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Olga and Priit Pärn Exhibition "Tip of the Iceberg"
From 24 August to 24 October the second exhibition of the renowned artists and 2020/21 liberal arts professors Olga & Priit Pärn is open at the UT library 2nd floor foyer. There will be 67 book illustrations on display which also include their 10-year old son's first illustration works.
"Every verbal text is worthy of its own particular visual style," says Priit Pärn who has worked as an illustrator, caricaturist and animated film director for more than forty years. "An illustration should add something to the text. Otherwise there is no point in creating illustrations. While illustrating, one should always keep in mind not to digress too far from the text ‒ a relationship between the two should always be graspable for readers."
Over 45 years Priit Pärn has illustrated around 40 books, some of which have been published abroad. At this exhibition his illustrations from 16 books are presented. Pärn himself considers such exhibitions of illustrations somewhat a weird phenomenon. "Pictures outside of a book, ties with the verbal text torn apart, incomprehensible, full of cryptic implications to something that the text obviously expressed," explains the artist. "The verbal text is somewhere 'out there' ‒ unaccessible. The text in its endless richness and greatness is like the iceberg under water, invisible to the eye, represented only by the pictures on the exhibition wall, which constitute the visible tips of those icebergs."
Olga Pärn dreamt of illustrating books already in her childhood, yet she first got a chance to catch up with this dream only in Estonia when Ilona Martson turned to her for a collaboration for the kids magazine "Täheke" (Little Star). Next she started to work for and with the publishing house "Tänapäev". As of today she has illustrated several books for them, including those of one of the most beloved Estonian children authors ‒ Aino Pervik. "In Estonia, for the first time in my life I felt completely free and therefore able to draw and illustrate just like my artist's heart desired," said Olga Pärn. "The only limits there've been have been time and the text, because every illustration inevitably depends on the text." Now she dreams of making illustrations that are totally "out of box". "I've got so many ideas, and I very much hope to enrich the world of Estonian illustrated books with unexpected visual delicacies," is Olga Pärn optimistic.
The artists' son Märt Rudolf has followed his parents' footsteps, and has taken part in the illustrating of five books already. At the exhibition his works from the past four years are presented.
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Rauno Thomas Moss Exhibition “ANATOMICAL ILLUSTRATIONS”
UNIVERSITY OF TARTU CENTRE FOR ARTS GALLERY
Uppsala 10, I and II floor, Mon–Fri 9–17.
Opening on 25 February at 4 PM. The exhibition remains open until 26 June 2020.
The exhibition is a collection of Moss’ illustrations for the textbook “Human Anatomy” published by the University of Tartu Institute of Biomedicine and Translational Medicine Department of Anatomy in cooperation with the university press. The illustrations were completed between 2009 and 2019. Moss has also illustrated the “Semiotics” textbook published in 2018 in cooperation with the University of Tartu Department of Semiotics and the University of Tartu Press. In addition, he has designed and done the layout of “Tlou Rachaanad: epic of the Uipo (Khoibu)” edited by the University of Tartu Department of Estonian and Comparative Folklore and published by the University of Tartu Press in 2018.
Rauno Thomas Moss is a lecturer at the Centre for Arts and a painter. He teaches sculpture, drawing, illustration, comics, plastic anatomy and general composition. Moss holds a BA in Painting from the University of Tartu as well as MA Semiotics and Culture Studies. Currently, he is doing his Ph.D. with the main theme "Dialogue and Discourse: Visual Semiotic Analysis of Orthodox Icon". In addition to painting, he has been engaged in computer graphics and curatorial work and has published many writings in cultural analyses. He has had a large number of individual and joint exhibitions in Estonia and abroad. Moss belongs to the Estonian Artists' Association, Estonian Painters' Association, Tartu Artists’ Union and Estonian Semiotics Association.
Professional awards: Ado Vabbe Prize in 2010, Gallery Vaal Art Award in 2009, 25 + 5 most beautiful books nominee in 2007, "Hypercube" III prize at Juri Lotman's memorial contest in 2006 and Tartu Young Artist Scholarship (by Ltd. Merko Tartu) in 2005.
Student Work Exhibition "Pick-Up Belts". Supervisor Piia Rand
UNIVERSITY OF TARTU CENTRE FOR
Uppsala 10, I and II floor, Mon–Fri 9–17.
Opening on 25 February at 4 PM. The exhibition remains open until 31 March, 2020.
The exhibited pick-up belts were woven during the Autumn Semester course “Pick-up Belt Weaving” at the Centre for Arts. The course instructor was master of Estonian national costume and a lecturer Piia Rand.
The course participants were eleven university students from a diverse range of curricula who learned the technique for the first time. First of all, the students were introduced with pick-up belts it the electronic environment muis.ee of Estonian National Museum. Each participant studied the belts of the Estonian church parish of their origin and chose one to weave. Then the students learned to make tracing patterns and wove their belts according to them. Belt weaving looms and knives made by Sujuri LLC for the UT Viljandi Culture Academy were used.
The exhibited pick-up belts were woven by:
|Helena Maarja Lainjärv||Karja Parish|
|Laura-Maria Magdaleena Ilottu||Kodavere Parish|
|+ lisavöö Laura-Maria Magdaleena Ilottu ja Maie Alumaa||Kodavere Parish|
|Karoliina Kurvits||Tartumaa Parish|
|Mathilde Frances Lind||Läänemaa Parish|
|Merit Puustusmaa||Rõuge Parish|
|Kait Sepp||Türi Parish|
|Hanna Sults||Emmaste Parish|
|Helen Tiisler||Otepää Parish|
|Harriet Tooming||Väike-Maarja Parish|
|Tiina Tuhkur||Tartumaa Parish|
|Kelin Kuznetsova||Valjala Parish|