Glass Art Exhibition “BETWEEN SKY AND EARTH” by Indre Stulgaite-Kriukiene and Remigijus Kriukas
2017 November 24 @ 17:00 - 2018 January 6 @ 12:00
On November 24, 2017, an art glass exhibition “BetweenSky and Earth” was opened in Kedainiai, at Janina Monkute-Marks Museum-Gallery. For the first time in the history of the Museum, an impressive Exhibition opening ceremony took place in an open air, at the main entrance to the Museum.
The authors of the Exhibition Indre Stulgaite-Kriukiene and Remigijus Kriukas have been working with glass for several decades. The artists together organize personal exhibitions and participate in joint glass art exhibitions, projects, and art glass symposia. Currently, both artists live and create in Panevezys, Art Glass Studio “Glasremis” (www.glasremis.lt) founded in 2000 by Remigijus Kriukas.
Glass is a versatile, multifaceted matter containing a mysterious, additional dimension – transparency, optics; it enchants and attracts with an illusion, telling more than it is possible to say in words. This exceptionally specific area with a lot of technological features – not to mention the fact that glass is a particularly delicate matter – joins and unites the two creators but also differentiates them as they both have a different, distinctive style, a unique creative experience and speak different ways in the creative language. By implementing their creative ideas, the artists constantly experiment, delve into the technological peculiarities and try to make optimal use of the possibilities of this exceptional material.
Remigijus likes bigger dimensions, uses self-specific, personal techniques, combines the details molded in some kind of way with a transparent, optical glass and creates a rather distinctive and interesting style. The author combines optical glass with a sheet, cut and polished glass. This is a personal style that has already been formed and admired by glass art lovers. The artist often balances at the limits of technological possibilities; between something that is possible and impossible. This in particular surprises glass art connoisseurs; huge sculptures made using a hot free-form method looks like they go beyond all the imaginary limits of possibilities. The artist prefers the following technologies: molding of glass, hot glass forming, blowing and glass combinations with stone or metal.
Indre’s works are smaller in size. Emphasis is placed not only on the aesthetic aspect of the work but also on its existential ideas. An emotional expression of the creation is important for the author. Her works have many symbolic forms well-recognizable for the viewer (house, ship, human silhouette, etc.), thus aiming at touching the soul of the viewer, and at encouraging them to stop and think. In recent years, the field of the artist’s interests has expanded to additional glass concepts: sound, technological processes, even specific scent of glass. All this becomes a work of art, when the viewer perceives the work in several different senses – smell, sight, hearing, and even the vestibular apparatus. Favorite technology is hot-glass molding, as well as grinding, polishing of glass and its combinations with other materials – wood, stone, or metal.
The viewers of the Exhibition will be welcomed not only by separate sculptures of the authors from the recent years but also by the installation “4 Days in Mars”, which was awarded by the commission and received a lot of positive evaluations from the viewers at the international art fair “ArtVilnius17”. The authors invite the viewer to opt for the thoughts “Between Sky and Earth” by selecting the works disclosing “earthly” and “cosmic” themes.
Glass Artist / Glass designer
Born 1975. Kaunas Lithuania
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.
2015 – Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts. Art Doctoral studies.
Works as a designer in the art glass studio “Glasremis“. Lithuania. www.glasremis.lt
Since 2009 Lithuania Artist‘s Union.
2013 Honorary member of the Russian Academy of Arts
Since 2002 has been taking an active part in exhibitions, symposiums, festivals, competitions in Belorus, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Ukraine and others.
Glass works were obtained by art museums: Lithuanian Art Museum (Vilnius), Evald Okas museum (Haapsalu, Estonia), National Museum in Lviv (Ukraine), Finnish glass museum (Riihimaki, Finland), All-Russia Museum of Decorative, Applied and Folk Art (Moscow, Russia), Museum of Glass and Crystal Nikolsk (branch of the K.A.Savitskyi gallery of Penza, Russia), Ningbo Glass Museum. Ningbo.(China).
Glass artist (member of Lithuanian Union of Artists since 1992)
Was born on March 14th 1961 in Panevėžys.
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 there.
In 2000 he founded his own studio of glass design in Panevėžys where he now creates. The main production of the studio is : paperweights of different designs and forms, decorative glass shapes, glass and combined elements of inerior and exterior, glass sculptures, glass prizes and presents for different events, nominal business presents.
In 1993 he worked on probation in Denmark, Bornholm island for three months at glass masters’ Charlie Maeker ( “Snogebaek glashutte” studio ) and Pete Hunner ( “Baltic Sea Glass” studio ). He is well acquainted with Latvian, Byelorussian, Ukrainian schools of glass design.
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 and others.
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”.
2006, the Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists Award awarded Remigijus with Professional certificate and knight‘s of profession mark, “For the glorification of the country in various exhibitions.
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 nationally 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 Granted of the Russian Academy of Arts as Honorary member .2014 Lithuanian Artists’ Association awarded with a Gold Badge, because of promotion of contemporary glass art in Lithuania and abroad 2014 Granted of the Ukrainian Academy of Arts as Foreign Member of the Academy .
His works were obtained by art museums of the Lithuanian Art Museum, Art Museum in Budapest (Hungary) , Frauenau Glass Museum (Germany) , Lviv Art Museum (Ukraine) , Lviv Museum of Glass (Ukraine), Evald Okas Museum (Haapsalu, Estonia) , Russia Decorative – Applied and folk Art Museum (Moscow, Russia), K.A.Savitsky galleries Penza‘ branch of glass and crystal museum (Nikolsk , Russia), Riga‘ Museum of Glass (Latvia), the Finnish glass Museum (Riihimäki , Finland) , Kuskov Palace. (Moscow,Russia), Ningbo Glass Museum. Ningbo. (China).