The reality of spirits
There are more than ten interpretations of the word “spirit” in the English language. That is both “a part of a human” with opinions, feelings, and character, and the type of your determination — “combative spirit”. Also, there exist the spirit of the community and the spirit of times, as well as “spirits’ in the sense of strong alcohol.
COVID-19 the celebration has to be postponed, however, the quarantine has not become an obstacle for creating an international project with the number of participants that is a record for the gallery — 11. They represent Ukraine, Lithuania, and the USA.
One more representative of the USA is Wing Simpson, and this is his first project in Ukraine. Simpson has created the sculpture “The Spirit of Creation: Inflation”. He has managed to put the ideas about the Big Bang and appearance of the Universe into a ø 30 cm sculpture, which prospectively can be endlessly expanded.
An artist from Lithuania, Severija Inčirauskaitė-Kriaunevičienė, has long been known in Europe for her metal embroidery. She offers the “National Currency” — a bowl with embroidered vegetables made in the colours of the Lithuanian flag. “The Bucket of Light” is a candlestick made of the bucket and sanitary ware, embroidered with flowers. Drilling and welding seem to add importance to cross stitching which is despised by many people as the hobby for old ladies. Household crafts become the embodiment of the spirit coming from the most wretched conditions.
Vladimiras Mackevičius has, vice versa, cemented a real violin to visualize how life circumstances test the spirit, impede and chain. But can they destroy? The artist is sure that no. But you can argue with this solo of a cemented violin.
Linas Liandzbergis and Egle Ridikaite (the laureate of the 2020 National Art Award of Lithuania) presented their painting in the TSEKH in 2009 for the first time. The project Spirits also includes their works. Ridikayte has reproduced the dreams of something that will never happen. Her picture is the view of the Statue of Liberty through a telescope. That is the dedication to her perished friend from the USA. The author intended to visit him, but was late.
Liandzbergis’ treble painting is called “Day Six” and refers us to the Bible to the moment when God created man. Light and darkness split on the first day of the creation of the world get mixed again.
A textile work by Žydrė Ridulytė can become everything you want. That is what it’s called. And it is up to the viewer what spirits will inhabit it. Spirits do not leave one indifferent and invite for cooperation.
The TSEKH gallery was founded in 2005 by Oleksandr Shchelushchenko. This is the only Ukrainian gallery having a branch in the European Union — the space “Tsekh Vilnius” that celebrates its fifth anniversary in 2021.
Over the period of its functioning the TSEKH has participated in 41 international art fairs, it has got collectors in 25 countries. The gallery focuses on working with five own residents, but is also open for cooperation with foreign artists whose works are based on original ideas. The TSEKH positions itself as a gallery of a different reality where content wins over PR.