A Single-Artwork Exhibition by Misshapen

January 10, 2023  21:23  |  News

A Single-Artwork Exhibition by Misshapen

Photos – courtesy of Misshapen ©

Starting on 12th January, a conceptual design exhibition by MISSHAPEN, titled 1/3 of a Second, will be hosted at apiece – a gallery strategically focused on autonomic artistic expression. It was Misshapen that featured apiece during its opening exhibition in 2018 when the gallery was still located in the old town of Vilnius (Didžioji St.). Then, a hand-made porcelain object from the very first MISSHAPEN collection was showcased. The artwork to be presented now is explained by Milena CM, the author behind MISSHAPEN, as follows:

One-third of a second encodes an impulsive choice or an unreasoned human act. It’s a moment of an unconscious decision; a moment that requires no effort. On the contrary, this amount of time is even impossible to be consciously noticed. It is thought that 95% of decision-making brain activities are unconscious, and only 5% of them fall within the field of our consciousness. According to neuroscientists, it is obvious, and normal, that many actions we take are unreasoned and environment-driven, or – so to say – out of our understanding. It is by no means a negative thing though, as we simply could not function otherwise. This phenomenon is sometimes called intuition that is said to be responsible for our unconscious, but right decisions. And what I doubt today is the very concept of “right decisions”. Thus the exhibition title, and the third Misshapen collection itself, refer to both my research in consumer behaviour and the artwork that coronates it: the crown.

I have spent more than a year digging into what actions are possible to be taken – or, more precisely, refused – during these 313 milliseconds. The purpose of my 1/3 of Second artistic research – that included numerous fields, such as neuromarketing, consumer behaviour, trends, personalized design, and neuroscience – was to answer the following major question: why, and how much, do we consume today, and what could be done differently, more consciously.

In the process of the research, I have concluded that the ethical values of jewellery are more important to me than aesthetical ones. The latter, by the way, change and fade away very quickly, together with trends, fast consumption, and a human desire to own yet more and more. That’s why the collection speaks for immoderate consumption rather than the importance of jewellery aesthetics.

A Single-Artwork Exhibition by Misshapen

Photo – courtesy of Lina Jushke ©

Why did you choose a crown as your single collection object?

The crown has been created while rethinking the historical aspect and roots of jewellery, as well as my own perception of the importance of jewellery today. I designed it as a collection of artefacts, where the history and natural elements – such as shells, tree branches, nails, and horns – intertwine with what they are meant to protect from witches, snakes, and demons.

A crown is a historically significant symbol of luxury, power, and status. To ironize certain “royal” facts – that’s why I chose a crown as a symbol to sum up my artistic research, for the MISSHAPEN crown embodies the other side of the history of jewellery, it cannot be acquired, or owned.

A Single-Artwork Exhibition by Misshapen

MISSHAPEN It is a signal. The one sent by pairing together a human body with a unique on-body object. Loose in form but strong in the message, MISSHAPEN handmade objects may require a body full of open-yet-sure personality. Well. That is the way your signal breaks through the ordinary glamour noise.

MISSHAPEN emerged out of the idea that the beauty of jewellery should not be framed or reflect traditional aesthetical values. As the idea evolved, the literal meaning of “misshapen” transited from the level of matter to the one of approach – so MISSHAPEN could be our perception of what is beautiful, and what is not, rather than just slightly weird jewellery. Today, it is an approach to misshapen consumer habits that questions the impact of neuromarketing to our unconscious desires and emotion-based decisions to act, i.e. to buy.

The curators: Milena Černiakaitė and Aušra Trakšelytė.

Graphic design: Marek Voida

The exhibition is partly funded by Vilnius City Municipality and the Lithuanian Council for Culture.

The exhibition will be open from 12 June to 17 February 2023. The exhibition can be viewed 24/7.