Exhibition time: 17 02–19 03 2023
Venue: Meno Parkas Gallery (Rotušės a. 27, 44279 Kaunas, Lithuania)
On the 17th of February, on Friday, at 6 PM, in gallery “Meno Parkas” exhibition "Overdrive", which will present works by Kazimieras Brazdžiūnas and Kristijonas Žungaila, is opening.
You can sense it. So synthetic, yet so natural. You just don't want to name it, because it will become obvious that there is a problem, and problems should be dealt with. If we start handling the problems, we might burn out. You have to stay on that fragile, almost transparent line. We become completely addicted to the drama of life, stable instability, and intensity. Feelings of duality - in some ways all is the same, in some ways just absolutely different. As you try to narrow your horizons and find the common denominator it might seem to become easier. Only coercion becomes that motive. Violence against the creator himself (quoting K. Žungaila), violence by tearing out an old motif and forcing it into a sterile space. If you had the chance to become that motive, you would either go insane or feel bliss. Very obviously one is beautiful and the other is rough. All this just leads to hysteria. Maybe you want to be torn out of your environment and sprayed onto a clean canvas, maybe you want a fragment of yourself to be among the abundant compositions that signal anxiety, tension, and aggression, sometimes thick, and sometimes vanishing in front of your eyes. Maybe the expression depersonalized stroke stuck in your head becomes a strange aspiration, you want to be that too - depersonalized. Because both this sterility and this overload seem to be signs of overdrive - from beauty, from ugliness, from reality, from the past, from canons, from childhood icons, and especially from us.
Kazimieras Brazdžiūnas (b. 1991, Kaunas) – painter, curator. In 2018 the artist received a master's degree in painting at the Vilnius Academy of Arts. Since 2012 the artist curates and participates in group exhibitions and art projects. His work has been exhibited in more than thirty exhibitions in such galleries as "Vartai", "The Rooster Gallery", "Pamėnkalnis gallery", "Meno parkas" and elsewhere. In 2018 he founded the art platform of young Lithuanian painters "Counter-Argument". In 2021 Brazdžiūnas won the special mention of the Young Painter’s Prize. The artist's works have been acquired by Lewben Art Foundation, MO Museum, and other private collectors.
Kristijonas Žungaila (b. 1993, Vilnius) – painter. In 2018 the artist received a master's degree in painting at the Vilnius Academy of Arts. Since 2016 the artist participates in exhibitions, and since 2019 is a member of the LAA painting section. His works were exhibited in such galleries as "Vartai", "Meno parkas" and elsewhere. The artist is also actively working in the field of cinema, participating in set design in various international projects.
Text author: Emilija Vanagaitė
Curators: Vita Opolskytė-Brazdžiūnienė ir Emilija Vanagaitė
The exhibition is supported by the Lithuanian Council for Culture, Lithuanian Artists' Association and Vilnius Academy of Arts.