Alvydas Pakarklis. Decorative ceramic art sculptures that tell stories and fairy tale versions of our everyday lives. 20 years of work is at his studio at North Riverside, near Chicago, IL
Alvydas Pakarklis. Decorative ceramic that tells stories, fairy tale version of our everyday lives. My studio is on the side of my house: 8608 W.26th St. North Riverside, IL, 60546. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
My ceramic is not “useful”. Only during the process of creating do I discover that it can be a plat, vase, or a wedding gift. Working at a glass factory (that was my first job) I discovered a love of rough structures and large scale objects. All of them are earth colors, pure nature of Lithuanians. At very high temperatures color dissolves somewhat, and it fits me. At the beginning (to save money) I applied glaze on raw clay, shoveled into the oven and it turned out great! Ceramic is unique, you can attach wood to it or iron, make a sculpture, or flat surface, and then paint it! Glaze is like art: composition, drawing, form, etc. Then you put it in the oven and - BURST! It is misfortune or a very interesting outcome? You see stages and it is intriguing waiting for a final product. Folk wisdom, everyday stories, or just someone that said something, or even facial expressions - all that makes me to do a storyline, sometimes I participate myself in it too. Interpretations are a little bit funny, a little bit theatrical, lightly mocked. More exhilaration, people! Life is beautiful and living is a joy. Bottom line -art has to touch the deepest truth of your hearts.
I was drawing since childhood, mostly on newspapers. During summers at my grandma's village I stated to play with flour dough, making some “pigeons”, that was the best time ever. At an early age I was recommended to enter to the storngest art grade school in Vilnius, Lithuania. Under my great teachers’ “supervision” I had to know, pretty well, drawing, painting, sculpting, print making, and art history. After high school, in 1969 I chose ceramic as a major in the Art Academy and my first job was working in a glass factory, which later incorporated a department of decorative ceramic (now the town of Panezezys is proudly famous for unique cermic collections). In 1992, in the US, at Lion Frame Gallery, I held my first solo exhibition. That followed many other exibitions in Chicagoland area. If you will visit my studio, you will see the years of my creations, sketches, and layers of thoughts. Some works are big, some very small, there is something for eveyone, if you like a story. Welcome.