, as well as the hierarchy of contemporary art forms, and emphasises the dependence of art assessment criteria on the mechanisms of power operating in society and culture.
Alisauskaite has a more intimate psychologised view of painting. Her laconic paintings are most often devoid of any obvious hints of action. They represent wide abstract spaces, interiors and landscapes, in which faceless characters occasionally appear. Yet, her paintings are eloquent and mesmerising. While making use of certain symbolic images, the painter analyses the psychological suggestion of a painted image and its ability to cause emotions. Her portraits can be called contemporary versions of religious icons and specific reflections on the history of the cult of the painted image.
The Rooster Gallery does not have a permanent exhibition space and presents artists’ works in ever-new venues, looking for alternative exhibition forms that would emphasise the work of a concrete artist and suggest new means of reading an artwork.