Augustas Serapinas (b. 1990 in Vilnius, Lithuania) lives and works in Vilnius, Lithuania. Augustas Serapinas’ practice is borne from an empathetic consideration of the people who create and constitute the organisations and structures within which we work. Through engaging with the innocuous and overlooked details that build to define a life, Serapinas uses his investigations of personal domestic situations as an insight to broader institutional working.
Through reimagining and restaging in between spaces – the private area of a public building, Serapinas complicates and problematises the assumptions that are attached to them, not only within art institutions, but the broader infrastructural context that they operate. Serapinas’ practice examines both the structure and function of the art institution and the architectural manifestation that enables this. Recomposing spaces as saturated and self-referential portraits of the art institution’s inner workings, questions the order, organisation and agenda of conventional displays of art.
Solo shows include: Sigi (site specific installation), Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria (2017); Four Sheds, Fogo Island Arts, Newfoundland, Canada (2016); Housewarming, Emalin, London, UK (2016); Phillip, Lukas & Isidora, SALTS, Basel, Switzerland (2015); Apples in a State of Tax Levy, Komplot, Brussels, Belgium (2014).
Group exhibitions include: How To Live Together, curated by Nicolaus Schafhausen, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria (2017); QUIET, curated by Samuel Leuenberger, Barbara Seiler, Zurich, Switzerland (2017); Climbing Invisible Structures, Nida Colony Exhibition Hall, Nida, Lithuania/ Ars Communis Residency Centre YO-YO, Ž eimiai, Lithuania/ Ars Communis Residency Centre YO-YO, Ž eimiai, Lithuania (2016); Politics of Emotion, Rupert, Vilnius, Lithuania/ Oslo Art Academy, Oslo, Norway/ The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland (2015); 6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia (2015); Survival Kit 6 – Utopian City, Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, Riga, Latvia (2014); The Unanswered Q, Vilnius Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania (2014); DON’T YOU KNOW WHO I AM? Art after Identity Politics, MUHKA, Antwerp, Belgium (2014).
This is the Vilnius-based Lithuanian artist’s first UK institutional solo exhibition, and one of his most ambitious projects to date.
A major commission of new installation work spans multiple spaces within the David Dale Gallery building, and involves individuals from neighbouring businesses. It follows Serapinas’ well-received first solo exhibition Housewarming at Emalin, London in 2016, and his large-scale installation Sigi at Kunsthalle Wien in 2017.
Supported by Glasgow International and Creative Scotland.
Fri 20 April – Sat 26 May
Mon – Sun, 11am-6pm