SLA307 ART SPACE AT ARTVILNIUS'18
JUNE 7 - 10, 2018
9th International Contemporary Art Fair
Sla307 is honored to announce our participation in ARTVILNIUS'18. Art Vilnius is an international contemporary art fair in its 9th year. It takes place in Congress Centre Litexpo, Vilnius, Lithuania, from June 7-10. Visit us at Hall 5 / 5.25.
ArtVilnius’18 is featuring 55 galleries and showcasing 200 artists from 20 countries (Lithuania, Latvia, Belarus, Poland, Estonia, France, Denmark, Italy, Russia, the US, Ukraine etc).
We can’t express enough excitement and appreciation to the Director of Art Vilnius, Diana Stomiene, and her team for inviting us to participate.
Thank you Art Vilnius!
Our mission during the 4 years of our existence has gotten more pronounced as we gained more knowledge and experience over time. At the fair we will be presenting 9 Lithuanian American artists that live and work in New York City. All of the selected artists work in different mediums and individually explore different artistic challenges, issues, and ideas.
Sla307 Art Space - founded in 2014, is a platform dedicated to promoting and sharing Lithuanian art and diaspora through inclusive and mutual cultural exchange. Sla307 curates a number of contemporary art exhibitions throughout the year that showcases local and international contemporary artists and provides a forum to explore critical issues within art and culture in New York City. We also feature a series of public programming, which includes lectures, performances, and film screenings, in order to further encourage cultural interactions between artists and audience.
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Lithuanian Alliance of America (LAA) is an organization established in 1886 in Pennsylvania. Since 1910 the headquarters of organization remain in New York City, Chelsea district. Wanting to renew its activities as a non-profit organization, the Lithuanian Alliance of America launched its art program, Sla307 Art Space. The goal of the arts initiative is to facilitate a broader display of mutual cultural exchange in New York and harbor cultural dialogues created through the display of contemporary artistic expression and engaging public programming from a minority perspective and are open to the world.
Daina Mattis (b. 1984, Los Angeles, CA) is a Brooklyn based visual artist who works across the mediums of drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. Her choice of materials and imagery creates sub-dialogues connecting time, patterns, and humanity, while also exploring innovative methods of visual communication.
Mattis has exhibited nationally as well as internationally, and her work can be found in many private and public collections. Notable exhibitions include the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY; the Charles Allis Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI; Art Miami - Context, Miami, FL; the Cooper Union A.I.R. Exhibition, New York, NY; Marymount University of California, San Pedro, CA; Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, CA; Sla307 Art Space, New York, NY; the Blue House Gallery, Dayton, OH; J. Cacciola Gallery, NY, NY and Frances Keevil Gallery, Sydney, Australia. Mattis has instructed as an Adjunct Professor at Syracuse University, as a visiting Assistant Professor at Kutztown University, PA, and as a Drawing Instructor at Cooper Union.
Mattis is currently a lecturer at Parsons the New School of Design in New York, NY. She is represented by High Noon Gallery in Manhattan, NY, and Sara Nightingale Gallery in Sag Harbor, NY. Mattis is preparing for a solo show in October of 2018 at High Noon, as well as a solo show in March of 2019 at The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, GA as a visiting artist.
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Julius Ludavičius (b. 1969 Vilnius, Lithuania) is a Brooklyn based painter.
1980 - 1987, Vilnius M.K. Čiurlionis Art High school, painting; 1987 - 1993, Vilnius Art Academy, painting; 1994 - 1997, Hunter College of New York City, MFA in painting.
During his studies in Vilnius, Julius Ludavičius participated in art movements such as "Žalias Lapas" and "Geros Blogybės". They included many exhibitions of paintings, installations, and often Fluxus type performances, concerts, and events. In 1993, he received the Fulbright Scholarship for studies in New York, USA. In 1993, he received the Soros Grant.
From 1993, Julius Ludavičius has been living and working in New York. During the past 25 years, he created many paintings and drawings. He had numerous solo exhibitions, and also participated in some group shows in New York. In 2015, he had an exhibition at Sla307 art space. His last project in Lithuania was the "Inversija. Blogos Gerybės" show at Jonas Mekas art center, which was organized by Lewben foundation in 2014.
In 2013, Julius Ludavičius became involved in SLA/LAA (Lithuanian Alliance of America) activities. Sla307 Art Space is a non-profit, artist-run, volunteer-based art program and a cultural department of Lithuanian Alliance of America. Starting from 2014, Julius Ludavičius has been the director of Sla307 Art Space. In 2016, Julius Ludavičius became involved in the board of directors of SLA/LAA.
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Ieva Mediodia (b. 1968 Lithuania) lives and works in upstate New York.
1993 graduated from Vilnius Academy of Art. Since 1992 exhibited with art group "Good Evils", in major Lithuanian cities.
Moved to NYC in 1996 to receive her MFA at Hunter College in 2001. She has exhibited installations, drawings and paintings internationally – Biennials at Vilnius CAC,(Lithuania), Triennial in Iasi (Romania), International women artists show at the Scuderie Aldobrandini Museum in Italy, and other venues/galleries in Paris, Rome, Bologna, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, and Hudson, NY. Her work is mentioned in Flash Art, The New York Times, Art Forum, L.A. Weekly, Times Union, Albany, NY and Italian and Lithuanian art catalogues.
