The Lithuanian artist Andrius Kviliunas (1972) became interested in the possibilities of video arts while studying in Vilnius Art Academy, painting department. The first video installations THE REFLECTION OF DRIFT (1997) and CONFESSIONAL (1998) determined the deserved recognition of the author.
These works of A.K. are valuable first of all because of their distinctive, suggestive cathartic effect, which is determined by the lucid unity of form and content and also by je ne sais qui (uncertainty), it means - by the qualities, specific exceptionally to real works of art, which makes these works of art unforgettable, unlike anything else.
So today, when in the Gallery of St. Jonas Street in Vilnius we can see for the first time all review of A.K. visual works assembled in one place, the artistic society can rightly hope to experience unseen visual adventure. These hopes are not in vain. More than 40 exhibitions in several Lithuanian and European cities where A.K. was exhibiting since 1993, strongly suggests, that the author is one of the most brilliant and distinctive artist now creating in the field of video art in Lithuania.
During the last decade of the last century the number of various artists were trying their lucks in video arts, but probably only A.K. was explicating his searches so consistently and, in spite of variable success - nereikia HE insistently continues his experiments and researches. The faithfulness of A.K.to his way of _expression is worth discussion for the few reasons.
Because of non existing worthy contemporary art market in Lithuania, and also because of specific origin of visual art, (according to mentality of Lithuanian farmer or even homo soveticus it is unimaginable and doubtfully will be imaginable the idea of purchasing something, what you can copy free), the creating of this sort of art finds itself at the edge of the private leisure spending form. The spur to continue the march of oeuvre comes from commitment, romanticism, idealism or illusion - all antique equipment of DonQuixote’s inspirations. But what separates (or used to separate) the artistic creative work from other spheres of human activities, is - that sometimes, in a very rare occasions - it is the condition of artist’s existence itself.
Does the creative work of A.K. is the reason of his existence? The answer is hidden in the creations and there you have to look for it. The visual grammar of A.K., the way he builds his visual text and the content of the visual message he is transmitting to the conceiver - I want to concentrate my and viewer’s attention on. (these things ištrinti) The analysis of these complicated narrative and formal elements would allow to find at least the conventional answers to the questions above and also recognize the real values of A.K. pieces of art, or to describe the hand of their creator. To find out these values you do not need any special knowledge or any esoteric insight, because the creations are not hermetical. Opposite - they are clear and transparent, in other words - sincere and open to the viewer (sometimes to the point of pain). This candour is the genuine value of these art objects.
Personal and intimate confrontation with the beauty and sores of the world as well as human being eliminates the cold rationality or non - obligatory intellectual game between The Author and The Viewer (”The Fall” 2000, “Me” 2003, “The Dusk” 2005). The themes of war, isolation, love, limits of knowledge, safety, fatality of human existence, doomsday - when spoken by A.K., sounds suggestible and original. The utopian ideas of personal fate, privacy, autonomy fall apart like a sand castles on the stormy beach.
The impossibility, pain and horror of existence of separate, imprisoned in himself human being, the dramatic and comic of separation (”Isolated” 2001) are the strings joining this piece of art with the traditions of European literature. The author melts G.Grass’s “The Tin Drum” and his own visual text into new quality and this is a perfect example of the method, with the help of which A.K. establishes the universality of his art.
The ambitions to create the art of high standard, inter-text, to synthesize cultural layers of different origin, different media (visual art, literature, music, television, net art) are surprising, because AK, otherwise than the world known Grands of video art as Godfrey Regio, Bill Viola (leave alone the global possibilities of film industry) doesn’t dispose of the team of producers, cameramen, gaffers, video-engineers, editors, sound editors - far from that, he himself is doing everything. That rather demands the qualities of Renaissance personality.
The character, acting in A.K. visual world forces us to recall other heros of long lasting history of painting and literature: A.Watteu “Gilles”, F. Kafka’s Josef K. - outsiders and supermen, mischievous fake patients, secret saints. The dreams of A.K. are not temporary, fragmental, soon passing psycho states. These dreams can’t leave us indifferent, because if we give them more close look, we would recognize ourselves.
