Sometimes two, sometimes many more, the BB series comes in a variety of formats. Here, some fifty silver balloons are grouped together, squaring the space with symmetrical, drawn lines. In this room of mirrors and stroboscopic lighting effects, the many reflections confuse our landmarks. The boundaries between installation and space become blurred. Our compass goes astray. There’s no more top, no more bottom. Tadao Cern’s work is reminiscent of the obsessions of the minimalist artists of the 1960s and 70s, such as repetition, the use of monochrome colors and symmetry. Here, however, he makes a surprising shift by incorporating sounds from nature into his installation. The contrast between the visual and the aural reinforces the feeling of disorientation.
Tadas Cerniauskas aka Tadao Cern was born in 1983, graduating in 2009 from Vilnius Gediminas Technical University with a Master’s degree in Architecture. He currently lives and works in Vilnius, Lithuania. In 2011, he switched from architecture to photography and in 2016, he decided to move towards a more conceptual form of artistic expression with new plastic and sculptural projects such as his BB series, an artwork selected by the Balloon Museum for the Let’s Fly exhibition in New York. The artist now exhibits his creations worldwide and currently showcases his creations on a global scale.