Mind Garden

2019 06 12 – 2019 07 20

Artist Marija Griniuk: “Be it in at the artist-run space which brings similar ideas together or in the studio – the numerous sources of inspiration gained through discussions, interactions or meetings generate the new ideas which are being expressed in the ongoing artistic practice. This exhibition is theoretically bound around the metaphoric garden where ideas are being born and raised before they get anchored into any material shape. This space brings together different ways of artistic expression — from the aquarelle paintings to experimental sounds. The exhibition is built from the materials, the (hi)stories, the patterns of relations between humans and humans, humans and objects and humans and nature which generate new ways of thinking and gives space for new ideas to be born.

There is a passion for patterns, structures and textures in the works of Liucija Dervinytė. In her works she insists on the value of a thoughtful and responsible attitude to ecology and natural surroundings. Her fascination is in the structures that are created by nature and humans, be it fragments of patterns or fragments of an architectural layout. In her works there is a careful selection of gamut or sometimes monochrome colours, taking on the very qualities of the cinematic stills, picturing the moments of the cityscape where the ideas inhabit and create the metaphoric green areas. Easily recognized, Dervinytė’s objects—aquarelle paintings, handmade notebooks, sound recordings and texts — outline a longing for the shady garden of dreams within the cityscape in which the human navigation takes place. This very garden is a metaphoric space where the ideas are born. This is an arena for going deeper into recognition of what appears in the moment of spectating Dervinytė’s works and reflecting on what goes beyond all immediate reality. Dervinytė’s exhibition space unleashes a play of appearances of images and sounds. These elements carry the imagination further. In the particularity of these images, sounds and texts, and in Dervinytė’s insistence on the familiarity of the patterns, the works are catalysts for a choreography of the visitors. The visitors move in between the recognisable close-ups, patterns, textures, sounds, texts and their extracts, which she organised in the exhibition space. These elements connect as well to the ongoing travel of the artist, which is a significant part of the source of inspiration for Dervinytė. When the artist reflects on the ideas, she reflects as well on their independence from any particular place or territory, hence the exhibition description where she states the growth of ideas inside as well as outside of the metaphoric garden. This metaphoric garden is the threshold between the artist’s inner world and the outer surroundings.”

Liucija Dervinytė is a textile designer and visual artist, cultural manager and co-founder of Ideas Block creative space in Vilnius. Liucija studied at M. K. Čiurlionis School of Art and textile design at The University of Edinburgh.

Liucija’s first exhibition took place in Mexico, at Baja California Cultural Institute in 2015. Together with multimedia artist Roberto Becerra she created multimedia art installations exhibited at Ideas Block, Beepositive lights festival, and a couple experimental art festivals in Kaunas’ Forts. In February 2019 she presented her solo exhibition – pop-up artist studio at Ideas Block gallery.