ARS project space is open until 15 September 2023 Wed–Sun 2–7 pm
On 18 August at 7 p.m., the group exhibition "To mold, To hold. Currents in Estonian ceramics" will open atin the ARS project space in Tallinn.
"To mold, To hold. Currents in Estonian ceramics" includes a selection of ceramic works by prominent artists of the last century and contemporary artists and designers.
A selection of works from the collections of the Estonian Artists Association and the Estonian Museum of Applied Arts and Design, as well as from contemporary artists, is accompanied by Kati Saarits' diary-like snapshots of publications from the second half of the last century on ceramic art and binders compiled by Leo Rohlin, both from the ETDM archive.
The exhibition will also include a revised version of Raili Keiv's table installation from the exhibition 'ROOM' at the Estonian Museum of Applied Arts and Design, which highlighted the ceramicists who made their mark in Estonian ceramic companies in the 1960s and 1980s, as well as some more recent outstanding finds.
The exhibition is part of the 100th anniversary of the ceramics department of the EAA.
Participating artists: Anu Rank Soans, Ingrid Allik, Leo Rohlin, Velda Soidla, Anne Keek, Laine Sisa, Henriette Tugi Nuusberg, Annika Teder, Haidi Ratas, Tiina Lõhmus, Viive Väljaots, Helle Videvik, Juss Heinsalu, Kris Lemsalu, Mai Järmut, Helene Kuma, Urmas Puhkan, Lauri Kilusk, Laura Põld, Luule Kormašova, Naima Uustalu, Raili Keiv, Mariana Laan, Ene Raud and a selection of EAA student projects.
Curators: Kati Saarits, Raili Keiv, Laura Põld Designer: Kadri Villand Graphic design: Jaan Evart Poem: Katrin Väli Supported by: Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Estonian Academy of Arts, Estonian Artist Association, Estonian, Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design, Põhjala Brewery
Thanks: Loit Jõekalda, Aadam Kaarma, Tanja Muravskaja, Kaja Krustok, Lukas Eggerth, Karmo Migur, Aksel Haagensen, Marin Mutle, Helen Adamson, Ketli Tiitsar, Kai Lobjakas, Kersti Laanmaa, Indrek Köster
amicably and unapologetically sharing space
(so much has been shattered into pieces
it's nowhere to be found – a shame)
youthful crocheters interact with the mountain
in big 3D light
in the light of the dome
friendly and equitable
in fact, they are a family
delicate sensitive fingers see the bonds
the gaze connects the distant and the remote in the present day
storehouse of fired clay wants to be put on the table
along with young relatives
see this table there is no such thing as time here after all
strangely square and rounded meet
angular and smooth
the crackle and the lava glaze
white and dark black and shining
In the hot kiln the clay bird has made a nest for itself
lays eggs in wondrous shapes or egg-shapes
but more in other shapes
a discreet feminine wave has exploded from the kiln
captures the eye and sets it free again
paper and pencil have watched it all
and the camera has admired it
captured moments are sprinkled on trays
with a delicate and sensitive hand
in the shadows of the twists and turns is the hard heart of the clay bird
that explodes again and again into fragments
- Extract from the poem accompanying the exhibition by Katrin Väli