Raimondas Daukša’s exhibition “Sophisms”

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On June 17 (Friday) at 6 p.m., Raimondas Daukša presents his solo exhibition “Sophisms” at the gallery “si:said” (Daržų 18, Klaipėda). The exhibition will run until July 7.

Raimondas Daukša’s latest exhibition, “Sophisms,” contemplates on cultural geography, the routine of tourism and consumerism. The exhibition consists of sofa and bed mattresses. The object is constructed from nine mattresses. All the mattresses were found on the streets of Palanga in spring 2015. Throwing away old mattresses (known locally as tapchans) is a normal part of preparing for the holiday season in a resort town. Objects that have been in direct contact with the bodies of holidaymakers can no longer bear the weight of their bodies and are deformed, rubbed, and smeared; they are no longer suitable for receiving new bodies. The mattresses, filled with the weight of holidaymakers and themselves too heavy for a short summer holiday, lay down in the resort streets. The four wide ones are used to make the outer layer, the four narrower ones to make the inner layer that fits into the outer layer, and the remaining hole is filled with a small narrow mattress. The whole thing is secured with metal bands. The result is a heavy rectangular object, approximately 1.4 x 1.5 x 2.2 m, which has lost its function, and which gives off the smell of forgotten summers. The object can be pulled out like a radio antenna, but as if to demonstrate its functionlessness (or the absence of a signal), it remains pulled together.

Raimondas Daukša (b. 1962) graduated from the Vilnius Art Institute in 1992 with a degree in art education. Since 1993, he has been participating in exhibitions. From 1997 to 2002, he was a member of the Lithuanian Artists’ Union. Since 2010, he has been a member of the ANTILOX movement. He lives and works in Palanga.