The co-exhibition “A Visitor” by Eero Alev, Marleen Suvi and Brenda Purtsak is open in Hobusepea gallery from February 10 until March 7, 2022.
I don’t know what it feels to be dead, said a six-year-old girl to her father once. Her father listened, pondered, and remembered – neither did he know, but he yearned to. First, these twenty something thousand days given to us seem to last forever, but the more one moves along the axis, the days grow considerably shorter. We have a beginning and we have an end. Our visiting hours are limited and at some point, even without knowing it, we will leave all this behind. What did we find? Were we searching for something at all? How much did we ask and what did we give?
We arrive from somewhere we remember nothing about, and we are going somewhere we know nothing about.
Eero Alev (b. 1983) has obtained MA degree in the department of painting at the Estonian Academy of Arts. Currently he is acquiring MA degree in contemporary art programme at the Estonian Academy of Arts and holds drawing classes in the same academy. Alev is equipped with strong skills in traditional depiction methods, his style can be characterized by realistic motifs and choice of subject, often tuned by the artist according to his own visual language. Alev has paid special attention to the mood, he mainly depicts space and people. Eero Alev has participated in several group exhibitions, such as in Collective Measure held in Haapsalu City Gallery (2019); Open Collections. The Artist Takes the Floor held in the Art Museum of Estonia (2019); How to Talk About a Secret Place Without Betraying It held in Noblessner Shipyard (2000). In early 2020, Alev held a co-exhibition Pretense with Brenda Purtsak in EKA Gallery.
Marleen Suvi (b. 1998) has graduated from the department of painting in the faculty of fine art at the Estonian Academy of Arts (2020) and currently acquiring MA degree in contemporary art programme at the Estonian Academy of Arts. Marleen Suvi is examining the interwovenness between body, human soul and the universe. While writing haikus, the artist contemplates on empty phrases arisen from subconsciousness that sometimes seem to belong to someone else. She prefers to work with glass and oil on canvas. Among her recently held exhibitions are So That the Body Does not Forget (Vent Space Project Room, 2021) and Collective Measure (Haapsalu City Gallery, 2019).
Brenda Purtsak (b. 1994) has graduated from the department of painting in the faculty of fine art at the Estonian Academy of Arts (2020) and currently acquiring MA degree in contemporary art programme at the Estonian Academy of Arts. In her artistic practice, Purtsak focuses on biological human body while experimenting with it on the borders of abstraction. This is the only way for her to contemplate on existential subjects. As for her favourite medium, Purtsak prefers to work with painting on various surfaces. She has participated in several exhibitions, for instance Pretense held in EKA Gallery (with Eero Alev, curated by Holger Loodus). Also, her paintings and stained glass pieces are currently being exhibited on the walls of the Estonian Embassy in the Hague, Netherlands (curated by Aleksander Metsamärt).
Exhibition is supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia and Põhjala Brewery.
Exhibitions in Hobusepea gallery are supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Estonian Ministry of Culture and Liviko Ltd.
Eero Alev, Marleen Suvi & Brenda Purtsak
Hobusepea Gallery, Hobusepea 2, Tallinn.
Photography: Anna Mari Liivrand