Colour, one of the essential elements of painting, becomes a centre of The Rooster Gallery exhibition Mind the Colour / Colourmind. The gallery will present the work of two young Lithuanian artists, communicating issues they care about through individual, yet visually related, painting language.
In his artworks, Andrius Zakarauskas continues the tradition of Lithuanian colourist painting. It emerged in the modernist art of the 1st half of the 20th century, was revived in the 1960s and 1970s and it still is one of the prevailing painting trends. While many young painters declare the rejection of the colourism, Zakarauskas, on the contrary, contemporizes and conceptualizes the colourist tradition so it becomes a starting-point for his art. His palette emerges from Lithuanian landscape, and colour is both a dominant feature of a painterly expression and a part of a narrative. The subjects of Zakarauskas’ paintings often centre around painting itself, supplemented by topics of human relationships and biblical themes in painters’ recent work. Painter tests the boundary between representation and abstraction. In his paintings he occasionally refers to art history, yet most often a painting for Zakarauskas is a discourse by itself.
In contrast to Zakarauskas‘ striving for authenticity of images and emotions, the creative strategy of Aukse Miliukaite is based on the reproduction and postproduction of images. Her paintings, reminding of dreams of a culturally spoilt child, are composed of fragments of historical and contemporary art, elements of popular culture and autobiographical details. By manipulating the material of art history she questions the traditional dynamics of master-apprentice relationship and the concept of an authorship. Colour is also one of the most important elements of her painting, though in a different way. Miliukaite uses hallucinogenicly bright colour combinations to present some insights into contemporary culture. Her paintings glow like HDR screens, neon tubes and flickering lamplights, reflecting a complex and barely controllable stream of present-day visual information.
The Mind the colour/Colourmind dichotomy represents different ways of approaching and decoding painting. It separates visible image from readable image and image thinking from thinking image. Colour either becomes a key to enter the story of painting or leads viewers astray in a colourful maze of representations. Those questions materialize in the dialogues between the paintings.
ANDRIUS ZAKARAUSKAS (b. 1982) studied painting at the Vilnius Academy of Arts. Since 2004 he has been a participant in various group exhibitions in Europe and the USA, his works have been presented in prestigious galleries and contemporary art fairs. Since 2005 he has held several solo shows in Lithuania and abroad. In 2009 he became the winner of the competition “Young Painter‘s Prize”. In 2011 Zakarauskas received a Young Creator Award from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania. The artist’s works are held in the collections of Lewben Art Foundation, Modern Art Centre (Mo Museum) in Vilnius and represented in the info centre of National Gallery of Art.
AUKSE MILIUKAITE (b. 1990) studied at the University of the Arts in London and recently graduated from her painting studies at the Vilnius Academy of Arts. She has held several solo shows and is an active participant of group exhibitions, artistic projects, workshops and plein-air sessions. She was a finalist of “Young Painter‘s Prize” competition (2016, 2017) and received honourable mention (2017). Her paintings have become part of the collections of Lewben Art Foundation and Modern Art Centre (Mo Museum) in Vilnius.