Broken Tale – Kasia Zimnoch & Pawel Kleszczewski
Red Couch Space
Zuzana Jezikova – Glimpse of a Forgotten Past
Spring sees myths, legends and folklore take over The Courthouse Gallery with new work from Kasia Zimnoch & Pawel Kleszczewski, and local artist Zuzana Jezikova.
Opening at 8pm Friday 3rd March, both exhibitions run until 22nd April
Kasia Zimnoch & Pawel Kleszczewski will also hold an animation workshop for artists on Saturday 4th March from 11am to 5pm. For details and booking information, visit the event page here.
Kasia Zimnoch & Pawel Kleszczewski are a duo of Polish filmmakers who have been living in Cavan since town 2012. Their background is in visual arts and art history, and they create animations based on mythology, folklore, and legend. In their work they combine their artistic experience with elements of art history, ethnology and cultural anthropology.They create complex worlds of art which include many elements: animation, drawing, painting and prints.
Their method of working is based on extensive cultural research of theoretical material which relates to the subject they are working on; they seek legends, myths, local stories, scientific studies. Their most recent animation, Broken Tale, has been screened at film festivals in Ireland and abroad. It was a finalist in the final of International Visual Arts Festival in Spiracje Szczecin, Poland (2016), and qualified for the 28th International Film Festival in Girona, at Stockholm Fringe Festival (STOFF) in 2016 and the Enniskillen Visual Arts Open (2016).
In 2016 the pair were invited to participate in the Baboró International Arts Festival for Children in Galway. Recent residencies include while include Smedbyn, Sweden (2015) and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig (2014).
Zuzana Jezikova is a visual artist of Czech and Slovak origin, currently living in Co. Clare. She studied graphic and stage design at the Professional School of Arts in Prague, and also holds an honours degree in art and design from Limerick School of Art and Design (LSAD), where she graduated from the Department of Ceramics. She works in various media, creating wide range of work, from paper collages to ceramic sculptures.
Her recent work is inspired by Celtic mythology and legends, the stories that people were telling and passing on to each other while sitting around fires, the impact of their storytelling strengthened by the contrast of fire light and the surrounding darkness.
To express this concept, Zuzana creates ceramic lamps and sculptures. She uses different types of clay (predominantly black stoneware and porcelain) and combines them with other materials in a reference to Irish ancient heritage.