The exhibition brings together the installation "Husa" by Mari-Leen Kiipli and series of photo collag-es "Crystal Grid" by Paul Kuimet. The installation by Mari-Leen, first created for Haapsalu City Gal-lery and exhibited in July fills the Kogo Gallery and expands to the yard of the Widget Factory. Series "Crystal Grid" by Paul Kuimet was first shown at the Tallinn Art Hall in Paul Kuimet's and Mihkel Ilus' exhibition "Endless Story" that was curated by Siim Preiman.
MARI-LEEN KIIPLI "Husa" & PAUL KUIMET: "Crystal Grid"
5 August – 5 September, 2020
Kogo Gallery, Tartu, Estonia
Mari-Leen Kiipli's installation "Husa" depicts a fantastic garden. It consists of car windows, bent ar-mature, concrete, dripping water, second-hand jewellery, lace boots, Ensis shells, twining plants of Ipomoea genus, runner beans and raspberries. Mari-Leen describes her installation "Husa" as "a grove filled with thoughts, ideas and feelings as different poses, inspired by the lush urban and natu-ral landscape. The installation creates a scene carried by night winds, emotional mazes, cars, build-ing lots, flying insects and movement of plants." Mari-Leen seems to be interested in the connection of thoughts, ideas and feelings with the landscape and the spirit of different life forms.
The series "Crystal Grid" by Paul Kuimet consists of twelve photo collages combining photographs of tropical plants taken in the botanical gardens of Tallinn, Brussels, Glasgow, Brooklyn, Frankfurt and the Bronx. Kuimet uses the chemical magic of analogue photography to record the light condi-tions of greenhouses around the world. The artist has then cut the photos with a laser, following the structural pattern of the Crystal Palace's central transept. The Crystal Palace was built at Hyde Park in London for the Great Exhibition in 1851, and it was designed by Joseph Paxton, known as a gar-dener. It was the largest glass building of his time. To achieve a glassy surface on the collages, Paul has coated them with epoxy resin. As a result of this delicate and labour-intensive process, these works contain many associations, ideas and references to history and technology. Similar to his re-cent essay-film "Material Aspects" (2020), Kuimet's "Crystal Grid" relates to the history of modern-ist glass architecture from the Crystal Palace to the present day hinting at the metaphorical connec-tions of glass architecture to global capitalism, social structures and modern life.
The dialogue between Paul Kuimet and Mari-Leen Kiipli that is developing in the exhibition at Kogo Gallery, includes thoughts about different connections and balances between humans, man-made environment and plant life. Buildings created for plants, plants that take over the neglected urban landscape, crumbling unused concrete, new houses and gardens, order, flow, fantasy, beauty, light. As did 19th-century architecture critic Richard Lucae see in the Crystal Palace the ethereality of the barriers between us and the landscape, the disappearance of boundaries between interior and exte-rior*, so does Mari-Leen Kiipli's work often convey the blurring of boundaries between human and nature, focusing on sensations and body awareness while being in a state of active and dynamic rela-tion to one’s surrounding – the state that is perhaps best for the perception of art and the environ-ment in general, as well as for any creative process, whether it takes place in a laboratory, studio or somewhere else.
*Richard Lucae: "As in a Crystal there is no longer any true interior or exterior. The barrier erected between us and the landscape is almost ethereal. If we imagine that air can be poured like a liquid, then it has, here, achieved a solid form, after the removal of the mould into which it was poured. We find ourselves within a cut-out segment of atmosphere. It is, in my opinion, extraordinarily difficult to arrive at a clear perception of the effect of form and scale in this incorporeal space." – A quote found by Paul Kuimet, which was used in the exhibition "Endless Story" by Paul Kuimet and Mihkel Ilus, curated by Siim Preiman in the Tallinn Art Hall. The digital guide and virtual tour of the show are available on the website of Tallinn Art Hall https://www.kunstihoone.ee.
The oeuvre of Mari-Leen Kiipli (b. 1988) contains photographs, videos and installations that focus mainly on the unspoken, cognitive qualities of spaces and situations. With her inventive and fasci-nating installations, she sharpens the viewer's attention to light, transparency, reflections, shadows, colour, sharpness, texture, movement, sound and other perceptible qualities. To do this, she uses various materials, found objects, plants, slow-motion videos. Mari-Leen's best-known works are the video installation "One-on-One" (2017) multimedia installation "Passiflora" (2017) and the video work "Fish That Swallows the Earth / Particles That Dance in the Sunrays" for the first time exhibit-ed at Kogo Gallery in 2018.
In addition to the exhibition at Kogo Gallery, Mari-Leen Kiipli will participate with Kogo Gallery on 15.08. - 6.09.2020 at Art Biesenthal - an international art festival near Berlin.
Paul Kuimet (b. 1984) creates photographic installations and 16 mm films, the subject matter of which ranges from landscapes and architecture to objects and works of art. His works often look at Modernist objects by way of highlighting their aesthetic, political and historical connotations that were perhaps hidden from the naked eye. Paul Kuimet's most famous works and projects to date are the 16 mm film installation "2060" (2014), the 16 mm film "Exposure" and the photographic installation "Grid Study" from the exhibition "Perpendicular" (2016), works related to Pärnu KEK from the show "Five Volumes" (2018/20).
