Art in General is pleased to present The Picnic, a solo exhibition by Lithuanian artist Antanas Gerlikas, on view at Art in General’s Musée Minuscule from September 21 – October 19, 2013. The Picnic marks the first exhibition in a yearlong curatorial residency with The Gardens, a space for exhibitions located in Vilnius, Lithuania.
The Picnic stems from a double source – modernist imagination and labor. Gerlikas employs the most traditional materials of modern sculpture, wood and brass, which require specific knowledge and meticulous hand production even if the three pieces obdurately resemble found objects, either from nature or distant cultures. The artworks in the exhibition travel through time, encompassing Brancusi-like forms and futuristic velocity of thought and movement that only a sculptor can dream.
The Picnic verges on the quotidian – be it a musical instrument, a stick, or a signature – the pieces hinting at their resemblance to existing prototypes in the world. It is a collection of quasi-objects, which as French philosopher Michel Serres asserts are not quite natural, nor quite social. “As if though I would be carving a chair and would make a move, a slight change in the direction of producing it, and in the end it would be a chair and at the same time something else,” says Gerlikas. An artist attempts to craft objects, which would not exist in a world before. Though the very instant that an object comes into sight, it bears a meaning and a function. Imagine a strange object found in an archeological expedition, instantly brought back to life because someone names its technology and recalls what it is. With The Picnic Gerlikas welcomes a viewer for meeting, sharing and noncommittal socializing while recognizing the objects on a black table and next to it as an exercise or a technique for keeping an individual memory inscribed and passed over.
Antanas Gerlikas (b. 1978) is an artist living and working in Vilnius, Lithuania. He studied Fine Glass and later sculpture at Vilnius Academy of Arts. Recent exhibitions and projects include: Waif Shadow, Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp, Belgium (2013), Project 35: Volume 2, Art Gallery of Windsor, Ontario, Canada (2013), Audit, CAC, Vilnius, Lithuania (2012), The Museum Problem, Frutta Gallery, Roma, Italy (2012).
The Gardens is a project space founded by two curators Inesa Pavlovskaite and Gerda Paliusyte in Vilnius, Lithuania and dedicated to the practice and dissemination of Lithuanian contemporary art in Lithuania and abroad. The Gardens is mainly working with the younger generation of artists but also organizes cross-generational projects as well as programs concerts and screenings in the premises of Vilnius planetarium where it is originally located.
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The New Commissions Program is made possible by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services; Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; Trust for Mutual Understanding; National Endowment for the Arts; Jerome Foundation; and Affirmation Arts Fund. Support has also been provided by Commissioners’ Circle leaders Jeffery Larsen and Joseph Bolduc; Commissioners’ Circle supporters Sandra Ho and Jang Kim, and Cher Lewis, and Commissioners’ Circle members Roya Khadjavi Heidari, Sean Johnson, Mary Lapides, Leslie Ruff, Steve Shane, Joyce Siegel, and Jeremy E. Steinke.