HangART–7 Edition 19: The Baltic States

TIDES OF CHANGE

New art from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

In 2011 the HangART-7 art program is focussing on contemporary art from Eastern Europe. After Poland in spring and the Czech Republic in summer, autumn now ushers in the Baltic states. From October 1 to mid-November, 2011, Hangar-7 will present current painting from the three Baltic countries of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia under the title TIDES OF CHANGE. The Artistic Director and curator of the HangART-7 art program, Lioba Reddeker, together with the co-curator Simon Rees, have invited ten artists.

“In popular imagination the three Baltic States – Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania – are one-and-the-same, located somewhere to the north and somewhere to the East of central Europe. While the exhibition’s title refers to the three nations’ common coastline, it reveals fascinating aspects of cultural difference inasmuch as it depicts a shared imaginary. A dominant theme in the exhibition is the development in the work of young artists of a very personal vision that is ambivalent to public symbolism typical of previous generations of art making (associated with the Communist era). Presenting the work of 10 artists from Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania the exhibition TIDES OF CHANGE offers a glimpse of the Baltic States through its contemporary art – today.” – co-curator Simon Rees.

Works are being shown by:

Konstantinas Bogdanas (born 1961, Lithuania), Andris Eglītis (born 1981, Latvia), Merike Estna (born 1980, Estonia), Daiga Krūze (born 1980, Latvia), Inga Meldere (born 1979, Latvia), Alina Melnikova (born 1983, Lithuania), Tõnis Saadoja (born 1980, Estonia), Eglė Ulčickaitė (born 1989, Lithuania), Andris Vitolinš (born 1975, Latvia) und Andrius Zakarauskas (born 1982, Lithuania).

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Merike Estna, Seascape, 2009, oil on canvas, 300 x 240 cm
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Merike Estna, Landscape 17, 2011, oil on canvas, 50 x 41 cm
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Daiga Krūze, Sky Behind, 2009, mixed media on canvas, 150 x 200 cm
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Daiga Krūze, The Birches, 2008, oil on canvas, 150 x 200 cm
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Inga Meldere, Doughter of executioner, 2011, Oil on canvas, 54 x 32 cm
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Inga Meldere, Hommage to Richard Tuttle, 2011, Oil on canvas, 29 x 41 cm
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Alina Melnikova, Your Prognosis of the Past in my supposed time Line, 2010, oil on canvas, 120 x 92 cm
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Alina Melnikova, Family Photo, 2010, oil on canvas, 90 x 110 cm
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Tõnis Saadoja, Hometown Tallinn No. 67, 2007-2008, watercolour on paper, 21 x 29,7
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Tõnis Saadoja, Hometown Tallinn No. 92, 2007-2008, watercolour on paper, 21 x 29,7
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Eglé Ulčickaité, The Midday, 2011, oil on canvas, 170 x 140 cm
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Eglé Ulčickaité, She has her concerns on earth, 2010, oil on canvas, 70 x 80 cm
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Andris Vitolinš, Fragmentation II, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 90 x 130 cm
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Andris Vitolinš, He is moving, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 150 cm
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Andrius Zakarauskas, Painting of landscape by painting way (bigger than me), 2010, oil on canvas, 190 x 180 cm
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Andrius Zakarauskas, Painting of landscape by painting way (burnt), 2011, oil on canvas, 130 x 131cm
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Konstantinas Bogdanas, Reverse, 2011, Metal typographic cliche letters, h: 4,5 cm (each)
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Konstantinas Bogdanas, Lawrence Weiner artwork and Austrian National Flag Colors Mixed Together, 2011, Laser print on paper, 22 x 30,7 cm (A4 framed), acrylic on canvas, 50x75 cm
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Andris Eglītis, Luxury Replica” (“… and the highest pine trees after they break…”), 5 x 5 m
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Andris Eglītis, Painting from series Earthworks, 2011, mineralpigments, acrylic on wooden panel, 197 x 146cm

Further information

Exhibition period and opening hours

October 1 to mid-November, 2011

Open daily 9 am to 10 pm

Konstantinas Bogdanas (*1961)

Konstantinas Bogdanas evolved from a painter into a concept artist. He works with witty comments and conceptual wordplays that take no explicit form and are reminiscent of the working methods of Lawrence Weiner and the Art & Language and General Idea artists' collectives.

For this exhibition, the artist has affixed the inscription "Reverse" to the Hangar-7 glass facade. It was stuck to the inside of the building and can be read from the outside in a mirror image. The work is a reference to his long-term project of scrutinizing his own artistic status and, at the same time, asserting himself at a higher level as an "artist" – a clear, deliberate contradiction in itself.

