EPAC is a collaborative engagement between organisations across Europe focusing on intersections between art, science and society. It consists of nine outdoor exhibition spaces established in participating countries that include Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Portugal, Spain, Poland, UK, Lithuania and Iceland to establish the first ever Europe-wide contemporary art venue.
Now in C-LAB's (UK) third phase of the EPAC programme, where artworks rotate between participating countries, Lithuanian artist Martynas Gaubas presents his artwork THE EMIGRATION.
This public art exhibition is curated by C-LAB.
I was born in 1980, Radviliškis, Lithuania. 2004 I graduated from Siauliai University Art Faculty, where I studied Design. Since 2000 I actively participate in collective expositions and organize personal exhibitions. Since 2008 I am a member of the Lithuanian Artists' Association. From 2011 I am a member of the Lithuanian sculptors guild . I have arranged about 25 solo exhibitions and participated in more than 70-s group exhibitions in Lithuania and abroad (Latvia, Poland, Ukraine, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Holland, Germany, China). I am created over 500 sculptures in wood, stone, bronze, metal and others materials. I exhibited painting, graphic art, sculptures.
Martynas Gaubas, 2012
THE EMIGRATION (2012)
I specially chose the language of symbols that would be enough to understand for people who do not have special education in arts (I think it is very important to find a dialogue). In order to create a dialogue with town-dwellers I have chosen this theme, to show that many young people are working and living in Europe, it is certainly true in small towns. This sculpture is made for those who emigrate, who are waiting their chance and willing to return. And I want to believe that it is not emigration, but only migration.
Heart symbolizes love, waiting and longing. Heart is like a puzzle without all the details. Details of which this heart is made are recorded by my friends and acquaintances, their names, who like to live in Lithuania. Missing part is the people who emigrated.
Martynas Gaubas, 2012