Pärnu Linnagalerii Artist House
Nikolai 27, Pärnu
The starting point of the joint exhibition of the two authors is the painting “Sculptor modeling my portrait” by Katrin Piile. The center of the painting completed in 2020 is the modeling of oneself. The identity of the sculptor working behind the modeling is indicated only by a photo of his sculpture hanging on the wall. The self-centeredness depicted in the key of irony is the starting point of the Pärnu City Gallery Artists’ House exhibition.
Despite the self-centered approach, the collaborative exhibition of the two authors works on the principle of correlation. The creative process is structured in such a way that the impulse of one author starts the creative work of another. That in turn is used by the giver of the impulse to create their own work. Due to the interconnectedness of the process, authors only partially manage their creative work. Touching thereby the individual relationships of authorship.
The previous practice of the two authors creates an excellent surface for the creation of a joint exhibition that works on the principle of correlation. Piile has started from objects that are formalized on the canvas with a framing typical of photodocumentalism in a hyperrealistic painting style. Allmägi’s previous works contain references to different artists as well as fictitious collaborations with other authors.
The focus of Piile and Allmägi’s work process is mutual creative reflection and media-based documentation. Through this, the characteristic aspects of painting and sculpture are explored as they move from the plane to the spatial world (or vice versa). The holy trinity of the art world – author, idea, work – is raised as an object of study. As a collaborative project, the exhibition exploring the principles of creative work tries to blur the individual relationship between the work and the author. At the same time, this exhibition throws the visitor down a kind of rabbit hole, into a world where believing in the phenomenon leads the viewer down the wrong path.
Katrin Piile (1987) is a painter and draftsman, whose exhibited exhibitions/works also include the aforementioned objects and are sometimes of an installation nature. The search for formal abstraction from realistic objects can be seen throughout the artist’s work. The paintings are often executed in a hyperrealistic style, trying to find a strange way with the shapes, through which the chosen technique would eat itself from the tail. In 2010, Piile graduated from the Estonian Academy of Arts majoring in painting. From 2019, she belongs to the Union of Estonian Painters and from 2023 to the Union of Estonian Artists.
Art Allmägi (1983) is an Estonian sculptor and installation artist. He has studied sculpture at the Pallas University of Applied Sciences (BA, 2008) and the Estonian Academy of Arts (MA, 2011).
Allmägi exhibitions are characterized by thematic seriality. This exhibition series explores creation based on collaboration. Previous exhibition series have been Russian-themed and central to the textual narration.
The exhibition will remain open until October 21, 2023.
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