Photographer Tadas Černiauskas
Hi, Tadas, it’s great to talk to you a bit more. What are you doing at the moment? What are you interested in?
Hey, it’s also great for me to answer your questions. Recently, I had a very interesting chance to create branding of a bar and I was involved in everything from its name to the interior. So I spent the last moth sketching logos, drawing in the interior and looking after the whole course of the project. There was a lot of new experience. It’s really great. And on the whole, I’m still throwing myself from client to client but a need for a more consistent business is already brewing. In addition, I am interested in street art and more precisely I’m interested in drawings — paintings of big/huge format in city spaces. I am trying to understand how and where from they get the funds and how and who is organizing this.
Last time we met was when you were just finishing your studies. Almost two years have gone by. Can you tell us what changed? Did you manage to find what you were searching for?
The field itself found me more than I found it. I am happy about drawings on walls and interior art the most. But there are more wishes as well. It’s just that, for now, I am only building the foundation and the stairs for it. You won’t get to the top right away but it’s important to move forward. What changed after the academy graduation? Well, when I was finishing the studies, I was full of enthusiasm. I created huge paintings on walls, thought and planned what people need and what art gives to them and so on. I believed in deep and meaningful ideas. However, after graduation I was thrown into a more realistic life, where parents don’t support you financially anymore and you need to stand on your feet yourself. So I needed to work and all of those sensitive ideas about art collapsed for a while. I did not know how to make a living from art. We were taught to create art in the academy but they did not teach us how to bring our ideas to market. So, after graduation I am still learning and combining work with art. Now I am a lot more calm and happier because I discovered that everything is possible only by having personal experience. And I also understood that dreams come true only if you don’t forget them long enough and constantly devote your attention and your energy to them.
How do you think artworks of a young artist differs in Eastern Europe and in Western Europe?
How do they differ?.. Eastern European artist’s pieces will mostly be more sad, grey and more constrained and depressive. Though, on the other hand, they can also be way more calm, real, deep and basically more meaningful than the Western majority and its superficiality. I can see such tendencies. With loads of exceptions ;)
Would you say that artists copy way too much nowadays?
Every artist is different and everyone is exceptional. We all copy on a certain level but definitely not all of them can be called artists. It’s important where that copying takes you.
We know that earlier you were working with minuscule graphics, street art and decorating. Are you still using different techniques and expressions or can we say that you chose one technique/field that is the closest to you?
I am still using various techniques. I make money for living out of wall decorating but my heart is leaning towards street art and huge drawings/paintings in the city.
We heard that, at the moment, there is no shortage of commercial orders for you as well. Is it difficult to combine personal wishes and creative goals with work? Are there any interesting projects that you are working on?
As I told in the beginning, I work with bar interior and this job is interesting and rich. It’s rich in the artistic, creative meaning as well as financially. On the whole, there is always some work to do, though the situation could be a bit more stable. However, I am dreaming about a one huge creative social street art project. I want to organize a movement of big format paintings on walls in Lithuanian towns and cities. I would like to create huge paintings not only in Vilnius, Kaunas or Klaipėda but also bring art to smaller towns. I want to begin to revive public art that is accessible to everyone and free. I am looking for supporters and ways to do it.
Where do you get your inspiration from? What has the most influence on you?
From other people’s creation and energy but the biggest inspiration is to fulfil yourself, when you do it you become very happy and calm.
How would you describe the influence of new technologies and the Internet? Is this important to you?
The Internet has a huge influence on me. If there were no Internet, I would not have chosen visual arts because I only decided to go to an academy after seeing drawings on walls on the Internet. And now it still often helps me, although often it’s just in the way. It’s a truly great tool but you have to be careful with it. As much the Internet encouraged my creation in the beginning, that much it is destroying it right now. When you are creating something of your own, you become very picky and often begin to copy without realizing yourself and later you understand that this is a copy, not your idea. All in all, you need to keep a clear line between yourself and that massive source of thoughts and information. If I give in to it, I can’t keep track of my thoughts. I am really not a fan of technologies, although I keep seeing a growing technologies’ influence on people. It’s quite a confusing. There is also a growing tendency to copy and mix everything. You become the Internet DJ. All in all, my job would be way more difficult without the Internet, though maybe more original. Who knows..
What do you think about interdisciplinary work practise and art combining various disciplines?
I know that it’s important, a lot of people say that, but I don’t use it that much while working on my art. Maybe I should… Sometimes you don’t want to run around different disciplines, or how folks say – “nine jobs at the same time and the tenth are famine”. I want to be a professional of my field.
If you had to describe your dream, where would you like to see yourself after five years? What would you do and with what ideas would live?
Hmm… Good question. But I could not really answer that because it might just go ahead and come true. It’s important to know what you want. So, I am still going to think about it.