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“Allow Yourself to Change”

ARS Project Space 26.04.–18.05.2024

Open Mon-Sat from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM

"In ARS Project Space, on Thursday, April 25th at 6 PM, an exhibition titled 'Allow Yourself to Change' will open, addressing intersections between painting and artificial intelligence."

The essence of painting has always revolved around its humanity, with its unique flaws and virtues – the uniqueness and imperfection of the human hand, the inability to perform movements quickly and flawlessly, and the incapacity to repeat them identically have been at the core of painting throughout its centuries-long history. While today's artificial intelligence can create flawless forms at lightning speed, repeat them endlessly, and draw from the entirety of human visual culture.

But what happens when the slow process-based art of painting meets the instantaneity of machine art and its method of involving global data masses rapidly and effectively? What role could art oriented towards deceleration play in an era of total acceleration, where people increasingly entrust themselves to technological systems for the sake of efficiency, competitiveness, and economic growth, the mechanisms of which they do not fully understand?

The exhibition features five Estonian artists who in recent years have dedicated themselves to exploring the relationship between painting and artificial intelligence, merging traditional painting techniques with various digital technologies. Vano Allsalu feeds artificial intelligence with his signature style paintings and maps its capabilities in abstract expression; Gerda Hansen plays with the idea of whether a painter in the era of artificial intelligence can step into the same river twice; Siiri Jüris allows her figural-abstract paintings to mutate with the help of digital technology; Carl-Robert Kagge utilizes the generative fill function of Photoshop to create painting screens; and Mart Vainre has developed an ouroboros-like analog-digital-analog paint processor. The exhibition curator is Liisa Kaljula, who works at the Painting Collection of the Art Museum of Estonia and has curated several painting exhibitions.

The preparation process for the exhibition is different from the usual curated group exhibition – the curator and artists have regularly met in the participating artists' studios to discuss the new situation in art brought about by the emergence of artificial intelligence: could painting, with its slowness, physical labor, and celebration of human error, be the counterculture of the digital acceleration era? The temporary community that formed among the participants has helped to make sense of this moment when the paths of painting and artificial intelligence inevitably intersect and the human and the mechanical intertwine.

Artists: Vano Allsalu, Gerda Hansen, Siiri Jüris, Carl-Robert Kagge, Mart Vainre

Curator: Liisa Kaljula

Graphic design: Carl-Robert Kagge

Exhibition project manager: Mart Vainre

Technical support: Johannes Säre

During the Open Studio Day at ARS Art Factory on May 17th, exhibition tours directed by the participants will take place, starting at 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM. The closing discussion on the relationship between painting and new technologies will conclude the exhibition's finissage, starting at 7:00 PM.

The exhibition is supported by the Estonian Cultural Endowment, the Estonian Artists' Association and the Estonian Culture Association, with the opening supported by Põhjala.

Thanks to: Frank Abner, Karl Silvar Alemaa, Martin Christensen, Albert Jäärats, Raiko Jäärats, Oliver Kadakas, Jakob Kagge, Kersti Kagge, Katariina Kornet, Indrek Köster, Ulrich Norbisrath, Margus Punab, Kärt Summatavet.

Free admission

For more information:

Mart Vainre

Exhibition Project Manager and Artist

+372 56649702


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