Agnė Juodvalkytė – ANSKA
On view: January, 29th - February, 26th, 2021
On the estuary we found the black clay the same day we found the first berries. I made promises to myself. There was a dress that I had thought of as ‘blackberry dress’ and I kept it folded in a loose ball in a cupboard. I used this
At a similar time, I saw a wonderful thing. A bird flew low to a large mint metal flat roof. Its shadow followed it closely and suddenly dropped to the ground like a line of soot falling. This was spoken to a small empty shelf in a bedroom
Then it moved. On a walk alongside the estuary, I walked away from the tide coming in and heard lovely rhythms on a metal roof.
I remember when there is fabric involved. I remember the children on the sand, one’s pale blue coat with diamond patches lying across my legs. I remember vividly the arrangement made along an electricity line by someone I do not know but feel I see often. It must be her house. Clear short lines, or tubes line it, facing out into to the cool air in every direction. Sun, sun, light, lines, the lines stay in my head, the sun stays in the lines. I’ve waited for Winter to write.
Words by Sarah Boulton
We are pleased to present ANSKA, Agnė Juodvalkytė’s first solo exhibition at Blake & Vargas.
The exhibition consists of large-scale paintings and intimate pieces created by the artist during the last 8 months. The title of the show, ANSKA, a Lithuanian term of endearment referring to the artist's grandmother, sets and defines the symbolic space of the exhibition that is centered around the complex nature of memory and the imaginary act of remembering.
All canvases shown are the result of a slow process of color layering. Juodvalkytė’s use of color resembles an alchemical examination of the material’s different states of matter: paint made of plants, natural pigments, graphic dust - from raw to fluid - are applied on the canvas in bold gestures. Combined, they result in multi-layered abstract landscapes that invite the viewer to immerse themselves, yet refuse any concrete reading.
Agnė Juodvalkytė uses textiles and painting as a framework to understand culture, history and technology. Often presented in an anthropomorphic way, her works breathe their past into the present, becoming multidimensional artifacts extending not only into space but also into time.
Born in 1987 in Vilnius, Lithuania. Agnė Juodvalkytė lives and works in Berlin and Vilnius.