ABOUT

How the pornographic can function as an indicator between life and art is a question I am trying to both investigate and experience. In using the medium directly, I am going against the assumption that "artists or pornographers attempting to produce something that is both art and pornography in fact attempt the impossible" (Hans Maes, “Who says pornography can’t be art?”, p.35).

I want to arouse my audience in such a way that they gain new insights into their own sexuality and desire. Experiencing sexually constructed images allows me to grasp these ideas and the beauty that they can contain. The human body, when shown in this liberated way, becomes a lustful machine, a pornographic promise. I juxtapose ready-mades and photography with existing objects which broadens the idea of sexuality by producing new meanings for lustful objects we know. My artistic practice is based on kitsch aesthetics that are present in both mass production and sexual fantasy. I am interested in advertising and commercials that encode our sexual desires as an indicator to consume; I would like to immerse the viewer in these explicit images, allowing their emotions and immediate reactions to surface.

BIOGRAPHY

Dominykas Canderis, born in Kaunas 1994 received his bachelor's degree in sculpture from the Vilnius Academy of Arts under Deimantas Narkevičius, 2017 and finished an exchange program at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Fine Arts in Amsterdam, 2016.

He has taken part in exhibitions locally and internationally and has shown at Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond (NL), Eighteen 29 (NL), Art Academy of Latvia (LV), Third International Art Festival of Young Artists Art Session (RU), Project Space Malonioji 6 (LT), Kabinetas (LT), Kaunas Gallery Weekend (LT), Titanikas (LT). His works have been published in Berlin based magazine PORNCEPTUAL and the contemporary art daily Echo Gone Wrong.


Dominykas currently lives and works in Berlin.

Contacts: dominykas.canderis@gmail.com