Jos de Gruyter
Mai Hofstad Gunnes
Michael Van den Abeele
Non-language-based ideas and ways of alternative exchange have been explored and experimented with by a number of artists and thinkers. Departing from the limits of the verbal, the exhibition is based on the instinctive, the material, the visual and the personal.
Artists: Øyvind Aspen, Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, Daniel Dewar & Grégory Gicquel, D.O.R., Kipras Dubauskas, Lili Dujourie, Laurent Dupont, Mai Hofstad Gunnes, Hannah Heilmann, Anders Holen, E.B. Itso, Kalin Lindena, Maria Loboda, Valérie Mannaerts, NUG, Michael Van den Abeele
Curators: Ūla Tornau and Asta Vaičiulytė
The prime trigger for this exhibition is the direct experience of what is not spoken or described. Non-language-based ideas and ways of alternative exchange have been explored and experimented with by a number of artists and thinkers at different points in time and space. While language and concepts are vastly privileged in how contemporary art is made and mediated, there has always remained a possibility for another kind of encounter.
Departing from the limits of the verbal, Words aren't the thing is based on the instinctive, the material, the visual and the personal. It manifests itself as one layered body—a mirage-like landscape, similar to a staged set or a hunter's decoy, which tricks the eye into moving closer and offers a glimpse inside what remains at a distance. The works in the exhibition are materiality and experience combined, oscillating between irony and integrity, veiling and grotesque, acting and lucky accidents. They invite the viewer to meet halfway whilst remaining rooted in the world of things—approachable through relationships that, luckily perhaps, we have no language for.
With the support of:
Nordic Culture Fund
Arts and Heritage Agency of the Flemish government
Lithuanian Council for Culture
ifa (Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations, Germany)
Danish Agency for Culture
Exhibition opening is supported by:
Goethe-Institut in Vilnius
Institut Français de Lituanie
Images: Michael Van den Abeele Dinosaur#10 (2014), oil on canvas
Valerie Mannaerts Orlando (biscuits) (2013), wood, pencil on paper, photo collage on wood, canvas (photo: Kristien Daem)
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Opening on Friday 13 November 2015 at 6 pm
The artist collective D.O.R. is commissioned to inaugurate the exhibition and give an in-depth analysis on the conceptual gravitation points of the de-lingualised situation that inhabits the space between the word and the thing, and how this brutally dis-communicates thought.
Contemporary Art Centre (CAC)
Vokiečių 2 LT-01130 Vilnius Lithuania
Tuesday - Sunday 12:00 - 20:00
Full price 8 LTL / 2,32 Eur
Concession - 4 LTL / 1,16 Eur
Free entry to exhibitions on Wednesdays