22nd Sept at 17:00 Opening of Jüri Kask’s Exhibition “Slow and Steady” at Tartu Art House
On Friday, 22 September at 17:00 Jüri Kask’s personal exhibition “Slow and Steady” will be opened at the large gallery of the Tartu Art House. The exhibition of installative paintings will remain open until 15 October. Jüri Kask is an artist and lecturer in drawing, painting and composition at the University of Tartu Centre for Arts.
Over the last years, painting in Estonia and abroad has tried to liberate itself from the boundaries of a single canvas and to fill the whole gallery space. Jüri Kask, who is one of the most steadfast adherents of geometric abstraction in Estonia, uses his new exhibition to bring the angular shapes from his works onto the walls, ceilings and floors of the large gallery of the Tartu Art House. Different approaches to the design of the exhibition form a cohesive ensemble that can be read as an expression of Kask’s internal artistic universe in the real world.
Art historian Mare Ruus writes about the exhibition: “His paintings contains shapes and trajectories that seem to move and continue outside the frames into some imaginary distance. Strange forms grow out of “the holes in the floor” and central compositions have “given birth” to numerous side panels that have shamelessly clambered onto the ceiling. Kask’s paintings have an intricate structure and their clarity of form approaches pure geometry, but calling him a geometrician or a constructivist would be narrow and limiting.”
Jüri Kask (b 1949) studied 1965–1969 in the Tartu Art School and 1969–1974 in the Estonian State Art Institute. His most important personal exhibitions have taken place at the Estonian Art Museum, Tartu Art Museum, Tallinn Art Hall, Tartu Art House and Liège Centre for Contemporary Art. In addition to Estonia, his works have been exhibited in various foreign countries (Lithuania, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Japan, China, etc.). In 1992, Kask was awarded the Cultural Award of the Republic of Estonia and Kristjan Raud Art Award and in 2008 he was presented with the Ado Vabbe award.
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Tartu Art House (Vanemuise 26, Tartu, Estonia) is open Wed–Mon 12–18. Exhibitions are free of charge.
The exhibitions of the Tartu Art House are supported by the Tartu Town Government and the Cultural Capital of Estonia.