Hello, my name is Augustinas Našlėnas. I am a multimedia artist and designer, living and working between Lithuania and United Kingdom.
My work comprises digital imaging, photography, drawing and performance art and is highly informed by magical traditions of various cultures as well as contemporary psychology and consciousness studies.
2012 – 2015: Sheffield-Hallam University, United Kingdom. MA Contemporary Arts Practice.
2003 – 2008: Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts. BA Visual Communications.
Since 2015: Multimedia artist.
Since 2008: Freelance artist-designer, working under a name „Vandenis Design & Illustration”.
2016 – 2018: Studio assistant at Paul Morrison Studio, Sheffield, United Kingdom.
2016 – 2017: Assistant photographer for Nigel Barker Photography, Sheffield, United Kingdom.
2011 – 2013: Artist in residence at the Creative Arts Development Space, Sheffield, United Kingdom.
2005 – 2007: Artist-designer at Vytas Karaciejus’ studio of applied photography, Klaipėda, Lithuania.
2004 – 2005: AutoCAD drafter for office furniture and retail installation manufacturer Novena, Klaipėda, Lithuania.
Projects currently in progress:
Gaiamycota is an interdisciplinary multimedia art project started in April 2016 by artists Anthony Bennett, Augustinas Našlėnas, Ryan Taylor and a professor of biology Duncan Cameron. Gaiamycota reflects on the state of “what remains of the soil” of our planet, it’s accute predicament, and foretells of a method to address this, given a global collective political and cultural will. The project premiered in Sheffield at the Festival of the Mind 2016 as an audio-visual installation and a performance and had around 9000 visitors.
Silent Temples (since 2017) is a collaboration with my friend sonic artist Vilo Spice. Experiential piece of audio-visual art fuses ancient Baltic sign magic tradition with aspects of the Chaos theory and Zen-Buddhist understanding of consciousness.
Requiem for a Post-Soviet Dream (2009-2014) This was my very first series of photomontages. Images embody the most vivid memories, dreams, visions and hopes related to the post-soviet reality, as seen by a growing child, as well as the difficulty of the human condition in general. It tells a story of a little boy growing up in the post-soviet world.The first publication of the series was in 2010, when it participated in a contest for young photographers called ‘Debut’ and came third. The competition was organized by the Union of Lithuanian Art Photographers. Three prints were shown in the exhibition of 11 finalists which took place in Vilnius in November 2010. In July 2011 eleven prints were shown in Vilnius in a solo exhibition entitled ‘Photomontages’.The first exhibition with the ‘Requiem for a Post-Soviet Dream’ title took place in Sheffield, UK in March 2012. In May 2012 four prints from the series were shown in the Woolgather Art Prize exhibition in Leeds, UK and came second. Between 2012 and 2014 the series toured exhibition spaces in Lithuania and was shown 9 times.
Be-Tono (2012) Large scale photomontage designed for an audio-visual poetry festival Tarp 2012 in Vilnius, Lithuania. A 4×3 metre print of the image was a part of an installation which also included bricks with poetic inscriptions written by 11 writers, inspired by the image. The installation was shown in Vilnius and Klaipėda, Lithuania.
“Crossroads of the youth” (2005.10) I.Simonaitytė public library art department, Klaipėda, Lithuania
“Silent Temples. Photographic Landscapes” (2007.01) University of Šiauliai gallery, Lithuania
“Silent Temples. Photographic Landscapes” (2007.02) Kelmė culture centre, Lithuania
“Silent Temples. Photographic Landscapes” (2007.03) Klaipėda gallery of photography, Lithuania
“Silent Temples. Photographic Landscapes” (2007.11) Gargždai culture centre, Lithuania
“Photomontages” (2011.07) Vilnius gallery of photography, Lithuania
“Requiem for a Post-Soviet Dream” (2012.03) Creative Arts Development Space, Sheffield, UK
“Requiem for a Post-Soviet Dream” (2012.07) Baroti gallery, Klaipėda, Lithuania
“Requiem for a Post-Soviet Dream” (2013.06) Nida culture centre Agila, Lithuania
“Requiem for a Post-Soviet Dream” (2013.07) F.Bajoraitis public library, Šilutė, Lithuania
“Requiem for a Post-Soviet Dream” (2013.09) State philharmonic, Kaunas, Lithuania
“Requiem for a Post-Soviet Dream” (2013.11) Gargždai culture centre, Lithuania
“Requiem for a Post-Soviet Dream” (2013.12) AGC gallery, Sheffield-Hallam University, UK
“Requiem for a Post-Soviet Dream” (2014.01) Laiptai gallery, Šiauliai, Lithuania
“Requiem for a Post-Soviet Dream” (2014.02) Klaipėda concert hall, Lithuania
“Zones of clarity” (2005.09) Klaipėda gallery of photography, Lithuania
“Jeune Création Eeuropéenne” international contemporary arts biennale (2008.05), Klaipėda, Lithuania
Visual Communications degree show (2008.07) Klaipėda Centre of Culture Communications, Lithuania
A show of Sheffield photographers (2010.07) Bank Street Arts gallery, Sheffield, UK
“Debut 2010” (2010.10) Prospectus gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania
“Evolution of Consciousness” (2012.03) UCA gallery, Chatham, UK
“Woolgather Art Prize” (2012.05) Leeds, UK
“At the Still Point” Contemporary Arts Practice degree show (2015.07) Sheffield-Hallam University, UK
“Futurecade”, Festival of the Mind (2016.09) Millennium Gallery, Sheffield, UK