For one day only, on 18 May, 7 p.m. through midnight, expressly for the Long Night of Museums, Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre will offer photo exhibition “Solaris” by popular Lithuanian media artist Remigijus Venckus. The exhibition was inspired by Polish philosopher Stanislaw Lem and his ideas expressed in the Sci-Fi novel “Solaris”.
Prof. Dr. Remigijus Venckus is an art critic and media artist. He holds a professorship at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Faculty of Fundamental Sciences, Department of Graphics Systems. Venckus is also a media artist usually engaged in the art of photography. His main themes include memory, time and personal experience as well as interpretations of the male body and sexuality. He has participated in 30 international exhibitions and 37 exhibitions in Lithuania in addition to having 50 solo exhibitions in Lithuania and 5 solo exhibitions overseas. In Lithuania, Venckus is known as an art critic engaged in reviewing contemporary art exhibitions and writing about painting, photography and video art.
In his free time, the artist is a keen reader. Having read the novel “Solaris”, one of the most memorable Sci-Fi books ever written, which belongs to the pen of Stanislaw Lem, the great Polish intellectual and philosopher, winner of multiple international awards, Venckus started creating a new photo-cycle dedicated to Lem’s magnificent Sci-Fi idea. From time to time, he was walking around with his photo camera, taking images of strange and odd architectural details, combining different shots into new structures to cherish a new impressive cycle, which could intuitively express his feelings about loneliness, a loneliness already copied and distorted in many different photos of a new non-existing reality.
The question is what “Solaris” actually is, and for Venckus it seems to be an intangible mathematical formula, like the ephemeral jazz, which leads him into unlimited improvisation.
The exhibition is available free of charge.