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2017.01.05 09:15

Identity trapped in tar

Algirdas Acus2017.01.05 09:15

Looks like the Kingdom of Tar People, but these are sculptures from black tar made by Lithuanian artist Tadas Vosylius.

Black tar reminds of various experiences accumulated in a human being. ‘The work of art must have many layers so that various meanings could be seen,’ says the artist who started his career as a blacksmith, but later graduated from the Vilnius Art Academy, where he lectures now.
 

Tadas lives in a strange farmstead where he escaped from the second biggest Lithuanian city of Kaunas.
Black tar is not the only material with which Tadas does art, but certainly the one with which he attracts a lot of attention. He organized an exhibition although he does not like to show his sculptures in exhibitions. He thinks, it is better to surprise people when sculptures stand in unexpected places throughout the city.
 

‘I always try to make a work that would be not so much conceptual, but very suggestive. It is important to me that even people from abroad could understand my idea without any translation,’ says Tadas.
 

Sound bite (Lithuanian)

TADAS VOSYLIUS, sculptor:

At first I dip a width into tar, then extract it and fling on a carcass. Then I do the forming. If I see something lacking I add some soft material, as hot tar is good glue. And then, if needed, I do a second layer.
 

Sound bite (Lithuanian)

TADAS VOSYLIUS, sculptor:

The work of art must have many layers so that various meanings could be seen.
 

Sound bite (Lithuanian)

TADAS VOSYLIUS, sculptor: