Gytis Arošius: The Past of Future
The Past of Future
Solo exhibition by Gytis Arošius
Curated by Bliss
We are delighted to present a solo exhibition 'The Past of Future' by the emerging artist Gytis Arošius.
The enthusiastic optimism of the last century, which began with loud manifestos of speed and progress, techno-futuristic visions, atomic and cosmic imagination, has become a sense of a bygone era, an irretrievable lost time. The accumulating past has vanished in a rush, overtaking and devouring the future. And it is no longer what it was. In the present, it has become something else, something haunted by images, atmospheres, sounds, and places, something that clings anxiously to the body, a sensibility that seems ghostly. A phantasmagoric glimpse into the future past is neither a manifestation of sensory perception nor of hallucination. It is a haunting recollection of being with a future that still exists, disguising the mythology it once had as a flaw or longing. In the polychronic present, the future has ceased to exist in the forms of its past and the constellations of its complex present.
In the exhibition The Past of Future, the pools and fusions of different times unfold. The influence of nostalgic images on the present in the works is interwoven with the history of civilization and the foreshadowing of its past, with the ever-present premonition of an end. The obsolete, the contemporary and the futuristic are brought together. The painful inability to see into the future leads to the desire to restore, reconstruct, bring back and accumulate all that is significant, which testifies to the fact that there were people here, how the festive, plastic, promising, warm beginning felt to them, and how the darkness of the morning was lost in it.
Gytis Arošius (b. 1996) graduated from Vilnius Academy of Arts in 2019 with a bachelor's (2019) and a master's (2021) degree in painting. The artist has had several solo exhibitions, participated in group exhibitions in Lithuania and abroad, and currently lives and works in Vilnius.
Exhibition supported by: Lietuvos Kultūros Taryba, RIR prophouse, Kuro Aparatūra
Gallery Patrons: Renata and Rolandas Valiūnai
Gallery supporters: Vilniaus miesto savivaldybė, Lietuvos Rytas, Vilma Dagilienė, Roma Puišienė, Rasa Juodviršienė, Romas Kinka, Ekskomisarų biuras, MailerLite, Plieno Spektras
Design: Taktika Studio
Thanks to: Dijuota Žilytė, Samanta, UAB Herbela