From May 23 to June 21 2014, Cortex Athletico Gallery-Paris presents, for the first time, a solo exhibition of the Lithuanian artist Liudvikas Buklys. Entitled Rolling holders and windows, this one includes a set of installations, sculptures and video.
« Rolling holders and windows = a solo exhibition by Liudvikas Buklys = an articulated grouping of materials---a campsite for ideas. At its centre, a veneered MDF bench offers a central posture. If it's a bench at all, it's one whose specifics were pre-determined by a horticultural set of dimensions (though their parameters have been withdrawn from the decor). It's a hard-edged reference point, but its horizontal lines extend beyond their visible termination, towards three other objects, which suspend here, there, and there---sails for trapping air and extending certain thought vectors. Productive blockades, shelters. Or, hanging at the hard edge a bit longer---at the periphery, the visible margins, the sharp dissolve---they may also be three parachutes for weathering the drop.
There's a corner too. Dislocated somewhere, it's been tipped---a holder for holding onto shapes. A tool for overlaid comparisons, for scale. As spatially positive as negative.
From another angle, the triumvirate could be screens. If so, they aren't as far from the plasma as they've been pitched. Joining in, congealing, implicitly instructive, demonstratively embodied, operable, taken independently or filtered through each other, they offer well over three new sight lines---23 frames cropping further into rolling hills photographically excised from a Lithuanian warehouse. Raw material. Potential. A point-blank slideshow. One fixation after another, their agglomerated vistas slide in a muted choreography. The tags suggest something sartorial, and trade their generic attributive function for another.
Tent material and flexi-windows---neither the stretchers nor the stretched is leather, yet all three could double as shields warding off the elements. When campers swaddle in portable cocoons, vision is occluded by meteorological necessity, but other senses still permeate. Of course, this traversal is not without its abstraction. If that's how Rolling holders and windows operates, then the MDF bench gains another function---fibrous, but exceeding medium density.
Rolling holders and windows is a shape-builder. And the shapes persist; arcs, triangles, parallelograms, rectangles, folds and rolls, an invisible lattice of dotted lines---they'll continue on for a long time, and well beyond the designated exhibition space. » - Chris Fitzpatrick
In his work, Liudvikas Buklys raises ontological questions, evades fixed interpretations, and piques derailing paradoxes through open-ended works. They range in media - from video and photography to plans or re-circulated objects. Many of them could be called studies. They are not necessarily studies to be later realized as something else, but could perhaps be thought of instead as studies to be further studied, which carry stories to be recounted and re-circulated. In that way, Buklys creates prompts. His is an ongoing practice through which proposals are fluidly generative.
Liudvikas Buklys was born in 1984 in Lithuania. He lives and works in Vilnius. He graduated from the Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts (2007). Since 2011, he has been studying at the Higher Institute of Fine Arts (HISK) in Gent, Belgium. His work has been presented in solo exhibitions as at Tulips & Roses gallery in Vilnius (2012 and 2008), as well as in group shows like at the Lithuanian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013), at SIC, Helsinki (2012); at the Contemporary Art Center of Vilnius (CAC), Vilnius (2012); at the Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne (2012); at the Casino Luxembourg - Forum d’art contemporain, Luxembourg (2011) and at Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2010).