‘To be or not to be’
3rd – 22nd February
Opening launch Thursday 2nd feb. 7-9pm
The Green Room Cafe at The Black Box, presents an exhibition by Slovakian born, Belfast based artist Lenka Davidikova. ‘To be or not to be’ explores the idea of searching for an interpretation of the human condition; through introspection, and relationships with others. There is a sense of attraction to alienated, displaced characters in Davidikova’s drawings. These characters often display a lack of fear of being judged or expelled from their surroundings. Davidikova does not aim to create fixed images, guided by concentrated, focused attention; rather, she aims to be guided by active but unfocused attention, resulting in correspondences guided by ‘unconscious scanning’. The versatile ability of charcoal and graphite allows Davidikova to capture both gestures and emotions. It is the immediate action this medium offers that Davidikova is drawn to.
Lenka Davidikova was born in 1980 in Dolny Kubin, in former Czechoslovakia. As a result she was exposed to both Czech and Slovakian culture during her upbringing. Since 2006 she has been living in Belfast, Northern Ireland. In 2012 Davidikova graduated from the University of Ulster, in Fine Art. The experience of growing up amidst the transformation from a communist state, to that of a more democratic system, and subsequent cross-cultural relocations, substantially impact her work. After her studies she became an exhibiting artist in the Mullan Gallery, Belfast, and subsequently in the Engine Room Gallery, Belfast. At the moment, she is an exhibiting artist in ArtisAnn Gallery, Belfast. Her artwork has been shown at the “Chroma” Exhibition, London in 2016. Davidikova’s work was chosen to be displayed at the RUA 133rd annual exhibition, which led to her artwork being featured in the Sunday Times Culture magazine. She has also taken part at the Royal West of England annual exhibition in Bristol in the last two years.