ruta butkute and AKMAR
the alchemy of abstraction
7 October 2023 - 21 October 2023
The works of Ruta Butkute and akmar come together in the duo exhibition “The Alchemy of Abstraction” This meeting showcases two artists who each in their own way explore the boundaries of artistic expression, in different disciplines and with different materials.
Ruta Butkute is known for her sculptural choreographic research and has embarked on a project exploring porcelain as a medium for painting. These monumental “paintings,” combined with a multimedia installation titled “Bound,” push the boundaries of artistic expression. She meticulously experiments with porcelain and within it the possibilities of movement, transformation, fracture, melting, shrinkage, expansion and solidity. By distinguishing between accidental events and intentional results, Butkute aims to perceive the creation of materiality in a new way.
By setting the material in motion and guiding its transformation into new forms, Butkute’s body becomes like an imprint on the clay, reflecting every action of her hands. Butkute sees the creation of sculpture as a process that emerges from bodily actions in spaces, as well as from architectural relationships that inspire movement and sculpture.
akmar is, a multidisciplinary artist who delves into various forms of art, from computer generated videos to physical sculptures. akmar questions the ambiguïty of reality. She explores diverse manifestations of matter and seeks to uncover the essence of pure self-expression.
akmar continuously challenges herself by embracing unfamiliar materials and deconstructing objects to see them in a new light. The artist finds beauty in dysfunctionality and appreciates items that have lost their defined role due to age fashion or other factors. By selecting outdated software, remaining materials, and personal artifacts from her history, such as generations-worn fur coats or drawings from childhood to present, akmar repurposes these elements in new works. Her art embraces the concept that everything is in a constant state of change and transformation, without imposing political or activist judgments. Instead, she allows the materials to speak for themselves, creating a space for them to express their inherent qualities.
“The Alchemy of Abstraction” brings together the works of Butkute and akmar in an exhibition that focuses on abstraction, the transformation of matter, and the exploration of reality. The synergy between these two artists creates a unique dynamic and invites the audience on a journey of discovery and wonder.