Eike Eplik uses improvisation and experiments with various materials to find new and exciting forms, variations and associations. This time, she creates a gallery-wide installation of objects made of different materials (clay, porcelain, metal, foundry, wood). As art and literature have been closely intertwined in the Tartu cultural field for many years, thus creating both original creators and fascinating collaborations*, Kogo gallery proposed to invite one Estonian writer or poet to take part in the exhibition. So Eike Eplik selected Mehis Heinsaare as the partner of the show. The choice is fully justified – both creators are courageous and independent escapists whose oeuvre is based on a deep connection with the environment (nature) and the individualism of the author. Their works are elaborate, imaginative and closely connected to the subconsciousness. Neither creator is directly social or political, but in the undercurrents, these themes are inevitable. Using nature’s motifs, they both create stories that are the worship of pluralism and biodiversity.
Thanks to Sculpture department of Pallas University of Applied Sciences, Tartu Children’s Art School, Kertu Tuberg, Mehis Heinsaar, Silver Sikk, Bruno Kadaku, Mary-Ann Talvistu, Peeter Talvistu, Šelda Pukite, Margit Lõhmus, Urmo Teekivi, University of Tartu project practice students, group leader Mari-Liis Koemets and supervisors Anneli Lorenz and Merily Heinalo; the supporters Cultural Endowment of Estonia, the City of Tartu and Pühaste Brewery.
* The interdisciplinary cooperation of the creative people in Tartu was especially visible during 2004–2014 when the Y-Gallery was active. For example creators like Kiwa, chaneldior (Tanel Rander), Martiini, Juka Käärmann, Erkki Luuk, Marko Kompus, Lauri Sommer (Kago), Kaspar Jassa, Kristiina Viin, et al. has made exiting multidisciplinary collaborations. In later years, the cooperation between the sculptor and installation artist Jevgeni Zolotko (from the same generation as Eplik) and the writer, translator and gamer designer Anti Saar is a significant example.
Biomass – Ghost in the Corner
14/03/2020 — 02/05/2020
Photography: Marje Eelma