Temnikova & Kasela is pleased to present Kaido Ole’s solo exhibition “All Together” comprising three new works and three paintings previously shown at the Latvian National Museum of Art in Riga in 2019.
Kaido Ole: All Together
12 June – 16 August, 2020
Temnikova & Kasela, Tallin
In the series, Ole finds himself in a museum dressed in overalls putting together an imaginary exhibition which brings together works by his Estonian colleagues, international contemporaries and modern classics. With help from various invented characters from his own oeuvre over the years, Ole performs the roles of an artist, curator, installer and museum director.
I have never had a big party where all my good friends and acquaintances could convene at once. Many people organise these quite often, not only for anniversaries. But parties, especially if I am the host, are really not my thing. At the same time friendship and like-mindedness, connection with those close to me and with people who’ve stuck in my memory for some reason, are important to me too and were just waiting for their moment and the right form to get together. Instead of booking a restaurant or setting a table at home, I put the whole company with me in a song. There is also the bonus that in this way both the living and the dead can come together, both the real and the imagined. Such a party has no usual boundaries, and in fact this here is not a party at all, but being together in a gallery or in a museum even, where the walls are full of picassos, miroods and toomiks.
The band Jamiroquai once had a record and song "Traveling Without Moving" and this title still haunts me, and there is something similar in these paintings for me. The impossible becomes possible surprisingly easily, the line between the real and the fiction blurs and, without saying anything, many stories get told.
P.S. At first I made three such paintings of being together for my last year's exhibition in Riga, and now I’ve painted three more, it seems like this series or, in other words, meeting is probably not over quite yet.
Kaido Ole (b. 1963) lives and works in Tallinn. He studied design and painting at the Estonian Academy of Arts from 1982 to 1992 and has worked at the Academy as a drawing and painting teacher and as a professor in the painting department (2003-2010). He has been a freelance artist from 2010 onwards, having been featured at exhibitions since 1989. In 2003, he represented Estonia at the 50th Venice Biennale, appearing together with Marko Mäetamm under the alias John Smith.
Conceptual painting is at the centre of Kaido Ole’s work. Even though his large paintings are intricately calculated and even seem machinemade, he is in fact also interested in mistakes that occur during the handicraft and painting process. Ole’s theatrical and controversial plots always combine techniques from different painting styles, from geometric abstractionism to pop art and nouveau réalisme.
(Text by Anneli Porri)
Kaido Ole is a member of the Estonian Artists’ Association. He has received the Kristjan Raud (1998), Konrad Mägi (2012) and the Cultural Endowment of Estonia (1999 and 2005) annual art prizes and the Order of the White Star III class amongst other awards. Ole’s works are held in the collections of the Art Museum of Estonia, Tartu Art Museum, Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia, the European Parliament, the ABLV Bank collection for the Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art and the Angerlehner Museum.
A selection of recent and upcoming solo and group exhibitions includes "A Sparrow in the Hand" with Benjamin Badock in Tallinn Art Hall Gallery in autumn 2020, a solo retrospective "Dance at the Lonely Hearts Club" in Latvian National Museum of Art in Riga (2019), “Related by Sister Languages. Estonian-Hungarian Contemporary Art Exhibition”, Ludwig Museum, Budapest (2018); "Blind Date", Triumph Gallery, Moscow (2017); "Nogank Hoparniis", Tallinn Art Hall (2016); "The New Building", Tartu Art Museum; "The Meaning of Life", with Marko Mäetamm, FUGA, Budapest (2015); "Freaks", Tallinn Art Hall Gallery; "Typical Individuals", Tartu Art Museum; "100 Painters of Tomorrow", One Art Space, New York (2014); "...oh, and also...", Temnikova & Kasela, Tallinn (2013); "Archaeology and the Future of Estonian Art Scenes", Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn; 2003-2011, Novy Museum, Saint Petersburg; "Handsome Hero and Plenty of Still Lifes", Kumu Art Museum; "Collection of Desires. Privatized Art", Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn (2012).