2021 07 01–08 31
July 17th, 15:00, an afternoon with the author; world famous pianist Petras Geniušas will be performing during the event.
Molėtai Art Gallery, Inturkės str. 4, Molėtai
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 9:00-17:00
The descriptive and suggestive invitation to Kristina Norvilaitė's exhibition "Playing hopscotch" itself gives a reference to the famous Rayuela novel by the Argentinian Julio Cortázar. There are a plenty of associations and parallels between the two works of art. For instance, an unusual structure of Cortazar‘s novel, which allows the reader to choose from a variety of reading options. In the case of K. Norvilaitė, visual structures are especially important and relevant - Kristina could even be defined as one of the most structured Lithuanian artists. Structura is a fundamental category that can describe a lot of things, but in the compositions of K. Norvilaitė,the refined elements of the structure and the musically coordinated interactions become the highlights. Author‘s artifacts are characterized by various and even contradictory types of structures: horizontal, vertical, hierarchical, binary, reticulated... The viewer can only choose and play. Just like in a Cortázar‘s book or a children’s game!
On the other hand, the name of Norvilaitė‘s exhibition and the nature of her creative work presupposes a thought with another literary work - Johan Huizinga‘s Homo Ludens. After noticing that the author‘s work is textual (and even intertextual!) it is important to emphasize it‘s playable nature. The author's work, reproducing the images and combining them into structures are again a reminiscence of a children's game called "Hopscotch". What is the essence of all these games? It is known to be educational, teaching, relaxing, and simply providing aesthetic satisfaction. K. Norvilaitė is a Lithuanian artist whose main creative instrument, media and strategy is linocut. Printing large format or smaller, but still monumental, compositions K. Norvilaitė is relying on the emotional characteristics of colours and drawing with lines. Stylistically it is quite close to neo-pop art aesthetics.
Dr. Vidas Poškus
„I am seeking to find a true childhood story. Our memories usually fail and turns all to dust. I wanted the childhood in my mind not to become a ruin, so I created all this in a rush.
Wandering through these childhood rooms I am opening doors and seeing if all there is left – painful memories? Why are they painful? There were a lot of strange environments, misunderstandings, mockings at kindergarten or school. In my memories there is a lot more! A lot of sky, light and games…“
Artist Kristina Norvilaitė.