SOLARIS EXHIBITIONS LIST

18.05.2019, 7:00pm. Daugavpils City Municipality Instutution Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre (Mihaila street 3, Daugavpils, LV – 5401, Latvia).

01.03.2019 – 31.03.2019, Lithuanian Education History Museum (Vytauto pr. 52, Kaunas, Lithuania).

18.01.2019 – 05.02.2019, Savickas’ Art Gallery (J.Basanavičius st., LT - 03108 Vilnius, Lithuania).

06.09.2018 – 23.09.2018, Trakai Streat Gallery  (Vilnius st. 100-1, Šiauliai, Lithuania)

IDEA: ON THE SOLARIS OCEAN 

Lately I have not had much time for reading fiction, but I am actually missing the period of bookworming which happened in my life some years ago. Thus, in the summer of 2017, I went back to my already forgotten activities of reading. Half of my vacation I spent by some Lithuanian lakes with interesting books having nothing to do with my academic life. I read one of the most memorable Sci-Fi book ‘Solaris’ written in 1961. The author of this impressive masterpiece was a many prizes winner, Polish intellectual and philosopher Stanislaw Lem. I had never read anything by him before, but I had seen some films after his books.
    From page to page I read all the sentences very attentively and was greatly fascinated by the content. Lem’s story raised some new rhetorical questions in my mind: I kept asking myself about the strong logics in the story and carefully delivered explanations of the mystical unexplored planet of Solaris. 
    Even now I am fascinated by the author’s idea that Solaris is an intellectual ocean, which can react to any human thought, wish and dream. Thus, any intellectual creature can provoke the planet to make copies of its real or imaginable previous life or relations with someone; even with those that had never existed or be possible in the future world. The creatures’ wishes, ideas and non-realised dreams could sometimes limit the genesis of the planet. Thus, Solaris became a self copying system, in which curious people could be attracted and scared at the same time by these new and never seen forms before.
    At the end of the book, in conclusion, Lem provoked us to think about our extraordinary  and expanded loneliness under the sun, with humans always wanting to colonise new planets, lives and civilisations. Thus, people are disclosed as small, narrow-minded and involved in terrorism actions because of their personal paltry egos. In all our lives we are so busy that we can’t see those logical factors; we are still searching for someone who could be declared guilty about our loneliness and unhappiness.
    ‘Solaris’ has impressed me so much that I have been starting to create a new photo-cycle, dedicated to Lem’s magnificent Sci-Fi idea. From time to time, I have been walking with my 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 my feelings about loneliness, a loneliness already copied and distorted in many different photos of a new non-existing reality. Who knows, maybe this new reality is my never ever objectively evaluated existence…
    My thoughts on the ‘Solaris’ discourse are not new, I have been thinking this way since my teenager’s times when I began creating experimental and then unsuccessful images. More than 15 years later, I started attentively analysing these images and found a new understanding, that different and then unsuccessful overexposed shots were not so bad and deserved some attention. Thus, the old shots are still provoking me to think about visuality and its meaning to the future prospects. Those images have been getting me back into the labyrinth of my past memories, feelings, smells and tactile experiences. 
    From time to time, photography opens up to me as the surface of the previous time-space experiences, like the intelligent ‘Solaris’, which enabled me to immerse myself into my forbidden and never more exciting (un)real reality. Thus, I have been attacked with rhetorical questions without concrete answers: what is my time and space, my way of life, directions in my creation, am I real or is my environment artificially copied by someone who is more intelligent than any creatures in the world, etc.?
    However, the (non)ending questions make me stronger and more solid in my approaches towards images, which are still addressing to me questions about the feelings I already had in the past and am still getting now, appreciating my expectations, connections with surroundings, my daily life interactions among relatives and co-workers from the art or academic field. My photos affect me in the same way as Lem’s ‘Solaris’ does: while watching and analysing my images I always read myself as a never ending database…
    The question is what is ‘Solaris’ and it seams to me as an intangible mathematical formula, as ephemeral jazz, which leads me into the a non limited improvisation; it is the same as the automatic writing delivered and distributed by surrealists in the 20th century. Still, I keep turning back to the past age, where the great philosophers, artists and scientists were searching for they own and universal ‘Solaris’. I still have a romantic desire to find the true ‘Solaris’ and understand my role in the intelligent ocean of (non)existing phenomena… Maybe, I could come back to the beginning of any beginnings, to nonverbal God’s language, where everything is understandable in any (un)known dimension, where I have never had a possibility to find myself in  the truth yet…
POSTERS OF THE EXHIBITIONS, 2019 – 2018
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Prof. Dr. R. Venckus is an art critic and media artist. In 2014 he defended his Ph. D. thesis in the humanities, Jacques Derrida Deconstruction Theory in Video Art Analysis, at Vilnius Academy of Arts. 
    R. Venckus is Professor at the Department of Graphics Systems of the Faculty of Fundamental Sciences of Vilnius Gediminas Technical University. He is the author of 18 scientific articles, 5 research reports presented in international conferences and 20 research reports published in republican scientific conferences. Previously he working as Associate Professor at Vytautas Magnus University, and the director of Creative Society and Economy Institute of Kazimieras Simonavičius University; he taught at Vilnius University, Šiauliai University, Vilnius Academy of Arts.
    R. Venckus is also a media artist usually engaged in the art of photography. The main theme of creation comprises memory, time and personal experience as well as the male body and sexuality interpretations. In 2010 he represented Lithuania in the international erotic visual art exhibition (National Museum in Poland). He participated in 30 international exhibitions and 37 republican exhibitions, set up 47 solo exhibitions in Lithuania and 4 abroad.
    R. Venckus is known in Lithuania as an art critic engaged in reviewing contemporary art exhibitions and writing about painting, photography and video art. His critical reviews on well-known Lithuanian and Western artists make an integral part of exhibitions held not only in Lithuania but also in USA, Denmark, Poland, Russia, Latvia, etc. R. Venckus is the author of 329 critical articles on art and culture.

DOCUMENTATION OF THE EXHIBITION
18.05.2019, 7:00pm. Daugavpils City Municipality Instutution Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre (Mihaila street 3, Daugavpils, LV – 5401, Latvia).
DOCUMENTATION OF THE EXHIBITION
01.03.2019 – 31.03.2019, Lithuanian Education History Museum (Vytauto pr. 52, Kaunas, Lithuania).
DOCUMENTATION OF THE EXHIBITION
18.01.2019 – 05.02.2019, Savickas’ Art Gallery (J.Basanavičius st., LT - 03108 Vilnius, Lithuania).
DOCUMENTATION OF THE EXHIBITION
06.09.2018 – 23.09.2018, Trakai Streat Gallery  (Vilnius st. 100-1, Šiauliai, Lithuania)
Photo by Lorentas Pališkis
SOLARIS 2018–2019
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