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. Šarūnas Sauka. Creek. III. 1989. Drb., al. / . Oil on canvas. 150 x 150 cm. Privati nuos. / Private collection
Philosopher and art researcher Algis Uždavinys perceived the apothesis of the tragic and complicated 20th century, the end of classical metaphysics in the painting of Šarūnas Sauka. He wrote that “With a spiritual and metaphysical view, or in other words, with the relevance and size of the problems, intuitions or associations that are raised, Sauka’s work surpasses the narrow limits of national culture, becoming not only a story about our country, our eternal disease, but a symbol of the tragic fate of the whole of Christian civilization.
[…] He emphasizes precisely a material and bodily reality in his figure compositions, deforming them and turning them into a space of illogical communication. In essence it is the same space where the characters of Classical, Renaissance, Baroque and academic painting lived. It is still filled with polyphony and exotic attributes that are characteristic of opera, however its allegories have been unmasked. A new myth is being weaved out of old threads, where distortion full of wonder is treated as a sign of everydayness and an unwritten law.
Formally Sauka the artist stands on the side of tradition, though his artistic thought is influenced by the most horrendous surrealistic experience that was bestowed upon us by the 20th century”. (Dichavičius R. (compiler). Šarūnas Sauka. Vilnius: Maldis, 2001, p. 10-13.).
Artwork prepared by Monika Žaltauskaitė-Grašienė.