We get to know new COLLECT exhibitor Art-Cart
Describe your gallery and the artists you represent
Art-Cart is a virtual art gallery that was launched at the end of 2013. There were a number of cultural events, which preceded the establishment of the gallery, starting with a series of contemporary art exhibitions. Our artists cover a wide range of contemporary art, design and craft disciplines and they come from many different, mainly, European countries. However, this year, for COLLECT we have chosen to show four Lithuanian artists who are all prominent figures in the conceptual textile art and furniture design (textile art, in particular, in Lithuania is characterised by current innovative and experimental practices)
Originally you were an online gallery – what are you looking forward to about exhibiting at a physical fair?
The virtual Art-Cart model is free from geographical constraints and allows us to reach large audiences. However, the online experience cannot be compared with that of the real world and this is the reason why we organise exhibitions and take part in art fairs. These opportunities allows the work we show to be fully appreciated – their textures, materiality, the artists’ techniques that complement their ideological content and convey the uniqueness of these objects. I’m particularly looking forward to talking with COLLECT audience and hearing their reactions to the works.
Tell us a bit more about the artists you are bringing
Monika Žaltauskaitė-Grašienė utilizes computerised jacquard weaving techniques in her works. Her pieces convey sensitive observations of human transformations and significant moments of existence as well as investigating semantic meanings of textiles; Severija Inčirauskaitė-Kriaunevičienė uses everyday items and traditional cross-stitching technique to explore notions of beauty, the banal and nostalgia. Loreta Švaikauskienė’s work is more abstract and especially intriguing because each piece is completed by hand. Indra Marcinkevičienė combines textiles with furniture and interior design, always expressing her imaginative play with colours and forms.
How would you describe Lithuanian craft and what are your hopes for exhibiting at COLLECT?
In contemporary Lithuanian craft I would single out the disciplines of glass, ceramics and textile art. Various festivals and cultural events have encouraged the future development of these disciplines. At the moment, Lithuanian craft balances tradition and modernity, where artists are inclined to reinterpret, recontextualise and make traditional techniques and materials relevant as well as searching for connections to new technologies. In this context the most compelling of the crafts, for me, is textile art because it’s free from utilitarian constraints so can encompass conceptual exploration and self-reflection. I believe COLLECT will bring new opportunities for our artists, introducing them to new and inspirational ideas of contemporary craft.
What attracted you to exhibit at COLLECT?
Besides the obvious fact that this fair has been long-established and is well-known around the world, personally, I appreciate the fact that it has its own distinct thematic perspective, which, I believe, makes it unique. For me, it’s important when a work of art combines both the purity of an idea and its precise execution.
Whose work are you looking forward to seeing at COLLECT?
I am partial to Japanese aesthetics and content, so I am glad I will be able to see Ippodo, Yufuku, Katie Jones, Artcourt and other galleries that represent Japanese artists. I will be on the look-out for the works by Katsumi Hayakawa, Yo Akiyama, Hisako Sekijima and Shouchiku Tanabe. I am also interested in new material and technological innovations – it seems that the COLLECT Open programme will be promising in this sense, which I cannot wait to explore and experience.