1972 Lithuania, Panevezys
Lives and works in Panevezys
1991-1997 Vilnius Academy of Arts, Department of painting
2013 Still story, Gallery XX, Panevezys
2013 ‘’Still story’’, Pamenkalnis Gallery, Vilnius
2013 So far so good, Galeryy XX, Panevezys
2011 Schuster Gallerie, Video Space, Miami
2010 ‘’Before the Last Supper’’, Gallery XX, Panevezys
2010 ‘’Denkmal für unbekantem Künstler’’, Inerventions Raum, Stuttgart
2009 Schuster Gallery, Video Space, Berlin
2009 Video Works Review in JMVAC (Jonas Mekas Visual Art Centre), Vilnius
2007 Lost Paradise, Gallery XX, Panevezys
2006 Dawn, St. John street gallery, Vilnius
2005m. AK 2003-2005 studio – gallery “D’arijaus papuošalai” , Vilnius
2003 AK 2002-03
2002 Corridors, gallery XX, Panevezys
2000 Passers, gallery XX, Panevezys
1998 Confessional, gallery XX, Panevezys,
2014 Aukstaitija Art Days, Panevezys City Gallery
2013 Group exhibicion, Gallery XX, Panevezys
2011 ART Vilnius’ 11, Vilnius
2012 Aukstaitija Art Days, Panevezys City Gallery
2010 Contemporary Art From Lithuania, European Central Bank, Frankfut,
2009 ART Vilnius’ 09, Vilnius Lithuania
2009 The 2nd Quadrennial of Lithuanian Art, The Lithuanian Exhibition and convencion Centre, Vilnius
Lithuanian art: Panevezys. National Historical and Art Museum of Kaliningrad, Russia
Lithuanian Artists’ Associaciation – 40, Gallery Arka, Vilnius
‘’Niir’’ , Jonas Mekas Visual Art Center, Vilnius
Lithuanians – Polish Video Art Excibition, Klaipeda
International performance festival 'Dimension 0', Trade union club 'Moulin Rouge'
Outlines of Experience, Vilnius
Weathering, Klaipeda Exhibition Palace. Klaipeda
Neopop-Art in Lithuanian, Gallery 'Intro', Vilnius
‘’Double Game’’, Gallery 'Vartai', Vilnius
Art of Aukstaitija 2005, “Gallery XX”, Panevezys
K- Jazz festival, Vilnius
Homo Eraticus, Vilnius Old Town Space, Vilnius, Lithuania; Klaipeda Art Gallery, Klaipeda
N+1, Vilnius Old Town Space, Vilnius
THE BEST OF THE BEST OF ALL OF US, Siauliai Art Gallery,Siauliai
A. Moncys days, A.Moncys House-Museum, Palanga
Restarable Memory, Gallery 'Vartai', Vilnius
Panevezys Plein Air 'Paistrys'04' in memory of J. Zikaras, gallery XX, Panevezys
Panevezys people in Kaunas, Gallery Art Park, Kaunas
Project 'Biggest gallery' in Vilnius Local Administration, Konstitution Avenue3; A. Moncys House-Museum presents 'Photo in the Interior
A. Moncys days, A.Moncys House-Museum, Palanga, Lithuania
Aquarium-2, Baroti gallery, Klaipeda
YM, Siauliai Art Gallery, Siauliai
Fears-Part 2, gallery Arka, Vilnius
Relatively Safe Places, Panevezys Art Gallery ,Panevezys
Fears-Part 1, Siauliai Art Gallery, Siauliai
Heads, Kaunas Picture Gallery, Kaunas
Fears, A.Moncys House-Museum, Palanga
Panevezys Art Days 2001, Panevezys
You May Come Later, gallery of Stuttgart Art Academy, Stuttgart
Sound+Image/3 Voices, Panevezys Art Gallery,Panevezys, Vilnius
’’Heads’’ Gallery XX, Panevezys
Video Art show to condemn Vilnius Bank, Gallery XX, Panevezys
Sound+Image2, Siauliai Art Gallery, Siauliai
Sound+Image Laboratory, Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius
Performance 'From the Idea' Gallery XX, Panevezys
Art Genda 98, Stockholm
Great Exhibition of Dusseldorf 97Dusseldorf
200 Years to Painting Department, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius
Unwanted, Art League, Vilnius
Group show, Art League, Vilnius
Forward-Back, HDK gallery, Berlin
Concept-Fact, Kaunas Picture Gallery, Kaunas
From the Academy, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius