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Exhibition of Art Glass Works “POETRY OF LIGHT” by Indre Stulgaite-Kriukiene and Remigijus Kriukas

2014 February 21 @ 17:00 - 2014 April 12 @ 12:00

Opening reception: 5:00 p.m., Friday, February 21, 2014  at Janina Monkute-Marks Museum-Gallery

Closing date: April 12, 2014.

INDRE STULGAITE-KRIUKIENE

2001-2005 – Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts, Kaunas Art Faculty. Department of Glass. Bachelor’s Degree.

2005-2007 – Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts, Kaunas Art Faculty. Department of Glass. Master‘s Degree. 

2007-2009 – Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts. The third level university studies in art (art licentiate studies). Art Licenciate Degree.

From 2009 member of Lithuania Artist‘s Union.

Since 2002 has been taking an active part in exhibitions, symposiums, festivals, competitions in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Germany, Finland, Denmark, Netherlands, Czech republic, France, Luxembourg, Norway and other countries.

2013 – Honorary member of the Russian Academy of Arts.

Copyrighted creations of artistic glass of Indre Stulgaite – Kriukiene have been acquired by Lviv Art Museum (the Ukraine), Evald Okas Museum (Haapsalu, Estonia), the Finnish Glass Museum (Riihimäki, Finland), Russian Decorative-Applied and Folk Art Museum (Moscow, Russia), and Glass and Crystal Museum (Nikolsky, Penza Region, Russia). Some of them have been purchased by private collectors from Belgium, Hong Kong, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Finland.

She works as a designer in the artistic glass studio Glasremis in Panevezys, Lithuania.

Indre Stulgaite – Kriukiene is an artist of sharp thinking. Her artistic language is metaphoric. The artist has created the conception of the world of glass, and her creations reflect wise simplicity and reticence.

The topics of Indre Stulgaite-Kriukiene’s creations are human and universally understandable. Most forms created by the artist are those of ships and buildings. Both of these forms are used as symbols that are interpreted in a different way by different people. A ship is freedom, journey, dreams. A building is not a specific object; it is more like spirits lingering about in it.  The artist jokes that every person intuitively recognises his or her house.

Art comes from the artist’s inside. The idea is matured in the mind for a long time. First, the conception is considered, the idea is consummated in the artist’s mind, and only then she undertakes the work. It is the technological process that determines the time needed to complete the creation. The form of the creation is very important, as it speaks the language of symbol. Sometimes colours are invoked, which create a mystique and often express more than words.

The young artist does not chase fashion trends shaped by our national art critics. She creates what is dear to her. She is sure that the mission of art is aesthetic, i.e. it is to provide joy for people,   ennoble them and not shock or overwhelm. The easy way is to create from “emptiness”. Alas, such works are of poor quality and short-term.

Glass came into Indre’s life quite naturally. In her childhood she enjoyed drawing, and when she started her studies at the Academy of Arts, it didn’t take her long to decide what to choose. Glass enchanted her by its versatility and properties. 

“Glass is a live organism, and its optical properties most fascinate me. The same work of art may be seen in a different way. It depends on the angle you look at it, – says Indre, whose touch is already being recognised by the fans of glass art. – Texture in glass is the image of our family. I find it beautiful when during technological processes the surface of glass becomes kind of porous. I produce this effect by pouring hot glass into a form in the soil and combine the texture with polished surface.  I am still in the process of discovering myself and I am looking for more interesting ways of self-expression”.

In 2013 only, Indre and her husband Remigijus Kriukas, also a glass artist, held as many as nine personal exhibitions in different countries and continents, and participated in a number of art symposium. The creators were granted the titles of Honorary Members of the Russian Academy of Arts.

Produced by Asta Fedaraviciute-Jasiune
Curator of Janina Monkute-Marks Museum

 REMIGIJUS KRIUKAS

In 1985 graduated from Lithuanian State Institute of Fine Arts, acquired speciality of glass artist and started working at JSC “Panevėžio stiklas”. From 1993 to 2000 worked as a designer in a workshop of glass design.