The exhibition program of Kogo Gallery is supported by the Estonian Cultural Endowment and the City of Tartu. Thanks to Urmo Teekivi, Kaspar Roosalu, Artjom Jurov, Margit Lõhmus, Liina Raus, Art Leete, Erkki Luhamaa and Aleksandra Samulenkova and sponsors Pühaste Brewery and Peninuki Distillery.
Mari-Leen Kiipli (b. 1988) creates photos, videos and installations that focus mainly on the unspo-ken, cognitive features of spaces and situations. As an attentive viewer, wanderer, and researcher, she has created her vision of genres such as nature documentaries, sports coverage, or nature pho-tography, as opposed to the narrative-based notion prevalent in the media. She is interested in old myths and stories in the modern context, such as the myth of the end of the world or the tales and use of various plants. Through these stories, she explores humanity's relationship with nature. With her inventive and fascinating installations, she sharpens the viewer's attention to light, transparency, reflections, shadows, colour, sharpness, texture, movement, sound and other perceptible qualities. To do this, she uses various materials, found objects, plants, slow-motion videos. In videos and pho-tographs, she depicts her own focused and sensitive presence or even improvisational movement in found places, such as an abandoned house or industrial landscape, forest, field or greenhouse. Mari-Leen's works are both enchanting and confusing.
Mari-Leen Kiipli has studied photography at the Estonian Academy of Arts and Pallas University of Applied Sciences, attended exchange studies in Vienna and currently lives and works in Tallinn.
Kiipli's recent solo or duo exhibitions are "Husa" in Haapsalu City Gallery (2020), "no path goes through Asparaag" in Tartu Art House (2019), "Secret Whistle in the Forest" with Kristi Kong in Kogo Gallery, Tartu (2018), "Passiflora" in Hobuspea Gallery, Tallinn ( 2017), "One-on-One" at the Estoni-an Museum of Contemporary Art, Tallinn (2017). Her works have been shown at group exhibitions, screenings and art fairs such as the photo fairs Unseen Amsterdam and Foto Tallinn (with Kogo Gal-lery, 2019), The Others, independent art fair, Turin (with the Estonian Union of Photography Artists FOKU, 2018), Estonia Now: Artists' Moving Image Program, Tramway, Glasgow (2018) and Meta-morphoses for Home, Tartu Art Museum, curator Johanna Hoffman (2018).
At the art fair Foto Tallinn in 2019, the private funding platform Outset Estonia awarded Mari-Leen Kiipli (with Kogo gallery) with the purchase of her video work "Fish That Swallows the Earth. Parti-cles That Dance in the Sunrays". In 2018, Mari-Leen received the annual award of the Cultural En-dowment of Estonia, and her installation "Passiflora" presented by FOKU won the prize in the Ex-panded Screen section of The Others art fair in Turin. 15.08. - 6.09.2020 Mari-Leen participates with the Kogo Gallery in the international art festival Art Biesenthal near Berlin, and from August to Oc-tober she works at the Mazzano Romano guest studio in Italy.
Paul Kuimet (b. 1984) creates photographic installations and 16 mm films, the subject matter of which ranges from landscapes and architecture to objects and works of art. His works are charac-terized by their mediated technical vision, yet he also pays attention to the viewer's body, it's movement and presence in the exhibition space. His recent works focus on the connections of mod-ern building materials (such as steel and glass) with the development of capitalism since the 19th century.
Paul Kuimet studied photography and liberal arts at the Estonian Academy of Arts and the Universi-ty of Art and Design Helsinki. For a short time, he has studied video and film at the Baltic Film and Media School of Tallinn University and the University of East London. Paul Kuimet lives and works in Tallinn.
Kuimet's recent presentations include the solo and duo exhibitions Endless Story (with Mihkel Ilus), Tallinn Art Hall (2020); Five Volumes, EKA Gallery, Tallinn (2020) & Narva Art Residency (2018); Space Coordinates (with Nina Schuiki), WNTRP, Berlin (2018); Perpendicular, Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia (EKKM), Tallinn (2016) and Late Afternoon, Tallinn City Gallery (2016) & Espace Photographique Contretype, Brussels (2016). His work has been part of group exhibitions and screening programmes such as Trial and Error, Tramway, Glasgow (2018); Double Feature, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt am Main (2018); Archeology of the Screen, Kumu Art Museum (2018) & BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels (2017); Contemporary Art from Estonia, European Central Bank, Frankfurt am Main (2018); Process Film Festival, Riga (2018); Tell me about the ones who sleep through storms: Films and Videos from the Baltics, TIFF programme Wavelengths, Toronto (2017); Image Drain, Tallinn Art Hall (2017) and The Baltic Pavilion. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia (2016).
In 2020–2022, Paul Kuimet is one of the recipients of the artist's salary, and in 2017 he got the annu-al award of the Estonian Cultural Endowment for Fine Arts and Applied Arts. In 2018, he participat-ed in the residency programmes at WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels and at the Interna-tional Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York City.