ARVYDAS PALEVIČIUS "BETWEEN PHYSICS AND METAPHYSICS"

On the 15th of May, 2020, on Friday, at 6:00 pm at KCCC Exhibition Hall (Didžioji Vandens str. 2, Klaipėda), exhibition "Between physics and metaphysics" by Arvydas Palevičius will be opened.

Visualizations of microstructures of new materials created in the KTU laboratory, performed by electronic scanning and atomic force microscopes, as well as images obtained with the principle of digital holography are exhibited at the exhibition of the professor, habilitated Doctor of Technical Sciences Arvydas Palevičius.

The aim of the exhibition is to reveal the material integrity, which is ensured not only by physical phenomena, but also by the accompanying spiritual field, one of the most important tasks of which is characteristics of aesthetics, enabling the search for connections between macro-objects and the nano- and micro-world.

The concept of the exhibition is based on the research “Replication of optical signs and microstructures in polymers and a theoretical study of their visualization possibilities”. This type of research is designed to create functional materials used in the fields of microelectronics, ecological chemistry technologies, energetics, environmental pollution and climate change research. A. Palevičius came up with the idea to visualize the micro-world not by chance. This year, after the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture granted A. Palevičius the Status of Art Creator, the author decided to conceptualize the scientific versions of world's endurance.

As scientists work their way deeper and deeper into the matter, it becomes obvious that something, that is invisible does not mean that it does not exist and it does not mean that it does not have an effect upon us. The structure of the physical world is being divided into smaller and smaller material particles, so the "binding" of which gives us the image we see. Human intervention in this field is based on technological competencies. In the meanwhile, the created microstructures have microsculptural dimensions (3D), the meaning of semantic and geometric ratios of which could be uniquely interpreted, and microsurfaces (2D), in which the field of created colours generates various codes. Knowing the principles of colour theory, on the basis of them one can see the meanings of the construct of philosophy and reality, as if we were talking about the ritual purpose of newly created materials.

The rational glance of a scientist usually does not appreciate the phenomena of spirituality - for him this field is not opening, because the activity is based on the rational thinking. This is where the turning point takes place, the possibility of a demiurgical act arises, which ensures the possibility of “hacking” one or another code of matter, i.e. the scientist uses his instruments to open the veil of the micro-world as a tin can, letting in art assessors into it and giving them the opportunity to feel the material and spiritual characteristics of the examined material.

Visualizations of A. Palevičius' matter research results testify that new things do not emerge from nothing, and, in order to understand them, scientific competence is required, which scientists share only with each other. For an ordinary person, it is like a Sumerian cuneiform, which he can only silently observe and evaluate the lines, forms, feel the vitality of the constructed structures. It is difficult to deny the development of society in a spiral, so modern scientists working in the field of materials engineering can be equated with "shamans" who create a relationship between pure form and its aesthetic experience.

Two cycles of A. Palevičius' abstract painting 'Pantheon' (lith. „Panteonas“) and 'Double Whiskey Blues' (lith. „Dvigubo viskio bliuzas“) are also exhibited at the exhibition, which speak about physically tangible materiality and colour chemistry.

Arvydas Palevičius (born in 1957) - professor, habilitated Doctor of Technical Sciences, painter.

In 1980 he graduated from Kaunas Polytechnical Institute. He studied painting at the San Francisco Academy of the Arts, and from 2006 to 2008 he was a resident at the New York School of Fine Arts. Member of the Canadian Portrait Artists' Union since 2004. He is currently a professor at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Design of Kaunas University of Technology. In 2018 - laureate of the Lithuanian Science Prize.

The author has organized about 30 personal painting exhibitions in Lithuania and abroad.

In 2020, by the Order of the Lithuanian Minister of Culture, he was granted the Status of Art Creator.

The exhibition will be open until the 14th of  June, 2020.

Working hours of  KCCC Exhibition Hall (Didžioji Vandens str. 2, Klaipėda): Wednesday – Sunday from 1 pm to 7 pm. (Closed during public holidays).