Eastern European puppet films


LVA's Artebella On The Radio August 1, 2019

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We regret the archive recording begins about 20 minutes into the broadcast.

Suzi Zimmerer, Juli Edberg, Nancy Currier, & Keith Kleespies together form ZECK, and they are exhibiting at Pyro beginning August 1. This week on LVA's Artebella On The Radio: what the HECK is ZECK. Tune in Thursday at 10am on WXOX 97.1 FM, or stream on Artxfm.com.

ZECK Featuring Suzi Zimmerer, Juli Edberg, Nancy Currier, and Keith Kleespies
Pyro Gallery Show dates: August 1 - September 7, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday August 2, 6-9 p.m. Gallery Talk: Sunday August 4, 1 p.m.

Suzi Zimmerer:  Not many of us are old enough to recall the name of Marian Etz, the actress and singer who, hailed for her exotic looks, played the boards of Eastern Europe in the 1930’s. Unfortunately for us, very few notices, programs, or photos survive. Marian is celebrated here in four of her most loved performances.

Please also enjoy four drawings made from the Museum of Imaginary Ethnography.

Juli Edberg: I am attracted to the peculiar, the geometric, the humorous, and words. The shape idea comes first. Then I create inkjet-printed paper that looks wonderful when cut up and glued onto cardboard tiles. Then these tiles are tied together.  A sculpture is formed. Like a PUZZLE! Graphic design and fashion design are combined. My airiness becomes solid.

Nancy Currier:  My past year’s adventure in art started with one happy little family of pieces who got wanderlust and began to roam about. They ventured into foreign territories and saw exciting new things - in color, in size, in material. “We like these,” they said. And decided to bring it all home with them. There the newcomers quickly settled in and became part of the family until, weeks later, they too got wanderlust and set off. It became a repeating cycle, and that’s how the happy little family kept growing. You can meet them.

Keith Kleespies: The expressionist power of East European puppet films has long intrigued and inspired me. Back in the days when there was film, I made numerous live action and animated puppet films and thought it was time to return to them. As there is no film to shoot now, I am presenting the work as an installation. The narrative is based loosely on the life of the Polish artist, Andrzej Kuhn [1929-2014].