Artist Vytas Sakalas: “Doorway to Infinity”by Carolyn Classen on Dec. 01, 2009, under Arts, Life
In Vytas own words from his website:
“The seemingly miraculous process of creation, of somehow making something out of nothing, I find endlessly fascinating, a need at the core of my being. An underlying premise of my work is that valuable knowing and understanding of the nature of reality/the reality of nature can be gained by going inward and manifesting outwardly through art.”
Vytas goes on to describe his work as “tranceformationism” …he shares that “when I stare at the “blank” surface, gradually shapes, dots, lines, colors, patterns, spaces, etc. begin to appear to me, like subtle hallucinations, and I draw or paint them in. Many of the the larger structures are not only seen but are also felt viscerally. It is often something in the surface texture of the material I’m working on that suggests what I see, so the visions and hallucinations are inextricably bound up with the physical substance I’m employing. In this process I soon enter a mild state of trance in which I am being led ever deeper into the unknown.”
Take a look at Vytas’ works on his website and elsewhere on the web. You will be amazed at the depth of his abstract art, truly doorways to infinity and beyond.
His previous solo exhibitions in Arizona:
2008 – “Together At Last”’, Art Institute of Tucson, Tucson
2008 – “Desert Cubism”, Grogan Gallery of Fine Art, Tucson
2006 – “Ethereal Gravity”, Grogan Gallery of Fine Art, Tucson
2006 – “In Spring”, Art Fare, Tucson
2000 – “Chthonic Djin”, Imagine Art, Sedona
1999 – “Between Calls”, RAW Gallery, Tucson
1998 – “Cowbizm and the Legend of Zeke and Clem”, Temple of Music and Art, Tucson
1995 – “Tranceformations: 25 Years of Work”, University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson
The Contreras Gallery continues a “tradition of family artists and silversmiths, since 1949.
Contreras Gallery features monthly exhibitions of local contemporary artists,
and welcomes visitors into the working studio of Neda and E. Michael Contreras.”
The art gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday, 11 to 5 p.m., except for first Saturdays- 3 to 10 p.m., phone 520-398-6557.
A reception for Vytas new solo exhibition “Doorway to Infitnity” will be on Saturday, December 5, from 6 to 10 p.m.