Noblessner, Kai Art Center building – Peetri 12, 10415, Tallinn, Estonia, +372 6405770, info@temnikova.ee. Closed: June 22—July 2
Open: July 3—August 18, Wed—Thu 14—18

Jaan Toomik 'Smells Like Old Men's Spirit'

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selected works

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Jaan Toomik

'Act I'

acrylic, canvas 210×255cm 2015

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'Balance I'

acrylic, canvas 204×255cm 2015

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'Self portrait with cut off penis. Homage to Van Goh'

acrylic, canvas 150×100cm 2015

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'Smells Like Old Men's Spirit'

acrylic, canvas 140×190cm 2015

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Jaan Toomik

'Balance II'

acrylic, canvas 180×200cm 2015

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installation views

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For his first solo show at the gallery, Toomik will present new paintings and a video. As the title suggests, the exhibition deals with ideas of ability, failure and perception of age. Using himself as a model, Toomik assumes various positions and inhabits different scenarios, continuing to explore the self as a site for reflection. Still imbued with a dose of characteristic self-irony verging on pathos, the new works possess a different tone to the artist’s recent output: extrovert performances are replaced with a more introverted process. The return to figurative painting is not incidental, yet - juxtaposed with the video - neither does it appear to be final. Presented here is the very process of painting through the issues at hand, and the activity itself does not escape the artist’s sarcastic humour. 

Jaan Toomik (b. 1961, Tartu) is an Estonian painter, video and performance artist. The artist has exhibited widely, both at home and abroad, where he has participated in the first Manifesta (1996), 4th Berlin contemporary art biennial (2006) and represented Estonia at the Venice Biennial twice, in 1997 and 2003. Toomik has recently shown at ARTRA Gallery, Milan; Pop/off art gallery, Moscow (2012); Vaal Gallery, Tallinn (2011) and Turku Art Museum, Turku (2010).

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