Small Town as an Identity

The topic of this exhibition is the creation of identity as part of shaping the social organisation and quality of life in small towns, and the role that art plays in small town life.

Artists usually represent their own ideas and preferences in their exhibitions, while the surrounding settlement forms a dense network of connections, presenting the viewer with meanings and visual identity specific to the location. Residents’ opinions about art events reflect the daily life in the town, while expectations toward artists work towards shaping local identity.

The artist conducted interviews with artists who’ve had their solo exhibitions at the RCCCA and the Rakvere Gallery, videos of which are on display at the exhibition. There are also audio interviews with exhibition visitors. It is notable that, while artists see their work in a wider context, and tend to compare it with metropolitan events, the expectations of the audience retain local connections. Art is seen as a colourful distraction from topics that have real consequences for the lives of residents.

The artist also conducted a performance where he dragged a wheeled box representing future Rail Baltic through the streets of Rapla.

The exhibition is part of the author’s doctoral thesis – more info at www.pragmatist.ee

Dark River

The title – Dark River – refers to the undercurrents of the subconscious which, while not clearly definable, still exert their influence on us. The imagery of water, and its untameable nature, permeates the exhibition.

Riin Pallon’s (b. 1978) paintings are a symbiosis of conscious and unconscious attempts to reach out and grasp, with the mind and with the paintbrush, a fitting form for the ideas and feelings that matter to the artist. The paintings can be seen as poetic, emotionally loaded landscapes. The paintings are exhibited alongside verses that spontaneously evolved in the process of painting.

Kairi Orgusaar (b. 1969) employs a process of painting that, in itself, is a freeform trip into the subconscious. It begins with a flash of vision, then moves along on a journey where shapes emerge from the fog; finally, the painter arrives at an unpredictable destination. Contrasts and accords of colours, movement of lines, sudden accents work to filter fleeting emotions from the stream of time, giving them permanence; these snapshots then take their place in the subconscious, from where their echo subtly acts on our perceptions and senses. The viewer is invited to join the journey across the strange terrain of symbolic spaces, to dream, to create – to gaze into the dark river.

Õ – Meeting the Artists

Artists participating in the Estonian Ceramists’ Association’s anual exhibition Õ meet the audience Nov 30, 2019.

Talk by Pille Kaleviste.

Other participants:
Mare Vichmann, Haidi Ratas, Kersti Karu, Maia Noorväli, Kärt Seppel, Kattri Takklaja, Kersti Laanmaa, Eliisa Ehin, Anne Türn, Kadi Hektor, Merike Hallik, Reeli Haamer, Rave Puhm, Helena Tuudelepp, Georg Bogatkin, Eva Berg, Kadri Jäätma, Ann Nurga, Karin Kalman, Külli Kõiv, Urmas Puhkan, Anu Rank – Soans, Rita Randmaa, Pille Kaleviste, Ene Tapfer, Üllo Karro, Tiina Kaljuste, Aigi Orav, Margit Mald, Margit Terasmees, Henriette Nuusberg – Tugi, Marget Tafel – Vahtra, Leena Kuutma, Jarõna Ilo.

 

SÄRIN 2019

13.09 – 14.09.2019

For the 4th time, the Culture Festival SÄRIN opens its doors at the Rapla Culture Club BAAS. We bring together friends and creators of film, music, theatre, art and literature from Rapla County and the rest of Estonia. Our goal is to share an experience of art with people of all ages, and bring a sizzling joy of life into our small town.

Performing on stage this year are Dagö, Anna Kaneelina, Jarek Kasar and Vaiko Eplik, Duo Ruut, INGER, Nagy Bögö, Kangelased, many DJ-s, The legendary Rapla band Vunkz celebrates its 20th birthday with a concert, and the local young music scene is represented by Blufellas.

Theatrical performances include “Beating at the Manor Stables” by the Must Kast troupe. A public recording of Night University radio program features guest Valdur Mikita. We’ll also have a conversation with Toomas Paul and Tõnu Õnnepalu, an exhibition programme, and a cafe morning with writer Mika Keränen for families. The Good Food Courtyard will be open.

Organiser: MTÜ Loomeruum, Kultuuriklubi BAAS, Maili Metssalu.

