Neringa Černiauskaitė & Ugnius Gelguda
The Metaphysics of the Runner
May 17–June 15, 2014
Street level. Medium shot frames a busy stretch of city sidewalk in front of contemporary shop windows where passers-by walk briskly alone and in groups, chatting, making phone calls, carrying shopping bags. Someone pauses outside a shop below a large window sign: SNEAKERS. Behind the wide, glass pane, single training shoes, each displayed on an individual shelf, are arranged like jewels. Electric blue, salmon pink, warm grey, cool grey, fluorescent orange, and maroon details float on a tide of white leather. The shopper’s eyes roam over the display. Reflections of the cobbled European street and passers-by shimmer on the glass, melding shoes and scenery. A green park is visible in the far background. Suddenly, the runner appears in the glass, darting among cars and people, then disappears again, absorbed by the street. The window shopper pulls away from the window, moves on.*
Move, follow the runner.
From the future to the past.
An exhibition featuring a collaboration with Jeannine Han, Ray Kurzweil’s sonic imagination, post-organic drinks.
*Perri MacKenzie, A Running Composition, 2014.
Ugnius Gelguda and Neringa Černiauskaitė started collaborating in 2009. Both artists are based in Vilnius and Brooklyn, New York. Their solo shows include venues of kim? Contemporary Art Center, Riga (forthcoming), Contemporary Art Center (CAC), Vilnius (forthcoming), The Metaphysics of the Runner, 321 Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, NADA NY (2014), Anything is always nearby or next to something else, Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, New York (screening event) (2013), Now More Than Ever, Contemporary Art Center (CAC), Vilnius (2012). Their work has been featured in group shows at CCS Bard / Hessel Museum of Art, New York, Moderna Museet, Malmö, Sweden (forthcoming), ar/ge Kunst Gallery Museum, Bolzano, Italy (2013). Ugnius Gelguda is represented by Galerija VARTAI.
Jeannine Han is from Oakland, CA., and currently lives and works as an artist and designer in New York City. Maintaining an interdisciplinary practice, including textiles, fashion, installations, and collaborative works, she explores how interactions with everyday objects create meaning. She is engaged in creating a dialogue between material and process where her projects frequently involve the history and recontextualization of women's work. Jeannine is currently an adjunct professor at Parsons The New School for Design.