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Internationally renowned works by L. Oržekauskienė-Ore at the contemporary art fair ARTVILNIUS'15

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In the art world today there are many contemporary artists, who constantly reflect on the notion of materiality as well as discover and use different techniques. This creative trajectory is noticeable in textiles as well. Reflections on materiality, the cultural and semiotic meanings of textile are all characteristic of the contemporary Lithuanian textile art and one of it’s most renowned artists – Laima Oržekauskienė-Ore. Local recognition (in 2005 she received the Lithuanian National Prize) as well as international interest confirms the relevance of her works: her pieces have been acquired by various art institutions, exhibited in shows abroad and recently L. Oržekauskienė-Ore was invited to take part in an important international exhibition at Manchester’s Whitworth Art Gallery that examines the medium of textile in contemporary art. Here, alongside Oržekauskienė-Ore, works by such famous artists as Claes Oldenburg, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Faith Wilding, Louise Bourgeois, Grayson Perry, Tracey Emin, Mary Sibande and Ghada Amer will be shown. From 25th to 28th June, 2015 the visitors to the contemporary art fair ARTVILNIUS'15 will have the opportunity to see new works by the artist.

The role of L. Oržekauskienė-Ore is significant in both, the wider Lithuanian art as well as contemporary conceptual textile contexts. Her management at the Textiles Department, Kaunas Faculty of the Vilnius Academy of Arts is associated with the start of a major change in the understanding of textiles as a conceptual art form and the formation of a new generation of textile artists. From the very beginning the artist started to explore the origins, symbolism, traditional forms and semiotic meanings of textiles, she searched for a distinctive individual style and parallel to this in her works delved deeper into the search for temporality, domesticity, everyday life, metaphysical reality, female identity and experience. In her works and concepts Oržekauskienė-Ore always remains loyal to the idea of the reality of everyday life and its documentation, as well as textile medium, its processes and traditions by stating that universal experiences are encoded in textiles. According to the art critic Rasa Žukienė, “Through her works she has confirmed the creative combination of classical and avant-garde textile principles, created meaningful links between process and intellect, and not even for one minute forgetting the female traditions of textiles, she waded into the contemporary art river”.

In her latest works (series “Dedication to Father. Vilnius City Hospital. The Slip No. 1”, 2012-2013; “Sitting. Watching.”, 2015; “Returning. Parting.”, 2015) the artist speaks of illness, old age, death and reflects on the transience of being. The series “Dedication to Father.”, which was last shown at “The Shroud of Time” exhibition (in Guimarães (Portugal) and Kaunas Picture Gallery, curators: Virginija Vitkienė and Neringa Stoškutė), has been noticed by the well-known British curator and art critic Jennifer Harris. These works will be included in the upcoming international exhibition entitled “Extra/Ordinary: Art and Textiles since 1960”, which will mark the opening of new spaces at Manchester’s Whitworth Art Gallery. With this exhibition Harris aims to demonstrate how the medium of textiles has been and is appropriated by different artists in their works, to investigate its material properties and the wide spectrum of meanings – its relationship to human body, sexuality, feminist and postcolonial ideals. According to Harris, the series by the Lithuanian artist will be a significant addition to the exhibition because “the works by Oržekauskienė-Ore exemplify cloth’s ability to express ideas about human emotions such as grief, memory, longing and loss”.

The works by Oržekauskienė-Ore at the art fair ARTVILNIUS'15 will be presented by the contemporary art platform ART-CART, which internationally showcases and sells works by Lithuanian and foreign artists. Recently ART-CART participated at the international art fair for contemporary objects “COLLECT” (Saatchi Gallery, London, organized by the British Crafts Council) where it also presented a collection of works by well-known Lithuanian textile artists. The director of the platform Ana Čižauskienė reveals that their latest participation was a particular success – the stand attracted the attention of the British media, museum curators and art critics: “We clearly felt that contemporary Lithuanian textile art is also relevant on an international level, as it is distinctive in its individual understanding of the medium of textiles, its characteristics of self-reflection and the conceptualisation of the medium and technique. Many of the art critics, who have visited the art fair, recognized Lithuanian textile artists’ work from international exhibitions in Great Britain and other countries. However, in the contemporary Lithuanian art market the art of textiles is not so well recognized, considered to be out-dated and cliché in the opinion of both buyers and other opinion-formers. We are delighted to present works by the prominent artist Laima Oržekauskienė-Ore in the context of international visual art at the ARTVILNIUS'15 art fair.”

The international contemporary art fair ARTVILNIUS'15 will take place from 25th to 28th June, 2015 at the Exhibition and Congress Centre “Litexpo”, Vilnius, Lithuania.
The opening hours of the fair:
25th June, 2015 (Thursday) 3pm – 8pm
26th June, 2015 (Friday) 11.30am – 8pm
27th June, 2015 (Saturday) 11.30am – 8pm
28th June, 2015 (Sunday) 11.30am – 5pm

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