Kunstnere

Žygimantas Augustinas
Født 1973

Statement:
Žygimantas Augustinas
24.09 - 22.10
KUNSTNERISK forskningsprojekt "PICTURE DEMAND"
Næsten alle offentlige rum er fyldt med billeder af mennesker. Hvis man studerer dem nærmere, vil man opdage, at de oftest lyver om noget. Lyver om lækker mad på kaffebarer, en idyllisk livsstil, illusionen om at politikere ønsker at hjælpe os ... Endvidere: jo bedre de lyver, jo mere vil vi gerne se på dem. Som de fleste mennesker i det moderne samfund, indser vi, at et billede bare er en vag spejling af virkeligheden set fra et bestemt synspunkt. Men vi har brug for disse billeder, og selv billeder, der åbenbart lyver, har en tendens til at blive taget "for givet". Et overraskende paradoksalt træk ved et billede er, at det kan overbevise beskuerne, selvom beskuerne er klar over, at de bliver snydt.
Før i tiden troede folk på videnskabens kraft, og forskellige "videnskabelige" målinger blev taget for givet. Antropometri og craniometry (videnskabelig måling af menneskekroppen og kraniet) blev brugt til at definere forskellige menneskelige kvaliteter.
Hvad ville der ske, hvis jeg anvendte nøjagtige antropometriske målinger på mine malede portrætter? Kan disse målinger sige noget om en person, hvis jeg genskaber dem en til en? Hvordan vil mit selvportræt ændre sig, hvis jeg ændrer på proportionerne af mit kranium i henhold til målingerne af kendte mennesker - eller måske endda efter hverdagens brugsgenstande? Disse overvejelser er kernen i mit projekt kaldet "Picture Demand."

Projektet blev formet under mine studier i forbindelse med min doktorkandidatur på Vilnius Academy of Art med en hjælp af kunsthistoriker GiedRé Mickūnaitė, kunstner Artūras Raila og antropolog Rimantas Jankauskas. Doktorgraden blev forsvaret den 27. november 2015. Og udstillingen i galleri NB er en status på, hvor langt jeg er kommet med projektet.


SOLO SHOWS:
2016 Picture demand, galleri NB, Viborg, Denmark
2015 Vaizdo Poreikis, galerija ‘Akademija’, Vilnius, Lithuania
2015 Jis ir Homo Catinus", ArtVilnius", LITEXPO, Vilnius, Lithuania
2013 Žygimantas Augustinas. Tapyba 2000-2013, "Juškaus" galerija, Vilnius, Lithuania
2012 In the XX century, Gallery NB, Viborg (Denmark)
2012 LT00PAINTING, Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2012 Contemporary Drawing Biennial, Namur (Belgium)
2012 ‘In the XX Century’, Vilnius Academy of Art Gallery, Vilnius
2009 ‘Extreme Sports 3000', Lietuvos Aidas Gallery, Vilnius
2008 ‘Human Body: Sign and Landscape’, Vilnius Academy of Art Gallery, Vilnius
2007 ‘Augustinas in Klaipeda’, Klaipėda Cultural Communication Centre, Klaipeda
2006 ‘Man as a Sign', Lietuvos Aidas Gallery, Vilnius
2005 ‘Zygimantas Augustinas: Recent works’, Fraser Gallery, Washington DC
2005 ‘After … II/ people', Lietuvos Aidas Gallery, Vilnius
2004 ‘After New York I/ drawings', Lietuvos Aidas Gallery, Vilnius
2003 ‘Social Portrait', Lietuvos Aidas Gallery, Vilnius
2002 ‘Paintings and Etchings’, Klaipėda Gallery, Klaipeda
2001 ‘Paintings and Etchings’, Lietuvos Aidas Gallery, Vilnius