Awards: 2012 -2017 artist in residency studio space by Robert Pardo and Agora Foundation in Hudson, NY (USA)
2001 Graf Travel Grant to Pompeii, Hunter College, New York (USA)
1996 Grant of the Westerly Trust, London (UK)
1994 - 1995 Annual State Scholarship of Lithuania (Lithuania)
1994 Soros Foundation Grant in Lithuania
Mediodia's first New York solo show "Biomorphic Automata" was exhibited at Annina Nosei Gallery in Chelsea, where she was represented from 2003-2006 and after the gallery moved to Harlem, NY from 2006-2008. Mediodia's work is included in the private collection of the prominent art dealer Annina Nosei and in other collections across the US and Europe, as well. She is a cofounder of Sla307 Art space program in NY.
"Many years ago, inspired by neurogenesis, I use continuing mark-making similar to taking notes and through this process have envisioned a subliminal map. Thoughts and feelings passing through my mind in the form of electrochemical signaling between neuronal synapses are translated into outbursts of corresponding color and development of macro-microcosmic structures. The intention is to make a connection between my memories - emotional, bodily and mental experiences, and the matrix of the elusive, "external" physical reality- a map/a moving field, which unfolds as a portrait of my internal mentation. In the process of painting, composition emerges organically- a mark on a blank surface-random spill of paint. My choice - fluid acrylics and ink using paintbrush, pen and airbrush techniques. I introduce contrasting languages -organic and mechanical: the pools of paint forming into random shapes are overlaid with gestures of paintbrush and pen and gestures using machine-an airbrush.” I.M.
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Aidas Bareikis (b. 1967 in Vilnius, Lithuania) currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Aidas Bareikis holds an MFA from Hunter College and Vilnius Art Academy. He is the recipient of Fulbright Scholarship and Soros Foundation Grant.
He exhibited extensively at Leo Koenig Gallery and Canada Gallery in New York. He also exhibited at MASS MoCA, Mass; MOMA PS1, NY; the Kunsthalle Wien, Austria; Migros Museum, Zurich, Switzerland; Zacheta Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw; CAC Vilnius, Lithuania; Center for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO. In 2017, his work was selected in the first Athens Biennial "Destroy Athens".
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Laura Zaveckaitė (b. 1979, Kaunas, Lithuania). Since 2003 lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
1997 - graduated Kaunas Art Gymnasium. 2001 - Vilnius Academy of Arts - bachelors degree in print making.
Exhibitions: 2017 - Laura Zaveckaite is invited to participate in “Kaunas Mene” art festival as a guest artist. 2015 - Solo show “Installation” at Sla307 Art Space, NY; An installation piece at Labanoras forrest “Inbetween”, Lithuania.
2013-16 group shows in NY: 2013 - Bushwic Open Studios, Brooklyn, NY. Big Irv’s Collective Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. Paddle8 online auction, to rise funds for Sla307 Art Space. 2004 - group show “Lithuania As Is” at Lithuanian Consulate General in New York. 2003 - Solo show at “ Čiurlionis Art Gallery”, Chicago, IL.
In 2015 Laura Zaveckaitė joined Sla307 Art Space team of volunteers filling designers position as well as public relations communications position. She also is actively involved with Lithuanian Alliance of America archives.
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Nijole Kudirka, who is Lithuanian by birth, is a photographer based in New York City. She worked first in sculpture and painting, and later on turned to photography. After obtaining her Ph.D. in Psychology at Yale University, she studied in New York City at the Studio School, School of Visual Arts and International Center for Photography. She has traveled extensively and photographed various sites around the world.
She has had many exhibitions including at Sla307 Art Space, New York; Alex Ferrone Gallery; Cutchogue, New York; Ecco Space Cultural, Brasilia, Brazil; Joyce Towbin Chasan Fine Arts, New York; Querini Stampalia Foundation, Venice, Italy; A.I.R. Gallery, New York; and National Arts Club, New York.
My images are inspired by the flowing, painterly tradition of the poetic, lyrical landscapes, as portrayed by those such as Camille Corot or Albert Pinkham Ryder. The encaustic medium combines wonderfully with photo images to produce a layering transparency with depth and tonality. The product is therefore a combination of printmaking and photography. I use handmade Japanese rice papers to print the images. I then combine them with layers of gold leaf, all fused with wax, to produce the final effect. Throughout the process, I aim to convey some of the transient effects of the ever-changing light. These landscapes are about memory, mood, and atmosphere, rather than depictions of reality. - Nijole Kudirka
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Laima Sprangauskaitė graduated from the Vilnius Academy of Arts in Lithuania with a MFA in painting. She has studied printmaking in New York City at the National Academy of Design and received scholarships from Valerie Delacorte, Antananarivo Kunigonis Bachielis, and the J.B & Margaret Blaugrund Foundation.
In addition, Laima has received the Award of Excellence from Manhattan Arts International, an award at "The Healing Power of Art" competition, and the Bruce Museum Choice Award. Her work has been exhibited at National Academy Museum of Fine Arts and in various galleries throughout Europe and the United States.
My artistic expression is drawn from the oldest traditions of mystical intuition: the unity of Void, Plenum and Self, and their pulsing interconnectedness. My art attempts to display this intrinsic unity and harmony that exist everyday and everywhere. - Laima Sprangauskaitė
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Asta Jonytyte was born in 1972 in Vilnius, Lithuania, and currently lives in New York City. Her practice in photography is focused on what happens everyday. She often works on the street, and finds beauty in flaws and imperfection, which are then documented. Asta’s curiosity for the unknown has brought her to various places around the globe. She currently has ongoing personal projects in New York City, California, and Lithuania.
Asta mostly shoots with black & white 120mm film using Holga or Yashica Mat 124G cameras.
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