What if we try to give space to the silence of our ego? Karolis Strautniekas tries it unceasingly in his compositions, men alone who are interrogated from the depths, trying to find out something from the surrounding environment. They can be disturbing landscapes, or so harmless to look stale in time, and yet it’s always what’s out of us to look like ourselves. Strautniekas’s illustrations are brilliant in the idea, yet inexorably flat in their representation.
They may seem to be odd, impenetrable, and sometimes so enveloping, to make us soak in his fantastic world. It is unavoidable to empathize with the world of Strautniekas, too many times we have found ourselves as inert luggage at the airport, suitcases of ourselves, contemplating the moment, surprise us with a world that seems absolutely indifferent to our feelings. It is never a question of colors, it is not a code that Karnelis asks us to support, there are no strict rules to follow to its meanings, and this makes Strautniekas a surfer of the soul, able to remain light on the weight of world.
Karolis Strautniekas is a freelance illustrator, working and living in Vilnius, Lithuania. Having finished his studies at the Fine Arts Academy in Vilnius (2011) he then began working in creative industries such as advertisement, animation and graphic design. In 2013 he really tooks a focus to illustration and so commenced by career as a freelance illustrator.
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