REWIND HISTORY is a series of artworks that questions the understanding of textile as a genre of reproduction that has been formed in art history. The series was exhibited in Kaunas biennial exhibition Rewind History curated by Rasa Andriušytė-Žukienė. The curator highlighted the aspect of reproduction (which is inseparable from both the history of tapestry in Western Europe from the 17th century to the 20th century and Jacquard weaving technology) as the foundation of creative interpretations at the exhibition. She asked textile artists that are currently active what Lithuanian artists and works have had an impact on their creative decisions, or are simply remarkable or had become visual icons. She selected a collection from the works mentioned by the artists, which then became a subjective (textile) Lithuanian art history of the 20th and 21st century.
The artworks were shown in Kaunas Biennial in 2011, at Estonian Museums of Applied Art and Design, the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza (Portugal).
The artwork. PRANAS GRIUŠYS. Trivial Plot. 2000. Oil on canvas. 106 x 136 cm. Property of author. Painter Pranas Griušys (1955) feels benevolence toward history and old masters, but he is inclined to look at classical painting from a postmodern perspective, one influenced by everyday events and photography as media. His work is a kind of “game of imitation”. Classical painting becomes and openly “directed” remembrance of the original in his work, a repetition that is courageously added to with motifs of the present. Ancient artifacts are important to him in two ways: as a testimony to a harmonious past and material and media for an art of the present that can be freely manipulated, striving to express his idea.
The large format painting “Trivial Plot” was created by Pranas Griušys using black and white photography from the beginning of the 20th century.
The artwork was prepared by Monika Žaltauskaitė-Grašienė.