“Antanas Kazakauskas. Everything is programmed”

Designer: Tadas Karpavičius

Client: Vilniaus grafikos meno centras, 2022

In the book "Antanas Kazakauskas. Everything is programmed" presents for the first time the creative biography of the first graduate graphic designer: from the first advertising projects created in the 1960s, examples of book series design, foreign collages arranged by software, experiments in graphic design for the magazine "Our Nature", to the sheets of abstract graphics never seen in public. The author of the book, design historian Karolina Jakaitė, talks about the most mysterious hero she met while researching the history of Lithuanian graphic design in the second half of the 20th century. The book is based on years of artistic research. It was initiated by Jakaitė, who was invited by the family that protects the artist's legacy. The book's artistic editor, Julijus Balčikonis, was also one of the curators of the exhibition held at the Vilnius Graphic Art Centre. Graphic designer Tadas Karpavičius was also involved in the project. More artists were involved in the creative process: they are listed on the title pages of the publication. The creators of the exhibition and the book, involved in detective and reconstructive processes, tried to reveal the wholeness of Kazakauskas's creativity: to see the codes, repetitions, various coincidences, and signs, as if they had been programmed by Kazakauskas. In 1962, his choice to be the first to defend his diploma thesis in advertising graphics seemed to be a coincidence, but in the end his importance and brightness as a forerunner became apparent. The book contains more than 300 illustrations, including reproductions, drawings and sketches, as well as valuable contemporary photographs and archival documents. The textual and visual narratives are divided into 7 chapters, which also include memories of contemporaries, photographic documentation of the exhibition, and a comprehensive catalogue of the works. The design of the book was inspired by the grids, rhythms and codes of Kazakauskas's graphic design, incorporating quotations from his works and signs. The book is bilingual - in Lithuanian and English. It is published by the Vilnius Graphic Art Centre in collaboration with the Vilnius Academy of Arts.