Daily Life: Photography from Lithuania and Rebecca Gilbert: wonder

December 16, 2016 - April 22, 2017

 

Arturas Valiauga, I dropped in on Stepas, we talked about life, 2002

Thursday, December 15
Gallery Talk with the Artists and Curator, 5:30pm
John Caperton, The Print Center's Jensen Bryan Curator, will be joined by artists Rebecca Gilbert and Gintaras Česonis, Chairman of the Lithuanian Photographer's Association and organizer of Daily Life.
Opening Reception, 6:00 - 8:00pm

 

Daily Life: Photography from Lithuania has been organized by the Lithuanian Photographers’ Association (LPA) as part of an ongoing partnership between the cultural community of Lithuania and The Print Center. The exhibition was selected by artist and Chairman of the LPA Gintaras Česonis. The show provides an overview of some of the most significant photographic works created in Lithuania during the past fifty years. Each of the twelve artists presented uses the camera to observe and capture the routines of everyday life, which are both stable and simultaneously subject to constant change, replacement and erasure. As the writer Milda Kiaušaitė put it, “Daily routine is where we are, and as everything that is the closest, it becomes virtually invisible.”
“Daily routine is where we are, and as everything that is the closest, it becomes virtually invisible.” - Milda Kiaušaitė, writer 

The exhibition features artists from two generations, one worked under the repression and censorship of Soviet occupation and another since independence in 1990. In these images, we see their commonplace existence, which often borders on the absurd, complete with the grime and pain accumulated in the corners of history and of individual lives.

The older generation, active in the 1960s and 70s, is comprised of a group of artists considered the masters of Lithuanian photography including Romualdas Augūnas, Aleksandras Macijauskas, Antanas Miežanskas, Romualdas Požerskis, Romualdas Rakauskas and Antanas Sutkus. These photographers did not work to provoke social conflict, but rather publicized and highlighted the universal problems of being during the Soviet era. Other photographers from that time, such as Vitas Luckus and Algirdas Šeškus, subscribed to avant-garde style, communicating in a different visual language.

The more recent generation of photographers, which has emerged since 2000, includes Gintaras Česonis, Mindaugas Kavaliauskas, Donatas Stankevičius and Arturas Valiauga, speak to us in the language of today. Their work is characterized by an analysis of varied surroundings, groups of people and phenomena. They schematize and inventory experiences and life events, often with an almost clinical quality. Their photography is not impulsive; instead it is calculated and carefully plotted.

 

lithuanian-photo-logoAbout the Lithuanian Photographers’ Association

Established in 1933, the Lithuanian Photographers’ Association is the central organization for photography in Lithuania. Originally established as an amateur photographers’ association, early activities were suspended at the onset of Soviet occupation following World War II. In 1969, after a hard fought struggle with the Soviet bureaucracy, the organization was established as the Association of Lithuanian Art Photographers. It was the only such organization in the Soviet Union, and initially it functioned as a union. Membership provided exclusive access to professional work.

Along with the exhibition, The Print Center will have a collection of exceptional photo books from Lithuania available for viewing.

This exhibition is the most recent activity resulting from The Print Center’s partnership with Lithuania. Earlier this fall, an exhibition created by The Print Center, Streets of Philadelphia: 1970-1985, traveled to the Prospekto Gallery, the Lithuanian Photographers’ Association’s gallery in Vilnius. Executive Director Elizabeth Spungen said, “The relationship we have forged with our colleagues in Lithuania has been rich and rewarding. We look forward to continuing the relationship and the sharing of the heritage of both cities and nations.”

Gallery Notes, Daily Life Photography from Lithuania

Press Release

Press

“Review | Daily Life: Photography from Lithuania at Philadelphia’s Print Center,” Lev Feigin, MUSÉE Magazine, January 26, 2017     pdf

“Galleries: Despair behind the Curtain," Edith Newhall, Philly.com, January 22, 2017     pdf

"The Print Center presents Daily Life: Photography from Lithuania, Lithuania in pictures." Pamela J.  Forsythe, Broad Street Review, December 27, 2016     pdf

 

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All the works in the show were printed in Philadelphia by Jeffrey Stockbridge of Stockbridge Fine Art Printing.

 

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Romualdas Rakauskas, Šiokiadieniai/ Weekdays, 1963-1967
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Algirdas Šeškus, Meilės lyrika/ Lyrics of Love, 1975-1977
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Donatas Stankevičius, Stotelėje/ On the Bus Stop, 2011
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Romualdas Požerskis, Lietuvos senamiesčiai/ Old Towns of Lithuania, 1976-1982

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Rebecca Gilbert: wonder

December 16, 2016 - April 22, 2017

 

Rebecca Gilbert, Confluence, 2016
Rebecca Gilbert, Confluence, 2016

Upcoming Event
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Rebecca Gilbert: Artist Lecture, 6:00pm

Past Event
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Gallery Talk with the Artists and Curator, 5:30pm
John Caperton, The Print Center's Jensen Bryan Curator, will be joined by artists Rebecca Gilbert and Gintaras Česonis, Chairman of the Lithuanian Photographer's Association and organizer of Daily Life.
Opening Reception, 6:00 - 8:00pm

Rebecca Gilbert: wonder brings together new prints by the Philadelphia-based artist. Gilbert’s works come out of her interest in both traditional print processes and her poetic response to the landscape.

This new body of work grows out of an artist residency Gilbert had in 2015 at OCHO, Questa, NM. During the residency she explored the countryside around Questa guided by a treasure map created in the form of a poem. It was created by a retired art collector living in Santa Fe named Forrest Fenn, who has hidden more than one million dollars in gold somewhere in the rugged nearby countryside. Gilbert’s hunt for Fenn’s treasure became an opportunity to take notes and make sketches of the beautiful landscape with its interesting rock formations and hidden petroglyphs, as well as of objects she found during her hikes. Those sketches were the starting point for the engravings and woodcuts in this exhibition. While Gilbert’s treasure hunting activities are recent, her work has focused on gold in the past.

“I have been using dirt, water, sticks, coins and gold as imagery in my work to symbolize that which we impulsively crave, seek out and hold valuable.”      - Rebecca Gilbert

About the Artist
Rebecca Gilbert received her BFA in Printmaking from Marshall University, Huntington, WV and her MFA in Printmaking/Book Arts from The University of the Arts, Philadelphia. She also studied nontoxic etching at the Grafisk Eksperimentarium, Capileira, Spain. For several years she was a member of Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, where she presented three solo exhibitions and curated several group exhibitions. Gilbert’s work is in numerous public collections, including the Free Library of Philadelphia Print and Picture Collection; Princeton University Graphic Arts Library; and Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw, GA. Her work has been included in recent exhibitions at Birke Art Gallery, Marshall University, Huntington, WV; Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA; The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA; and Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA. Gilbert is represented by The Print Center Gallery Store. In 2014, The Print Center exhibited Gilbert’s work at the Editions Artists’ Book Fair, New York, NY.

 

Gallery Notes, Rebecca Gilbert: wonder

Press Release

Press

"Rebecca Gilbert: Wonder," Martha Knox, Words on Woodcuts (blog), March 3, 2017   pdf

“Rebecca Gilbert,” Rachel Sitkin, The Studio Visit, March 21, 2016  pdf