This year at art KARLSRUHE, Meno Niša is presenting two famous Lithuania artists Kestutis Svirnelis (kinetic objects) and Jolanta Kyzikaite (painting). Both of them have experience of participating in international exhibitions, art fairs and residencies abroad.
Kęstutis Svirnelis (b. 1976) lives and works in Germany. Following a degree in sculpture from Vilnius Academy of Art (Lithuania), Svirnelis pursued postgraduate studies at the State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart. The artist has already organised seven personal exhibitions and works throughout the world, exhibiting in England, Austria, Turkey, South Korea, Poland, the US as well as Germany and Lithuania. Meno Niša has successfully presented Svirnelis’ work at art fairs ArVerona, ArtVilnius, Positions Berlin and Vienna Contemporary.
In his oeuvre, Svirnelis explores themes of universal relevance. His moving, kinetic objects unsettle the viewer, the artist’s intention is to put one in a position that is ambiguous and uncanny. He is provocative in his use of ideas, materials and forms, evocative of emotion and movement. His express goal is to activate one’s thinking about systems of values.
Jolanta Kyzikaitė (born 1980) has been actively participating in exhibitions since 2003 with 8 solo exhibitions and more than 60 group exhibitions in Lithuania and abroad.
Jolanta Kyzikaitė is the winner of the Young Painter Prize 2010 and is actively participating in “Artist in residence” programmes. The author has been successfully presented by the Meno Niša Gallery at art fairs in Vilnius, Budapest, Köln and Moscow. Some of Jolanta Kyzikaitė’s works have been acquired by the Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius, Walter Bischoff Museum in Germany, MO museum, Lewben Art Foundation and private collectors.
Jolanta Kyzikaitė likes painting in series which are developed along various themes. Several years ago, the artist took a fancy to the game topic and its development in the art of painting. There is an obvious dominance of the placard and comics style in her canvases. This aesthetics helps the artist transpose fragments of the surrounding environment on the canvas and shape new meanings.