FRACTURED, an uncanny resemblance to worldly views 

Seeing the unseen 

Studied Film and television, Electronic Music composition, Graphic design and Illustration.

Works in computer graphics and multi-media with The Imaging Services Group in Melbourne.

Began digital photography in 2002

What do I see?

Photos by Mindaugas Simankevicius

Photography - what is it exactly?
Technical photography is out of my reach - I have very sloppy vision so I contend myself with simply capturing the light I see.

This light may be focussed or blurry, it may be low-light or candle-lit, it may be sun-drenched or blinding, but whatever I point towards, I feel it has drawn me in for a reason, sometimes I know why but many times I have just a gut feeling that that click will deliver some image gold.

Not content with one image of the subject, I collect many images, from slightly different positions and angles.

Then it's playtime.

 

Wooden Universes

Series from "Fractured", represented in the art show "Trees of Boroondara",  the book Wooden Universes and from private collections

Like  the million other image makers, I work on a computer, generally interacting image with image, working with a few images in juxtaposition introducing an element of time shift.

Representation

DNA Gallery
min @ imaging.com.au

 

I am Australian and have lived here most of my life. My first language though, was Lithuanian. My father, Viktoras Simankevicius studied graphic and fine art in Freiburg at the L’ecole des Artes - he was born in St Petersburg but at the age of one, moved to Vilnius where he grew up and went through school until around 17 until being displaced during WWII where he moved to Freiburg. In 1949, he emigrated to Australia where he met and married my mother Dana Matulaityte (originally from Kybartai). Viktoras’ skill in drawing was highly regarded and he became a graphic designer/commercial artist.

After High School, I first studied electronic music for 4 years through the Electronic studies department at Melbourne University as well as through development courses at Adult Education with Felix Werder - I then went on to study fine art at Prahran College in Melbourne. I began to be interested in the moving image and went on to Film and Television School where I explored the “noise” of imagery, using a camera lens to capture what I tended to call the “unseen”. Using the background of electronic sound, the foreground of moving textures, my foundations into the “unseen” was ratified. A need for commercial return led me to become a graphic designer where I have worked ever since, leaving my artistic endeavours as a passionate interest and self-development. The introduction to digital photography has landed me a tool in which I now explore the “unseen” through juxtaposition of image on image, giving the chance to explore Time over Position/Place, Space and Form, an homage to the early 20th Century futurist artists, the cubists as well as blending in impressionism along with Post-Modern impressionism.

The series “Fractured” represented throughout this site, is a volume of work spanning some intense few years which contains a collection of mini-series: commentaries on ArchitectureFireWaterTrees, Landscape amongst other interests. “Urban Mangle”, like other fractures, is a commentary on the collision of form, its materials, shapes and its position over time and space, reflecting on the shape of the beast that lurks within a structure and not focussing on straight documentation of an architectural piece.


Yours truely

Group shows:

Lithuanian Artists of Australia: Dec 1996

Olive Cotton Award 2006 – Tweed River Art Gallery

Gene Pool: Nov14-Dec8 2007 - DNA Gallery

Sun Show 2008 – DNA Gallery

Australian/Lithuanian Art Show 2010 

PI&SR Art & Photography Show Mar 2011

San Remo Art Prize 2012

Group Show 2013 – Seafarers Mission Gallery

Olive Cotton Award 2013 – Tweed River Art Gallery

Lithuanian Artists 2016 - North Melbourne


Solo shows:

“Our Digital Landscape”: May 2005 - Newport SubStation 

“Trunk”: Oct 10-Nov11 2008 – DNA Gallery 

“Bush and Beach”: Feb 11 2010 – Birds Gallery 

“Burning Bush | Whispering Pines”: May 14-Jun 12013 – Birds Gallery 

Trees of Boroondara: Mar 4-Mar29 2014 – Town Hall Gallery (Hawthorn)

2014-15 New Ports, New Shores, New Works with Robert Lee Davis - Porthole Gallery Docklands Vic

Atlantics Showroom 2015 - Architectural Display

“Fractured” - Birds Gallery June 2015


Prizes / Selections:

Winner Lithuanian/Australian Drawing Prize 1996  

Olive Cotton Award 2006 – selected for show

Bronze Awards – Epson Pano Awards 2011

Bronze and Silver Awards – Epson Pano Awards 2012

Olive Cotton Award 2013 – selected for show

First Prize - Beertography 2015