Ieva Mediodia Lithuanian, b. 1968

Overview

Ieva Mediodia (b. 1968, Lithuania) is a painter who studied at the Vilnius Academy of Arts and was one of the students in the famous Kęstutis Zapkus course. She continued her education at the Hunter College in New York, where together with several other artists founded the SLA307 art space. Mediodia’s paintings are strongly connected to ideas of contemporary scientific hypotheses, and each piece could be described as a map of the imaginary, providing evidence of the artist’s internal reflections on memory and exterior contexts.

Ieva Mediodia is interested in the process of painting and its connection to the processes of the mind. Within this connection, Mediodia finds a transformation which itself can be described as an autonomous object of art. Her creative process starts at the emergence of random, abstract spills of paint, later advancing through various stages towards completion. Each of these stages represent individual aspects of Mediodia’s work, such as manifestations of a feminine gesture which contrast with a sharp-cut drawing style pointing to a logical preconception and a simple rule. Her paintings can be seen as drawings and vice versa. In some cases, the artist seeks to expand the limits of her paintings by turning them into installations. This synthesis with other media gives Mediodia more freedom to push the boundaries of the traditional understanding of painting.

Mediodia’s artistic practice can also be understood as research of the painterly media, experimentation with various possibilities and revelation through discovery. Abstract and figurative fragments all over the surface of the canvas and mylar, combined with thin layers of acrylic airbrush paint, ink, gel medium and urethane produce a space similar to a soundscape in music - both translucent and expressive of a dreamlike spacetime of her works.

Ieva Mediodia lives and works between New York and Lithuania. Her works have been exhibited in the US, Italy, France, Romania and Finland, among other countries. Mediodia’s works are also featured in the collections of the Lewben Art Foundation (Lithuania), MO Museum (Lithuania), Albert Benamou Gallery collection (France) and some private collections in Lithuania and abroad.

Works
Biography

Born 1968 in Lithuania

Lives and works in New York, USA and Lithuania

 

EDUCATION/RESIDENCIES

1998-2001 – MFA Hunter College, Painting, New York (USA)

1987-1993 – BFA Academy of Fine Arts, Painting, Vilnius (Lithuania)

1992-1993 – Painting class with visiting artist from New York Kęstutis Zapkus (Lithuania)

1979-1985 – Juozas Naujalis High School of the Arts, Kaunas (Lithuania)

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020 – Ievos Išvarymai, KKKC, Klaipėda (Lithuania)

2019 – Ieva Mediodia/ Iš Niujorko į 90-ųjų Vilnių,  Šiaulių galerija, Šiauliai (Lithuania)

2019 – Uploaded Memory, Trivium gallery, Vilnius (Lithuania)

2019 – Physical Analogs/ From New York to the 90’s of Vilnius, City hall, Vilnius (Lithuania)

2017 – ArktikaAntarktika, HiLo, Catskill (USA)

2016 – Emergent Behavior, art space SLA307, New York (USA)

2014 – Simulacra From The Void No.2, McDaris Fine Art, Hudson (USA)

2012 – Simulacra from the Void, VARTAI Gallery, Vilnius (Lithuania)

2011 – Ieva Mediodia. Paintings, Art For Architecture Gallery, New York (USA)

2009 – Synaptic Katharsis, Nicole Fiacco Gallery, New York (USA)

2008 – Hubris/Hysteria, (Hi)Story, New York (USA)

2006 – Ieva Mediodia, Albert Benamou Gallery, Paris (France)

2006 – Plug-In Terminal, Bencivart Gallery, Pesar (Italy)

2005 – Gravity, Richard Sena Gallery, Hudson (USA)

2004 – Biomorphic Automata, Annina Nosei Gallery, New York (USA)

2001 – Mindscapes, Museum of Contemporary Art, Washington (USA)

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020 – 10001, virtual art project, Undercurrent, New York (USA)

2018 – In the Time of Coil Spring, Žilinskas art gallery. Kaunas, Lithuania

2016 – Smart Dust,  art space SLA307, New York (USA)

2016 – From Realism to the Object. Lithuanian World Art in the Collection of the Lithuanian Expatriate Art Foundation, M. Žilinskas Art Gallery, Kaunas (Lithuania)

2014 –  Q14 – Art on a flagpole, the National Museum of Lithuania, Vilnius (Lithuania)

2013 – All Of Me, Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, New York, (USA)

2012 – Group show, Sephan Stoyanov Gallery, New York (USA)

2012 – Group show, Artefact Pardo Gallery, Lake Worth (USA)

2011 – Group show, Hudson Opera House, Hudson, NY (USA)

2010 – Arte Padova, Padova (Italy)

2010 – Transcience, Z2O Sara Zanin Gallery, Rome (Italy)

2008 – Independent Drawing Gig #4, Artbreak Gallery, New York (USA)

2008 – Vips. L'insolite, Albert Benamou Gallery, Paris (France)

2008 – Benefit Auction 2008: The Dream Of The Red Chamber Masquerade Ball, White Box, New York (USA)

2007  –  Les Fleurs du Mal, Mary Goldman Gallery, Los Angeles (USA)

2006  – 101.3KM: Competition & Cooperation, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius (Lithuania)

2006 –  Beyond Lilith. The Sacred Feminine, Scuderie Aldobrandini Museum, Frascati (Italy)

2006 – Scope Art Show, New York (USA)

2006 – Arte Fiera, Bologna (Italy)

2006 – Currents, Miami (USA)

2005 – Arte Fiera, Bologna (Italy)

2004 – Europe Day, Dahesh Museum of Art, New York (USA)

2003 – Group Exhibition, Annina Nosei Gallery, New York (USA)

