October 9 – December 13
Kaunas District museum
Gintarė Stašaitytė ir
The glass art exhibition Clear Space, created for the Vitrum 2020 Pulse festival, seeks to feel the pulse of the Baltic countries’ glass art community, which has been influenced by the events of the last decade. The first Vitrum Balticum exhibition, held in the year 2000, brought together the Lithuanian, Latvian, and Estonian glass art community. Similar creative situations, opportunities, close personal relationships, and contacts have always linked this circle of artists. The community is connected not just by glass art, but often by camaraderie or even friendship. Thanks to this community, the project steadily grew, strengthened, and remained relevant in our geographical region. With the social and economic changes taking place in the world and the changes in glass materials’ meaning and pertinency, the community found itself in the new context of today, which invites us to think anew and define the community’s role within contemporary art. During the festival, when the members of this community come together, questions about people’s interrelationships and their relationship with the environment are asked, which arise from problems such as the lack of social transparency, the information-based society, and environmental concerns.
The name of the exhibition, Clear Space, raises the concept of space, through which the subjects may move separately and be a part of a common structure. Space is utilized with the intent of discerning what amount of distance is kept between individuals and how that distance influences the community’s measure of connectedness. Meanwhile, the concept of transparency, as a main characteristic of glass as a material, becomes the figurative visual representation of a connection, describing the invisible link between an individual and the environment, widening or limiting the person’s options. Looking from a broader perspective, it may be a paraphrase of a transparent society’s inner workings. Transparency is what we seek in different aspects of our lives, from personal relationships to our views on the climate and nature. It’s a characteristic that has become a synonym for honesty and which usually determines the level of trust between people. The greater part of society’s actions are still eclipsed by a lack of transparency, which serves the needs of specific social groups. It influences inequality and the divide between social groups and stands in the way of forming clearer and better-balanced relationships in today’s society.
The commission of exhibition Clear Space:
Asa Jungnelius (Sweden),
Raimonda Simanaitienė (Lithuania),
Paloma Pastor Rey de Viñas (Spain).