Andris Eglītis (*1981)

For many years, Andris Eglītis has devoted himself to precisely observing his environment. Focusing initially on the interior areas of his living and working environment and city street scenarios, which are meticulously shown in his painting, his interest has recently shifted towards the countryside and landscape painting with a color palette that corresponds to this environment.

In Eglītis' new pictures, the colors of the earth – shades of slate, brown, somber olive green, misty gray – reach into the sky, so that the horizon and thus the traditional structure of the picture are lost.

Merike Estna (*1980)

Merike Estna's paintings impress because of their very virtuoso, expressively moving brush strokes that give the pictures an expressive, abstract character. Sometimes, at least in those paintings that are recognizably landscapes, the trees, horizon lines and topographical shapes become pictorially objective indicators in masses of color that flow, burst forth and entwine.

The artist has developed a style which, in a parallel movement of personal experience and pictorial development, has moved conceptual aspects into the foreground. The painting itself has become the content and the medium for self-questioning.

Daiga Krūze (*1980)

Landscapes and in particular the forest have a particular significance for Daiga Krūze and her visual world. She doesn't need to search online for models or ideas, says the artist herself, because she has all that before her in the forest. The noises and tones of nature make her perceive the color as sound, which she then paints. Sounds of sunrise is thus also one of her picture titles.

The pictures created in this way are only obligated to traditional landscape painting as regards the genre, because these are not artistically structured copies of the landscape. They are better understood as landscape portraits, arising from the interplay of various color sounds.

Inga Meldere (*1979)

Inga Meldere's pictures are a mixture of film snapshots, photographs and illustrations, as if they were taken from a fairy tale. But the scenes of her pictures are not a documentation, nor do they tell a particular story. She is not concerned with describing a situation, but more with examining the connections between the figure and the story, between the artist and the viewer and the theme of the relationships between people.

In Inga Meldere's paintings, pastel shades and bright areas of color mix together to create an original combination, only broken by areas in which the drawing, the form, become more significant.

Alina Melnikova (*1983)

The color red lies like a veil over Alina Melnikova's pictures, sometimes strongly, sometimes just in very delicate traces of color. Revealing the white of the canvas toward the edges, the red color forms figurative details in the center. Forms can be recognized, with large eyes, long eyelashes and heart-shaped lips, some wearing masks, hairs mutating into mushroom-like growths, body parts blurring into organic shapes. It is a surreal setting into which Melnikova's pictures take us.

The artist deals with stereotypes, ideal images, lifestyles and subcultures – with the patterns that a society forms to reduce complexity.

Tõnis Saadoja (*1980)

It is a generally widespread conception that painting is a medium concerned with the colorful, subjective, expressionist and romantic depiction of an object. In the 90-part series Hometown Tallinn (2007-2008), Tõnis Saadoja refutes this view. Inspired by a street painter whom he met each day in the tourist streets of the old medieval city of Tallinn, he created a post-modern, picaresque picture of the Estonian capital that is his home. On the one hand, the work is an internal analysis of the history and theory of Post-War painting, a subject that had been blanked out in the time of the Soviet Union. On the other hand, it is also an attempt to enter into a dialog with a traditional visual language.

Eglė Ulčickaitė (*1989)

Eglė Ulčickaitė's nostalgic pictures seem like winter landscapes. Perhaps because longing and winter are such good companions, her works seem complete in their melancholy simplicity. This nostalgic mood is accompanied by a glimpse into the past, which, for the artist, mainly means family and childhood memories. The alleged recall of events that she does not know and tries to understand also shapes her visual concepts.

Her pastel-colored images do not simply follow minimalist concepts. Ulčickaitė adds vitality to the scenes with just a few elements which, in turn, emphasize the feeling of nostalgia.

Andris Vitolinš (*1975)

He is fascinated by humanity, writes Andris Vitolinš. And yet he paints objects created by human hands, rather than people. His preferred motifs are industrial landscapes and technical objects: diagrammatic factory buildings, piping entwined into an infinite labyrinth, revealed building structures, oil pumps, cars.

Vitolinš photographs houses and objects that he encounters on his travels and in everyday life, and researches their history.

In the painting process, the objects are artistically shaped and are given a new face. Only on close observation can the original photograph still be seen.

Andrius Zakarauskas (*1982)

The sliced, layered pictorial surfaces of Andrius Zakarauskas look like painted collages or sections from pictures that have been fragmented and put back together again. They often show parts of figures and objects that make us think of figurative paintings in the traditional perception of images. Only the visual logic of the complete image shifts the perceptual boundary from the representational zone into that area that makes the pictures seem ambiguous. The application of color, the composition, the omissions, the brushstrokes and even the titles become symbols which turn the surface of the picture into a text area.

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