Monika Furmana. Mechanical Soul
26 October – 21 November 2019
At TSEKH gallery (Vytenio str. 6, Vilnius)
Working hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 2-8 pm.

To mark the celebration of its 17th birthday, the capital-based Meno Niša Gallery invites everybody to visit the Mechanical Soul exhibition by painter Monika Furmana. The exhibition will run from 26 October until 22 November at Tsekh Gallery (Vytenio str. 6, Vilnius).

Monika Furmana’s exhibition Mechanical Soul will present works of an impressively monumental size reaching up to 5 meters. As Meno Niša’s spaces are not enough to host such paintings, Mechanical Soul moved to Tsekh Gallery.

With her exhibition Mechanical Soul at Tsekh Gallery, Monika Furmana will seek to reveal a man as an integral part of the material environment. The main theme in Monika Furmana’s works is a woman and her body. In her artworks, the artist provocatively and intrepidly deconstructs a woman’s body and changes her identity. The artist is fascinated by the blurring boundaries and contrasts that are shocking and exciting at the same time.

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The famous painter, Monika Furmana (b. 1978) is a Doctor of Arts and has held 14 solo exhibitions. Her works have been purchased by collectors from Lithuania, Belgium, Finland and the USA, including the most renowned Austrian erotic book writer and publicist. Monika’s works are also in the collections of the Lewben Art Foundation and MO museum. Meno Niša Gallery has been very successful for several years already in presenting the artist at such art fairs as Viennacontemporary, Positions Berlin, ArtVilnius and others. 

The exhibition is organised by the galleries “Meno niša” and TSEKH.

“Meno Niša” Gallery Sponsor – Vilnius city municipality

 

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Monika Furmana about the exhibition:

Mechanical Soul

The being of a person is material. Likewise, I conceive of an artwork as an object, that is, a thing existing independently of myself and having its place next to the other objects of the objective world. I have observed how a work of art can miraculously make visible the historically changing relations between a person and thing, a person and nature, and a person and religion. By denying the “soulfulness” of a work of art, I hold out to viewers the materiality of a painting along with the beings born within it. 

The being of everyday objects is saturated with meanings both acquired and imposed. Through painting, I attempt to deconstruct these meanings to get down to the very nucleus of a thing, leaving a substance that is, as far as possible, unplanned, naked and more real. 

By emphasizing the thingliness of the body I work to demystify its nature, to observe what is born in the here and now without a pre-determined plan or outcome. By unmasking the religious realm, I hold out the belief in what is visible and tangible as counter-weight to non-being. In this way, painting allows for the investigation of the materiality that invasively intrudes upon the human, altering its nature and functions. I hold the process of painting to be the most vital and real grasp of truth and faith. Faith in quotidian being.

Faith in painting.