Photo reportage from the exhibition 'The Glasshouses and a Balloon' by Kadri Toom at the Vaal Gallery

May 22, 2023
Author Echo Gone Wrong

The exhibition The Glasshouses and a Balloon invites you into an imaginary space where various layers, spreads and planes pass through the gallery. It is a mix of the unknown, the mysterious, the unexpected, the undiscovered depths and the notion of creating simulated environments. The exhibited artworks reflect a human endeavour to intervene in, design and imitate natural processes. There are hints of designed landscapes, hybrid compositions of vegetation and architectonics, imitation of the biota, the tropics and the desire for design. Kadri Toom’s graphic views form a silhouette of a landscape on the horizon that plays with architectonics, architecture and mutated vegetation.

The exhibition space is transformed into a simulacrum and is accompanied by Johanna Kivimägi’s sound composition.

Kadri Toom (b 1984) is an artist whose practice focuses on experimental contemporary printmaking. She is fascinated by themes related to space, silence, emptiness and momentary. In addition to combining printmaking, painting and photography, the artist exhibits her artworks through installation techniques. Kadri Toom graduated from the Painting Department of the Pallas University of Applied Sciences in 2006 and from the Printmaking Department of the Estonian Academy of Arts in 2009. She has been awarded Printmaker of the Year 2021 and an incentive award of Wiiralt Prize 2022 by the Association of Estonian Printmakers and nominated for the ​Kristjan Raud Art Award and the AkzoNobel Art Prize.

The artist would like to thank the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, the Association of Estonian Printmakers, and Punch Club.

The Glasshouses and a Balloon
Kadri Toom
05/05/2023 — 27/05/2023
Vaal Gallery
Tuesday–Friday 12pm–6pm, Saturday 12pm–4pm
Telliskivi 60A/5, Tallinn

Photography: Stanislav Stepashko