´Two Bowlines (under a strain)´, 2015, sculptural installation, mixed media (ceramic sculptures and tiles, plexi glass, wood, steel, foam, rubber), dimensions variable
'Running Bowline', 2015, video still
Born Kaunas (LT), 1984
Ruta Butkute liberates objects. She strips them of their functional trappings identifying them as furniture, tools or machines. These ready-mades still carry the marks of their industrial origin but they no longer are merely utilitarian servants in the human world. The objects have become autonomous and animated. Viewers are forced to redefine their relationship with them.
For RijksakademieOpen 2015 Butkute is upping the ante by adding the human body to her sculptural display. An actor enters into an intuitive exchange with an object, an almost ritualistic choreographic movement of action and reaction which is solely defined by sculptural terms such as weight, mass and gravity. Body and object merge, effectively objectifying the body vis a vis the animated object.
The title of the work, Two Bowlines (under a strain), refers to a maritime knot, a technique used to bind two ropes together in order to withstand force. Poetry and tension go hand in hand.