In 2000 he founded his own studio of glass design in Panevėžys where he now creates.

Since 1985 he has been taking an active part in exhibitions in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Russia, the Ukraine, Bulgaria, Luxembourg, Germany, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, the USA and other countries as well as in creative symposia in Lithuania, Latvia, Rusia, Estonia, Ukraine, Czechia, Hungary, Germany, Slovakia.

At the symposium in Bardudvarnok, Hungary in 1993 his work was recognized as the best.

2009 – winner in the exhibition “Art Day in Panevezys 2009” in nomination “For the creative maturity”.

At the symposium in Lviv, Ukraine in 2010 awarded with silver medal of Ukraine National Art Academy for creative achievements.

2011 – was elected “The man of  the year of Panevėžys ” for the significant increase in export, an impressive art exhibitions, permanent  art expositions and active participation in representing Panevezys art and business ant/ionally and abroad.”

2012 – Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the All-Russian Decorative-Applied and Folk Art Museum diploma “For the modern visual solution”.

2013 – Honorary member of the Russian Academy of Arts.

Remigijus Kriukas beganhis creative work in 1985 in Panevėžys, after he gratuated from the Lithuanian State Institute of Art. From 1993 to 2000 he worked as a designer in the Panevėžio Stiklas enterprise (glass factory).

However, his truly creative activity began in 2000, when he established his personal glass studio Glasremis. By that time he had accumulated practical experience working with glass, and had become acquainted with the creations of world glass artists (in 1993 R. Kriukas worked in glass studijos in the Bornholm island in Denmark and exchanged experience with local artists). As he mastered various techniques of glass art and discovered the nature of this material, R. Kriukas began the creative exploration of his own ‘self’. The artist concentrated on creative work with optical glass. It is a unique material, dealing with which requires a high degree of abstraction and opens a wide range of associations. Its expressiveness is defined by concepts such as characters and symbols. Physical features such as refraction, reflection and diffraction of light allow the artist to express the multiple relationships between the object of art and the environment. At the same time, the object has an inner space, determined by its shape, colour and light.

R. Kriukas’ creative style is determined by the overlap of a rational designer-type of thinking and a decorative vision of the material. The names of his art creations reflect the conceptuality of the author. It is hard to describe R. Kriukas’ creations, but they have a strong effect on the emotions, because they have an inbuilt state of mind, containing magic, secrets, reality and illusions, thus creating the sense of in-depth relationships. R. Kriukas creates visually exclusive art objects. The proportions of the shapes used in his optical plastics could be compared to modern architecture – both in terms of their weight and volume ratio and their succession of surfaces and lines – this is the reason why his works are so monumental, even those of modest size. 

Glass plastics of R. Kriukas’ sculptures reveal the world of human emotions, encompassing what he has seen and experienced. There is an enchanting variety of themes and ideas implemented with the help of optics, plastics, volumes and colours. The transparency of ground glass and the effects of light generate an immense energy which takes over the space. Unlimited transformations of forms and the possibility of extending space with the amazing beauty of the material create an atmosphere of extraordinary emotional tension.

Special attention should be paid to the way R. Kriukas models the inner space with its metamorphoses, illusionary lights, vibrations of colour and natural rhythm, which virtually pulls the viewer’s gaze towards the glass block. The edge, the rim of the form, an exact graphic line determines the beauty and perfection of the proportion of silhouette and form. Every angle of observation reveals a new optical transformation. At first glance the form is absolutely transparent, and then miniature coloured forms appear unexpectedly on the inside – new surfaces, lights and flashes of colour – in brief, a dynamic multi-dimensional enrichment of form suddenly takes place. The combination of cold glass processing (cutting, grinding, polishing) with hot glass casting that creates a plastic texture of decoration, fusion of glass and metal or stone allows the author to reveal different features of the material and to draw the limits for different means of expression.

It could be said that over the years the distinct artistic individuality of R. Kriukas has matured and a unique creative style has been developed.

Dr. Liudmila Kazakova,
Member-Correspondent of the Russian Academy of Arts (RAA),
Leading research associate at the Institute of Art Theory and History at the RAA.