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Find here a short video about the sculpture: https://youtu.be/mNwjhhbJ9JA Contemporary Lithuanian artist Tadas Gutauskas recently presented his new sculpture series “Shamans (2023)“. He speaks in art forms that resemble the aesthetics of primitive, naive or native art. His old-fashioned, blackened antique-like bronze images are very dynamic, associatively decorative and very close to signs or logotypes. The Shamans resemble wizards converted into animals. However, they are quite animistic, transcendental, difficult to recognise, strangely distorted features of the human soul, in the form of images of ancestors with the masks of spirits, like totem poles with shadows, or strange mythical beings. The artist unexpectedly combines the volumetric spatial character of sculptures with the prevailing facade, flattened and iconic ornamental aspect of their perception (pasakyta - representation). The soft biomorphic plasticity of the sculptures gives the impression of heated, flexible and flowing metal. Here the artist's turn to biomorphic concept of the human body is strongly felt, when body parts resemble plant trunks, stems, branches or leaves. Human forms here are full of plant and animal vitality. The magical power of these sculptures also lies in their alliance with the emptiness of the holes, as if an interaction of moving bodies with air, wind, matter and the ethereal or astral occultic space. Such a hollowness of the forms of Gutauskas' sculptures undoubtedly reminds the viewer of the language and symbolism of primitive religious art. The compositional structure and form of the “Shamans” sculptures are completely different from the classical tradition and testifies to the uniqueness of the artist's path. (PhD in Humanities, Art Historian, Ethnologist Vytautas Tumėnas)
Sculpture:Bronze on Granite
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CULTURE'S SIGNS IN SPACE The expression of Tadas Gutauskas's ( TaDas ) work is universal in various areas of art, showing him to be a 21-th century artist for whom 'matter in space' is boundless. His bronze figurines created during the past decade clearly reveal this concept - with their peculiar, cultural signs, their compact silhouettes, their sensitive plasticity, and with the tracks of their deliberately significant dynamic molding. Their content of signs is reminiscent of archaic African and Latin American totemic remains, of ancient European cultures, of a Baltic world view, and contemporary man's thought process. Meanwhile, his artistic characteristics are expressive, stormy with personal impressions, and filled with sensitivity towards nature and man. Having adopted the statics of archaic, sacral sculpture, the artist renders the figures dynamic by molding their surface with the impressionistic style. ( Art Critic, doctor of art research Nijolė Tumėnienė ) INCANTORY PAINTING One could guess that Gutauskas's ( TaDas ) contemporary plasticity stimulates two circumstances - the aforementioned solidarity with the personal multitongued symbols and with the desire to break from traditional, canonized painting. Both moments stimulate a game without rules, paintings with no prognosis, difficult to motivate, submissive only to the logical development of plasticity. So shining bodies can be compared with matte, decorative scenes- with lethargic motions of a brush; next to spirals with an attitude lies a bramble -bush of unruly strokes; next to historical citations infantile drawings held captive by experience. The rebellious nature of the paintings is also revealed by an artist who while manipulating symbols rarely draws archetypal forms. The sacred colors are frequently exchanged with dominating synthetic colors. Maybe that's how it should be when desire is to cast a spell on the users of synthetic products... Gutauska's paintings, as should be in postmodern art- is chock-full of paradoxes. Let's not rush into becoming comfortable with them. This neosymbolist reveals himself unwilligly, thus gaging us with a long-term connection. ( Art critic Nijolė Adomonytė ) IMAGINATION RITUALS The first impression one gets when looking at the latest sculptures by Tadas Gutauskas (TaDas) is that you have involuntarily found yourself surrounded by some magical, perhaps even ritualistic figures.
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