2003 – Prophetic Corners, 6th Perific Biennale, Iasi (Romania)

2002 – Center of Attraction. The 8th Baltic Triennale of International Art, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius (Lithuania)

2002 – Tuckernuck, Canada gallery, New York (USA)

2001 – Self-esteem, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius (Lithuania)

1995 – 3rd Exhibition of the Soros Center for Contemporary Arts, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, (Lithuania)

1995 – Banginio pilvas, site-specific project, Vilnius (Lithuania)

1994 – Nus, Corbas Center for Arts Polaris, Lyon (France)

1994 – 1st Nordic Forum of Women, Turku (Finland)

1992 – Advent Bunch, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius (Lithuania)

AWARDS/GRANTS

2019 – Artist grant awarded by the Lithuanian Council for Culture

2012 – 2017 – Awarded residency studio space by Robert Pardo and Agora Foundation, Hudson (USA)

2001 – Graf travel grant to Pompeii, Hunter College, New York (USA)

1996 – Grant of the Westerly Trust, London (United Kingdom)

1994 – 1995 – Annual State Scholarship of Lithuania (Lithuania)

1994 – Soros Foundation Grant in Lithuania, for the show at Corbas Center for Arts Polaris, Lyon (France)

COLLECTIONS

Lewben Art Foundation (Lithuania)

Mo museum collection (Lithuania)

Marino and Paola Golinelli collection, Golinelli foundation (Italy)   

Private collection of Annina Nosei (Italy, USA)  

Private collection of Sara Zanin (Italy) 

Private collection of Gerard Malanga (USA)   

Private collection of Albert Benamou gallery (France) 

Private collection of Roberto Bencivenga (Italy) 

 

Exhibitions
Bibliography

BOOKS/CATALOGUES

2018 – Laima Kreivytė, “Expulsion of Eve”, in: What Took You So Long, ed.: Monika Krikštopaitytė, Jelgava: Jelgavas Tipogrāfija, 2018

2006 – 101,3 KM, catalogue, ed.: Linara Dovydaitytė, Kęstutis Kuizinas, Vilnius: Contemporary Art Centre, 2006

2006 – Beyond Lilith. The Sacred Feminine, catalogue, ed.: Rosetta Gozzini, Rome: Gangemi, 2006

2006 – 2003-2006, catalogue, New York: Annina Nosei Gallery, 2006

2006 – Plug-In Terminal, catalogue, Pesaro: Bencic Art gallery, 2006

2004 – Periferic 6. Prophetic Corners, catalogue, ed.: Anders Kreuger, Suceava: Musatinii, 2004

2002 – Center of Attraction. The 8th Baltic Triennale of International Art, catalogue, ed.: Tobias Berger, Vilnius: Contemporary Art Centre, 2002

2001 – Self-esteem. Lithuanian Art 01, catalogue, ed.: Anders Kreuger, Vilnius: Contemporary Art Centre, 2001

ARTICLES/INTERVIEWS

2020 – Rosana Lukauskaitė, “Kas nutiko Ievai?”, in: 7 meno dienos, no. 5 (1326), 2020

2020 – Ignas Kazakevičius, “Po pažinties su paslaptingąja Mediodia iš Niujorko pasaulis niekada nebus toks pat”, in: LRT.lt, 2020-02-03

2020 – Irma Stasiulienė, “Nuo Ievos iki kosmoso: pasikalbėjimai apie parodą ‘Ievos išvarymai’”, in: kulturpolis.lt, 2020-01-29

2019 – Aistė Kisarauskaitė, “Dešimtojo dešimtmečio kontekstai“, in: 7 meno dienos, no. 27 (1306), 2019

2018 – Laisvė Radzevičienė, “Į Ameriką emigravusi menininkė Ieva Martinaitytė-Mediodia: Niujorkas gali išsunkti iš tavęs paskutinius syvus, bet kartu – įkvėpti kurti”, in: moteris.lt, 2018-11-19

2016 – Lucy Lu Cao and Sara Miranda, “Ieva Mediodia,’Emergent Behavior’ Creator, Paints Life’s Questions, in: Washington Square News, 2016-09-15

 2014 – Sandra Skurvida, “Mitai ir Istorijos”, in: 7 meno dienos, no. 19 (1080), 2014

2012 – Rūta Mikšionienė, “Paroda galėjo ir neįvykti”, in: Lietuvos Rytas, 2012-11-14

2012 – Giedrė Milkevičiūtė, “Dailininkės ‘kosmosas’ abipus Atlanto”, in: Respublika, no. 46 (935), 2012

2012 – Kęstutis Šapoka, “Ką sugadino uraganas? Alyson Shotz ir Ievos Mediodios kūryba Vartų galerijoje”, in: Kultūros barai, no. 11, 2012

2009 – Tim Kane, “Artist's vision of controlled chaos”, in: The Times Union, Albany, 2009-11-26

2008 – Aurelie Romanacce, “Vips. L’Insolite”, in: parisart.com, 2008-06-20

2007 – Peter Frank, “Les Fleurs Du Mal”, in: LA Weekly, 2007

2006 – Eglė Mikalajūnaitė, “Savirefleksija, autizmas ir nelaikiškumas”, in: 7 meno dienos, no. 722, 2006

2003 – Brigitte Huck, “8th Baltic Triennale of International Art”, in: Artforum, 2003

2003 – Michele Roberchi , “Focus Painting Part II. Contemporary painting today”, in: Flash Art, 2003

2002 – Rūta Mikšionienė, “Smegenų žemėlapis padės surasti kelią į Marsą”, 2002-09-24

2001 – Jurgita Ludavičienė, “Niujorkas ir sugrįžtanti atmintis”, in: Literatūra ir Menas, 2001

 

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