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Vitas Stasyunas

 

Vitas Stasyunas is never out of touch with mass culture. In his work he used first the Soviet, then the somewhat wild New-Russian fashions. He makes a living doing ceramics, woodwork, and monuments to generals spending a lot more time doing work than exhibiting. A long-time Moscovite, he was born on the Curonian Spit between Kaliningrad and Klaipeda. He took a two-year course at the Stroganov Arts and Crafts Institute to study stone carving. Paradoxical objects made by Stasyunas – a globe with the Sea of Ulyich and the Sea of October; a map of USSR with borders inlaid with shoulder straps; a helmet, covered with textile appliqué and decorated with the top of a military standard were offshoots of Sots Art. By 1990 Stayunas’ moved away almost completely from ideologically charged messages. In his new work the artist started using traditional folk motives and techniques (blue designs of Gzhel porcelain, patterns from traditional knits and embroideries) to decorate humble objects like plumbers’ and masons’ tools, mechanical scales, and simple domestic items. Working on things typically left alone by designers, Stasynas looked at their hidden angles. As a result, shoe soles got to look much more attractive when decorated by the artist with drawings of grass and flowers. Stasyunas took part in expositions at the time of perestroika, but remained in the shadows for many years after. His comeback to the big art scene happened in 2004 with the project called “Causes and Connections”. To this day the large panoramic landscape of a receding power line traced with hemp cord remains Stasyunas’ most famous and appreciated work.

 

Born 1958
Lives and works in Moscow 

 

Principal exhibitions  

Personal

2004 "Gorbachev", SART Gallery

2005 "Cleaner", Vera Pogodina Gallery, Moscow

2006 "Fertilizer" VP-STUDIO Vera Pogodina Gallery, Moscow

2008 "The Ends of the ends", VP-Studio Gallery of Vera Pogodina, Moscow

2011 "ORDER". Open Gallery, Moscow


Group

1990
An Exhibition of Association of Young Moscow Artists, Centre House of Artists (CHA), Moscow, North Carolina Museum of Art, USA

1991 "Novochento", Centre House of Artists, Moscow

1993 "Monuments. Transformation for the Future". ICA, Moscow; Association of Independent Curators, NewYork

1996
"The East and the West", Claudborg - Copenhagen – Moscow

2004
"The Art Workshops". The premium "the Black square", Centre House of Artists, Moscow; "From Rodchenko to our days", Moscow House of Photography, Moscow

2005 "Pop Art". State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow "On Corners".VP Gallery, Moscow

2006 "New in Collection NCCA 2006". NCCA, Moscow

2007 "The Diary of the Artist", in the framework of the Moscow Biennale. Fund of Assistance of Marat Gelman to Contemporary Art, Centre House of Artists, Moscow; "Wit Works Woe" / in the framework of the Moscow Biennale. The State Literary Museum, Moscow; "The Soc-Art. Political Art in Russia and China" / in the framework of the Moscow Bienniale. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow; "Premium the Black Square", Centre House of Artists, Moscow

2008
"The Ends of the ends", VP-Studio Gallery of Vera Pogodina, Moscow; "Russian Povera"– Perm’, Serguey Gordeev Museum; "Cleaning Fund" (personal exhibition together with M. Chuykova) Fund Ayr, Moscow

2009 "Real Estate". VP-Studio Gallery 3 Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art; "By Hook of by Crook" Proekt_Fabrika, Moscow; "Russian Povera", Red October, Moscow; "Dormitory District", Krasnodonskaya str., Moscow; "Not Toys?", Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow; "Dead Souls" Moscow State Literary Museum, Moscow; Art Miami, USA, Galerie Leonhard Ruethmueller; "Die Mauer lebt / The Wall is alive" 20 Years Anniversary Exhibition Galerie Leonhard Ruethmueller, Basel

2010 "Origin of Darwin" – Darwin Museum, Moscow; "The City". Open Gallery, Moscow

2011
"Greeting Card", NCCA, Moscow
 

“Order”. 2011

“Order”. 2011

Untitled. From the Extract project.  2014. Photograph. 40 x 60 cm.

Untitled. From the Extract project. 2014. Photograph. 40 x 60 cm.

Classics. 2013.

Classics. 2013.

Untitled. From the Extract project. 2014. Photograph. 30 x 45 cm.

Untitled. From the Extract project. 2014. Photograph. 30 x 45 cm.

Untitled. From the Extract project. 2014. Photograph. 40 x 60 cm.

Untitled. From the Extract project. 2014. Photograph. 40 x 60 cm.