Vilnius-based artist Augustas Serapinas, whose work is featured in the group exhibition running at Stanley Picker Gallery until 8 April 2017, gives a talk about his recent and future projects.
Serapinas’ practice is invested in recomposing socially engaged spaces, in order to foreground and problematise the assumptions that shape them. By inverting the customary functions of objects and spatiality, Serapinas toys with the possibilities of the encounter – with art and with the social relations it engenders – as a phenomenon and an opportunity. Serapinas’ new commission at Stanley Picker Gallery is a secret project, entrusted by the artist to the infrastructure of the organisation, including its staff. As the project evolves over the course of the exhibition, its secrecy also transforms oscillating between facts and rumours.
Augustas Serapinas was born in Vilnius, Lithuania in 1990, and lives and works in Vilnius. He attended the Rupert Educational Program in Vilnius, LT (2014) and completed a BA Fine Arts from the Vilnius Academy of Arts, Vilnius, LT (2013) and The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, DK (2013). Recent exhibition include Dusting the Grounds, David Roberts Art Foundation (London, UK – 2016); Philip, Lukas & Isidora, SALTS (Basel, CH – 2015); Double Bind, Rupert (Vilnius, LT – 2015); 6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, (Moscow, RU – 2015) and The Future of Memory. An Exhibition on the Infinity of the Present Time, Kunsthalle Wien, (Vienna, AU, 2015). Augustas Serapinas is represented by Emalin.
Above image: Augustas Serapinas, Pump, 2016, 170 x 120 x 70 cm, metal, wood, cast plaster, fabric. Courtesy: Emalin and the artist