MAIN GROUP SHOWS:
2012 ‘Contemporary Drawing Bienniale', Namur (Belgium)
2012 ‘How did I Get Here’, Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2012 "ArtVilnius", LITEXPO, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2012 "Drawing 2012", ‘Arka’ gallery, Vilnius
2011 "XIV INTERBIFEP" Contemporary Portrait Gallery, Tuzla, Bosna i Hercegovina
2011 "ArtVilnius", LITEXPO, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2011 ‘Behind the White Curtain’ project by Darius Miksys, Venice Biennial, Venice (Italy)
2011 ‘Contexts of Graphic Art. DECLARATION’, Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2011 "Three Worlds in One", Klaipėda Exhibition Hall, Klaipėda (Lithuania)
2010 "Contemporary Painting. PostEvoliution", Klaipėda Exhibition Hall, Klaipėda (Lithuania)
2010 "Imaginary Stories", Manor "Užutrakis", Trakai (Lithuania)
2010 "Drawing 2010", ‘Arka’ gallery, Vilnius
2009 "Art Permanence Rule", Eskilstuna Art Museum, (Sweden)
2009 Project "Millenium", gallery "Kunstpakhuset", Ikast (Denmark)
2009 Malta Arts Festival "the Life Model", Valetta (Malta)
2009 "Changing Attitude 180 degree", Klaipėda Exhibition Hall, Klaipėda (Lithuania)
2009 "ArtVilnius", LITEXPO, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2009 Š. Sauka, P. Juška, Ž. Augustinas, Old Town Art Gallery/Studio, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2009 2nd Quadrennial of Contemporary Art, LITEXPO, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2008 ‘The 9th Baltic States Biennale of Graphic Art’, Kaliningrad State Art Gallery, Kaliningrad (Russia)
2008 ‘Young Lithuanian Painters’, Artists Society gallery, Ryga (Latvia)
2008 ‘From Rainy Country’, G. Gounaro museum, Athens (Greece)
2007 ‘XIII International Lithuanian Painting Triennial’, Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2006 Mystery Postcard’, National Portrait Gallery, London (UK)
2004 ‘XII International Lithuanian Painting Triennial’, Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius (prize) (Lithuania)
2004 ‘47 th Annual International SDAI exhibition’, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego (USA)
2004 ‘Contemporary Figurative painting’, Fraser Gallery, Washington (USA)
2003 ‘Portraits Real & Unreal’, The Stage Gallery, New York (USA)
2002 ‘BP Portrait Award’, National Portrait Gallery, London (prize) (UK)
2002 ‘BP Portrait Award 2002’, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen (UK)
2001 ‘ArtLink@Sotheby’s Young Art Program’, Tel Aviv, New York (USA)
2001 ‘ArtLink@Sotheby’s Young Art Program’, Tel Aviv (Israel)
2000 ‘Tradition and Future’, Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2000 ‘Soho International Art Competition’, Agora Gallery, New York (one of the winners) (USA)
2000 ‘Georgetown Annual International Fine Arts Competition’, Fraser Gallery, Washington (prize) (USA)
1999 ‘The Dark Side’, Agora Gallery, New York (USA)
1998 ‘3rd International Biennial of Small Form Graphic’, Arka Gallery, Vilnius (Lithuania)
1997 ‘5 Lithuanian Graphic Exhibition ‘Tradition and Experiment’, Town Hall, Vilnius (Lithuania)

AWARDS:
2008 Lithuanian Ministry of Culture Scholarship
2005 Prize for the best debut in professional Art by Lithuanian Ministry of Culture
2004 Prize in ‘XII International Lithuanian Painting Triennial’, Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius
2003 Lithuanian Ministry of Culture Scholarship
2002 BP Portrait Award second prize, National Portrait Gallery, London
2002 Elizabeth Greenshield Foundation Scholarship
2001 ASCR scholarship for studies at Florence Art Academy
2000 Third Prize in ‘The Year 2000 Georgetown Annual International Fine Arts Competition’, Washington
2000 Paul Soldner Scholarship
2000 Joanne & Lee Lyons International Scholarship Fund scholarships for Anderson Ranch Arts Center
1994 Journey to Italy for the best masters of drawing at Vilnius Academy of Art

EDUCATION:
1991/98 Studied at Vilnius Academy of Art
1991/93 Design speciality
1993/98 Printmaking speciality
1996 BFA degree (Printmaking, etching)
1998 MFA degree (Printmaking, etching)
2000 Joe Santore’s (New York) workshop at Anderson Ranch Arts Center
2001 Figurative painting at Florence Academy of Art (summer session)
2003-2004 Studies at the Art Student’s League of New York
2005-2008 Postgraduate Studies at Vilnius Academy of Art