For one night only: Remigijus Venckus' "Solaris" at Rothko center

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For one night only, on 18 May, at 7 p.m. through midnight, Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre will offer a photo exhibition titled “Solaris” by popular Lithuanian media artist Remigijus Venckus.

The exhibition was inspired by Polish philosopher and writer Stanislaw Lem and his ideas expressed in the Sci-Fi novel “Solaris” (subsequently filmed by both Andrey Tarkovsky and George Clooney).

Remigijus Venckus is a renowned 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," says advance publicity material.

"Solaris" exhibition at Rothko center
"Solaris" exhibition at Rothko center

"Having read the novel “Solaris”... 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 Rothko center adds.

The exhibition will be available free of charge as part of the annual "Museum Night" events taking place across Latvia and many other European Union countries.

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