2018 05 02 – 2018 05 26

Rūta Matulevičiūtė‘s exhibition “Sphere“ teleports us to the forest. Her precise painting manner and mastery convinces the mind that we have entered Nature‘s sanctuary. The author identifies the strict following of rationality only as a barrier, a boundary that doesn‘t allow to constantly see anew or from a different perspective. Therefore, it is not strange that Rūta‘s creation is so atmospheric and sense based.

Matulevičiūtė‘s paintings give scent of resin, crunches with snow, creeks with branches. There is dramatic tension, uneasy waiting, the unknown. But all of that is followed and surrounded as if in a sphere, by a peculiar and unexpected cosiness. A pictorial harmony is being built of chaos. In a cold coloured painting warmth burns. Everything is subtle, ephemeric, and at the same time – everlasting. This ambivalent effect, perhaps, is created by the author‘s magical realism, full of symbolic accents.

Bambi sticks out his tongue and reminds us about the temporal existence and the illusion of omniscience. But it is not a cynical statement, but rather an encouragement to open the eyes more wide and see the magic in everyday life. This artist follows the holistic views, where everything is one. Seeing her visionary paintings we too without noticing become more sensitive to the environment. In this case – the art and it‘s perception.

Art critic Austėja Mikuckytė-Mateikienė

Publications and video about exhibition:

„Matulevičiūtės (atmo)sferinis miškas“ Austėja Mikuckytė-Mateikienė, „Pašvaistė“ magazine (LT)

„Rūtos Matulevičiūtės sfera – teptukas rankose ir žolė po kojom“, Dominyka Navickaitė, 8diena (LT)

Prof. Arvydas Šaltenis is reading R. Matulevičiūtė’s poetry during the exhibition opening (LT)

„Tapytoja R. Matulevičiūtė: žmogus ir pasaulis yra nedaloma visuma“, Ainė Jacytė, diena.lt (LT)