You are kindly invited to the opening of Marko Mäetamm (EE) exhibition "Sex, Death and Holy Moly" on the 3rd of September (Thursday), 2020 at Meno Parkas Gallery.
It is the second time that Meno Parkas Gallery is representing Marko Mäetamm’s artworks – more profoundly this time – physically it occupies all gallery space, and thematically – its range is wide as a horizon – from sex to death - opposite poles, and everything in between – all this desperate, perhaps directionless, wandering of everything vibrant above-ground. In the world represented here by Marko Mäetamm (still it is left unknown whether it is flat or round) nobody is in a hurry to save you, any unattended luggage will definitely explode and opposite sex is as much attractive as scary (just like an open space). All this is (not)funny. This abundant reality is perceived by one subjective consciousness, it’s attention is distant – emotionless and without any will or possibility to interrupt the process – just allowing this funny, tragic or provocative world turn at its own pace. Texts in the minimalistic artworks are fragments of dialogs and stories - broken as dotted line, leaving the situation behind undisclosed, allowing spectator finish it upon ones will or to measure it on oneself. At times author seems painfully open. In those moments his feelings and situations unexpectedly mirrors as a pinch of truth in the soul of the viewer.
According to Marko Mäetamm - the show is about things that are kind of essential for him these days - what is happening in society, how that affects him, what is happening with him, what disturbs him the most, and how it all can be traced in his thoughts, fears, dreams, drives and triggers.
At the exhibition will be shown the most recent artworks (from last 5 years) – series of drawings, paintings and the sculptural object.
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Marko Mäetamm was born in Viljandi, Estonia in 1965 and now lives and works in Tallinn, Estonia. He studied graphic art at the Estonian Academy of Arts, where he received his B.A. in 1993 and his M.A. in 1995.
Marko Mäetamm’s most often autobiographical art practice focuses on family life and society and explores the grey area between private and public through a variety of media such as photography, sculpture, animations, painting, and text. His work often appears humours despite its sometimes rather heavy and even dark content. And his stories, very personal and even intimate from the first sight often appear everybody’s stories as they touch some very basic instincts in us, something that is familiar to all of us and so close that we can’t even see it. And sometimes not too comfortable to talk with.
“For me art means communication. I am interested in provoking dialogues and making people to think outside their comfort zones and taboos. My work is about things I am concerned about in this world. It is a mirror of the present time - the only time that really exists,” he says.
Mäetamm’s work has been exhibited at such international venues as Gallery Platan, Budapest, Hungary (2001); la Biennale di Venezia, Italy (2003); Wäinö Aalto Museum, Turku, Finland (2009); Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs, New York City (2009); NADA Art Fair, Miami, Florida (2012); Gallery Iragui, Moscow, Russia (2014); and the IKON Gallery, UK (2014). Marko has received numerous awards such as the Kristjan Raud Annual Award, Estonia (2000), the Baltic Assembly Prize for the Arts (2009), and the Annual Award of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia (2011). He was given the Estonian State Decoration, Order of the White Star, V Class in 2008.
He has participated in artists’ residencies at Ville de Paris, Résidences Internationales aux Recollets, Paris, France (2011), the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Italy (2013), The Fountainhead Residency, Miami, Florida (2014), Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation Artist in Residence in Colgate University, USA (2016), BANFF Centre of Arts and Creativity, Canada (2017)
Mäetamm represented Estonia at the Venice Biennial (Italy) in 2003 and 2007.
His published books include Our Daddy is a Hunter (2012), Painting and Waiting (2013), The Alphabet of Lies (2014), Tales of Messenger (2017).
Exhibition is opened till the 2nd of October, 2020.
Exhibition is partly funded by:
Estonian Cultural Endowment Fund
Lithuanian Council for Culture