An amber lantern will join the Nida streetlights

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The light installation “Amber Projector” by Linas Kutavičius at VAA Nida Art Colony, 2016. Photo by Julija Navarskaitė

An installation titled “Amber Beamer by a former VAA Nida Art Colony resident, the artist Linas Kutavičius, will be presented in the temporary project space KIOSK on the main (Taikos) street, curated by Nida Art Colony, on the 11th of May at 10 p.m.

Linas Kutavičius received the 2016 Neringa Municipality art grant. This was the fourth grant assigned to VAA Nida Art Colony’s Artists-In-Residence programme. Since 2012 Neringa Municipality encourages artists to engage with the landscape of Neringa and find inspiration in the surrounding environment. During his month-long residency, Linas focused on developing his project “Amber Projector”, which exposes the inner structure of amber. The project was presented in Nida, Klaipeda, and during last year’s  Berlin Gallery Weekend.

A focused beam of light fed through a piece of amber rotating around its axis projects the structure of the mineral into space. Regarded as a national symbol of Lithuania and usually used in applied arts, this time amber becomes a conceptually intimate object magnified by light. The shifting colour palette and the captured fossils meditatively captivate the viewers and transport them to primeval existence through a time loop.

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Linas Kutavičius (b. 1979) is an artist based in Klaipėda, Lithuania. He graduated from Vilnius Academy of Arts. Using experimental materials, the artist designs and builds functional light objects for interior and exterior spaces. Since 1997 Linas takes part in different cultural events and exhibitions. He has been collaborating with other artists in a number of informal intercultural projects, and has designed the visual environment of various music festivals and other events.

The installation will be on show until the 19th of May. The project is partially funded by the Lithuanian Council for Culture and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania. The patron of the project is Andrius Tamaliūnas.