Leonardas Gutauskas Tadas Gutauskas


MEANINGS: The Egyptian experience is probably not unfamiliar to Gutauskas’s paintings. Its signs are sometimes within the structure of visual creations, but they are not sufficiently clear to become a pretext for forceful comparisons. 
“All adults were children in the beginning. (Only few remember this.)”, - said Antoine de Saint Exupery during his “visit” to the exhibition of Tadas Gutauskas and Kipras Mašanauskas. 
The novelty of T. Gutauskas’s sculpture is especially evident within the context of Lithuania’s sculptors. In Lithuania, the plethora of 20th century sculpture went one way only – it poetized its bulk, searched for a distinct language for the form itself, and only rarely allowed the active power of space to enter the sculpture and then only to a set limit, preserving the sculpture’s mass of physical matter, its ponderous weight, its dense and evenly textured surface (for example, V. Vildžiūnas’s sculptures with their plasticity and game with perforations). 
A book as an all-embracing archetype of being is the fundamental axis of Judeo - Christian civilization surrounded by symmetric and asymmetric spirals of meaning. The metaphor of the world as an easily readable or as an enciphered text is an integral part of this tradition, so it is not surprising that the “eschatology of nature” also has its own Red Book. In other words, the card indexes on nativity and extinction demonstrate need to classify the living and the dead: Eros is superseded by a desire for order and cognition, against which art can only offer disorder and erosion. 
The four styles of life are like four elements, the four seasons, and the four directions. But the artist transforms this rational scheme into the highly creative pattern.