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Art Exhibition of Janina Monkute-Marks. Textile. Painting.

2017 March 10 @ 15:00 - 2017 April 15 @ 17:00


Exhibition place: Traskava parish hall, Liepu st. 2, Pavermenys

The early art and embroidery of Janina Monkute-Marks are exhibited.

The early art of Janina Monkute-Marks (1958-1962)

Though indirectly, her early paintings reflect the drama of World War II and emigration. Her paintings of 1958-1960 are dominated by dramatic tension and a sense of the unknown. The artist was encouraged to share her painful story by the popular Chicago group Art Brute. The group’s most successful members, Leon Golub and Seymour Rossofsky, were famous for depicting themes of war, aggression, violence, and estrangement. In this context, Janina Marks’ painting entitled Tunnel, featuring one of the underground street crossings in Chicago, becomes a metaphor of loneliness, limited opportunities, an uncertain future, and an attempt to break free.

In the early 1960’s, Janina Marks’ painting turns toward abstraction and decorativeness. The artist starts experimenting with collage and gesso priming. <…> The titles of this period’s paintings, such as It’s Hard to Find a Way, Night Shadows and Tired Football Player, impart a sense of melancholy.  <…> The view is intentionally flat – the artist is portraying emotion, not a three-dimensional imitation of reality. The glittering mosaic-like multicoloured squares convey constantly changing surroundings and frames of mind.

Curator of the exhibit Asta Fedaraviciute-Jasiune