Events of SÄRIN 2019 at RCCCA:

MANFRED DUBOV
TAKING THUNDER HOME

Manfred Dubov (s.19..) is a painter and paramedic. His works deal with connections between body, soul and nature, based on the author’s memories.  He has conducted art projects such as “I Come from Many Places” (Vaal Gallery 2018) and “Fracturae (Hobusepea / Draakoni Gallery 2013, and issued a poetry book “Today, Everything Will Be Found” in 2016 which was awarded the Betti Alver prize.

TOOMAS PAUL & TÕNU ÕNNEPALU
BEFORE THE WORD

Conversation mediated by Mathura.

NIGHT READING

Estonian Radio Night University’s public recording with  Valdur Mikita. Conversation mediated by Mathura.

CONCERT:  DUO RUUT

Duo Ruut–  Katariina Kivi & Ann-Lisett Rebane.

SEDNA

An exhibition of living pictures
A collaboration project between two Estonian artists, Kairi Orgusaar and Erki Kannus, “Sedna” is a 6-part series of images inspired by Arctic mythology, specifically the force known as Sedna. The exhibit combines painting with video projection, resulting in ever-changing, living pictures. A female figure slowly moving in a dark, abstract scenery, evocative of a long winter night, aglow with Aurora Borealis – though the artists have never been in the Far North before, they’ve captured the likeness of what they found it in their mind’s eye.
Sedna, of course, has many names and many guises – some call her Arnaqquassaaq, or Sanna, Arnapkapfaaluk, Sassuma Arnaa, Nerrivik, Nuliajuk, Takánakapsâluk…
Likewise, her story is told differently by various narrators, but some aspects remain constant: that of universal femininity – of the power to give birth. Rebellion, passion, anger and vengeance, oneness with nature, the will to live, dark depths of the ocean – Sedna represents all these things and more.
She was a girl who disobeyed her father. She refused all men and married a monster instead. She gave life to ancestors of nations, and to the creatures of the sea. She perished, drowned, her fingers chopped off by her father, yet survives as a force to be reckoned with. Like Life itself, she endures against all odds, and her strength lies in flexibility.



SENSE

Perception is an echo of objects and phenomena in human consciousness, which interprets sensory stimuli and ties them into a whole. The brain is a centre for interpretation – we never perceive anything directly. The nose picks up a scent, which the brain identifies as rose, cake or corpse. When we look around, our brain makes sense of colours, shapes, dimensions and movement.

Is there a point to perceiving and interpreting, if every category already has its opposite – shadow to light, silence to sound? When everything has a counterpoint, should the world exist at all – wouldn’t it just be entropy where everything is cancelled? Yet, there is a cause for existence; something that doesn’t seem to have a negator – the human being, reaching out of the balance and asking: why an I?

Perceive the world that our painting media have created, let it flow into you.

Participants: Anne Aaspõllu, Maiu Albo, Mikk Allas, Eha Koit, Karin Polluks, Mari Põld, Ave Tislar, Eteri Tõlgo, Krista Urvet, Marge Vonk.

We Are Here. Exhibition of German art

An exhibition by artists from the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern of Germany, focusing on topics related to a sense of place. The works deal with a search for a place of one’s own in a rapidly changing world.
The exhibition also features screenings of films about German modern art.
The exhibition is part of the programme “German Spring 2019” devoted to bringing German culture to the Estonian audience.

Kunstausstellung „Wir sind da“

Teilnehmende KünstlerInnen: Wolfgang Tietze (Gemälde), Daniela Melzig (Glasdruck) und Kristin Meyer (Installation).

Am 5. April um 18 Uhr wird im Raplamaa Kaasaegse Kunsti Keskus eine Kunstausstellung von Künstlern eröffnet, die Teilweise aus Mecklenburg-Vorpommern stammen. Die Werke behandeln durch verschiedene Weise Themen, die mit Orten und Plätzen verbunden sind. In den Werken geht es darum, wie man in der zeitgenössischen und immer schneller werdenden Welt seinen Platz findet.

Movie nights (free entrance) – Filmabends (Eintritt frei)

10. aprill kell 18.00 Gerhard Richter – Painting
16. aprill kell 18.00 Joseph Beuys – Jeder Mensch ist ein Künstler
26. aprill kell 18.00 Paula Modersohn-Beckeri looming

FREEDOM IN THE 20TH CENTURY

An exhibition dedicated to the 100th anniversary of independent Estonia. Every participating artist created one work on the topic of freedom, resulting in an exhibition of twenty-one freedom-inspired works. The creative process was captured on film, along with the artists’ messages.

