Photo reportage from the exhibition 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow II' by Kristen Rästas at the Tartu Art House Small gallery

November 26, 2021
Author Echo Gone Wrong

The exhibition is a continuation of a solo project with the same title. Their unifying theme is the “breaking of the fourth wall” through the amplification of the technical structures of the artworks and by demystifying art as an exhibit. Sculptural and painterly artworks and ready-made objects mimic natural elements and artificially created environments. They call into question how precisely can we perceive the world itself, when in reality we are merely exposed to unambiguous conventions and visual language that only describe the characteristics of the world.

The video included in the exhibition functions as a visual letter to the artist’s future self. It was created amidst the ongoing climate crisis during the first months of the global pandemic. The visuals depict a new unimaginable environment where the physical world has been replaced by shattered digital imagery with glitches and distortions, fantasies and memories of what the world could have been. The narrative presents simple thoughts of daily presence that in their inattentiveness are overshadowed by a deepening sense of a possible end of the world.

Kristen Rästas (b 1992) is an Estonian artist living and working in Berlin and in Tallinn. He has a master’s degree from the Estonian Academy of Arts, supplementing his studies at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts in Budapest and in Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK), School of Arts in Gent, Belgium. His works have been shown in Estonia, Germany, Lithuania, Iceland and Belgium. Rästas is one of the artists working under the pseudonym Robin Ellis Meta and he is the co-founder of the online gallery

Artist’s gratitude to: Sten Saarits, Triinu Saaren, Ian Simon Märjama, Kelli Gedvil

The exhibition is supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia

Somewhere Over the Rainbow II
Kristen Rästas
13 November – 12 December 2021
Tartu Art House Small gallery

Photography: Tartu Art House