Editorial, Vilnius x Drifts, Vilnius

Vika Prokopaviciute, Morta Jonynaitė

“What can be done? How can two flat pieces joined together in four places accommodate a grown woman’s torso, not at all flat, and with arms often in motion?”
– Anne Boyer, Garments Against Women, 2015

 

Textile is not only garments – it is space, it is labor, it is meditation, it is history (of oppression and hideaway), it is sculpture. For the “Dialogue” section at “Artorama”, “Editorial” and “Drifts” galleries will present selected works by two younger generation artists – Vika Prokopaviciute (AT) and Morta Jonynaitė (LT) – which employ textile both as a medium and as a certain kind of logic. Weaving, knitting, folding, ironing become a way to tell intimate stories or building spaces or creating movements on a painterly surface.

 

Vienna-based artist Vika Prokopaviciute “weaves” her paintings into dizzying patterns that sometimes resemble close-ups of folds, textures or endless mesh. She laboriously plays with details, layers and repetitions in order to create spatial and even sculptural qualities of the paintings. Through media-based artistry and recurring patterns and elements that travel from one painting to another, the artist constructs her internal logic structure as if building a language that the viewer needs to learn over time.

 

By exploring the environment through tactility, Morta Jonynaitė tries to grasp different phenomena using traditional textile techniques. Hand weaving and knotting are archaic crafts with a clear grid, which she employs to weave stories that capture the present. Often presenting her work in the form of installation, she constructs intimate spaces where relationships between different experiences and participants are interconnected. Seemingly fragile and ephemeral pieces contain explosive charge of suppressed desires, sexuality, envy and shame.

 

https://www.editorial.lt/

https://www.driftsgallery.com/

 

 

Vika Prokopaviciute

Vortex Left (2024)
Oil and acrylics on linen
200 x 130 cm
Vortex Right (2023)
Oil and acrylics on linen
200 x 130 cm
Courtesy the artist and Editorial

Price on request

Vika Prokopaviciute

Open, Away (2023)
Oil and acrylics on linen
80 x 50 cm
Courtesy the artist and Editorial

Price on request

Vika Prokopaviciute

Open, Above (2023)
Oil and acrylics on linen
80 x 50 cm
Courtesy the artist and Editorial

Price on request

Morta Jonynaitė

Square Root (2022)
Belgian lace, sewing, knotting, metal construction
185 x 70 x 23 cm
Courtesy the artist and Drifts

Price on request

Morta Jonynaitė

Lump nr 1 (2022)
Belgian lace
32 x 20 cm
Courtesy the artist and Drifts

Price on request