Participants: Raul Meel, Marko Mäetamm, Kiwa, Laurentsius, Jaak Visnap, Urmas Viik, Navitrolla, Kadri Alesmaa, Jüri Arrak, Leonhard Lapin, Hardi Volmer, Kadri Kangilaski, Evi Tihemets, Peeter Allik, Jaan Toomik, Ivar Kaasik, Liisa Kruusmägi, Tarrvi Laamann, August Künnapu, Maarit Murka, Priit Pärn.

Curator: Jaak Visnap.

I Am the Gardener: Meet the Artists

Mathura / Kaari Saarma
„I am the Gardener“

The joint exhibition of artist Mathura and photographer Kaari Saarma intuitively scans one’s chance to be his or her own gardener. A garden is alive when both the wild and the cultivated get their share. The work is carried by the sense of directing your creation, but being unable to predestine its course. The pictures are like stopping points or gateways, the moments of awaiting the new buds.

The exhibition is on at Raplamaa Kaasaegse Kunsti Keskus from November 17 to December 2, Tuesdays to Sundays 3-6 P.M.

Come and join the artists for a tour of the exhibition and hear their story of it in the evening of December 2, at 18:00. All are welcome.
Photos by Kaari Saarma and Heiko Kruusi

I Am the Gardener. An Exhibition by Mathura and Kaari Saarma.

The joint exhibition of artist Mathura and photographer Kaari Saarma intuitively scans one’s chance to be his or her own gardener. A garden is alive when both the wild and the cultivated get their share. The work is carried by the sense of directing your creation, but being unable to predestine its course. The pictures are like stopping points or gateways, the moments of awaiting the new buds.

Estonia: A Mindscape

“Wishing Well” Varvara Guljajeva ja Mar Canet

We just finished the video of our new art project "Wishing well"Nice work in the video by Jesús María Rodríguez Santos and Varvara Guljajeva

Posted by Mar Canet on Neljapäev, 18. Oktoober 2018

Rapla County Centre For Contemporary Art
Press release
Oct 10, 2018

Artists’ group exhibition redefines Estonia through common key concepts

On Friday, October 12, at 6pm, an exhibition titled Estonia: A Mindscape opens at the Rapla County Centre For Contemporary Art. The opening performance by Alide Zvorovski and Katri Pekri bears the name “Ice Auditorium.”

Curator Kairi Orgusaar says:
“At this exhibition, keywords such as Trust, Word, Light, Freedom, Sound and Sea are expressed in works of art created with them in mind, and directing the viewer to consider the past, as well as the present and the future. Throught truth and humour, this exhibition – part of the Estonia100 anniversary programme – observes Estonia on the human scale.”

Participants include: Mar Canet, Varvara Guljajeva, Erki Kannus, Merle Kannus, Kati Kerstna, Kärt Ojavee, Kairi Orgusaar, Katri Pekri, Alide Zvorovski, Johanna Ulfsak.

WORD: The work “Wishing Wall” by Mar Canet and Varvara Guljajeva revives the magical act of making wishes – creating the future through words – by modern technological means, which give a physical presence to wishes written down by the spectators.

SEA: Kärt Ojavee and Johanna Ulfsak’s project “Live Transmission” conjures a utopian communication session through technological telepathy, where two separate universes converse without visuals or words.

SPACE: an installation by Alide Zvorovski, “Space,” was inspired by a sentence found in a science article: “Every box is empty as long as one looks inside.”

FREEDOM: In her work “Freedom and Slavery: Imavere, Türi, Otepää, Kolkja, Piibe tee, Haapsalu maantee, Suure-Jaani,” author Merle Kannus interprets the greenhouse as a symbol of both extremes.

TRUST: in her similarly-titled installation, Kati Kerstna discusses global awareness, trust, and responsibility.

SOUND and LIGHT: Erki Kannus and Kairi Orgusaar play with lights, sounds and visuals, studying their influence on our existence and our perception of the world.

The exhibition is open Oct 13 – Nov 11, 2018 at the Rapla County Centre For Contemporary Art., Tallinna mnt 3b, Rapla. Opening hours: Tue-Sun 3pm -6pm.


In 2018, th Republic of Estonia celebrates its 100th anniversary. More info on the jubilee programme can be found at  www.EV100.ee.

Rapla County Centre for Contemporary Art