LAIVI & MIHKEL MARIPUU will open their first co-exhibition Killer Image: Shifting Modes of Desire in Hobusepea gallery at 6pm on Thursday on April 27, 2017.

The artists comment on their exhibition as follows: „There are two instruments for purposeful manipulating: material and idea. The sum of all possibilities is an imperceptible chaos where order should be created while ignoring disorder. We are interpreting mental ideas into physical matter while searching, defining and understanding for a moment. The essence of art is an assiduous act of an unattainable truth, realizing ideas in physical matter: creating identifiable associations between the perceived idea and the conquered matter. Qualitative analysis. Perfection is unattainable as it is inevitable that the result of a concept becoming matter will be equivocal, general or ambiguous. Visual outcome depends on the way abstraction works. Choices are stylistical. Connection between material and the created product is both psyhical and immaterial. While sensing the intrinsic characteristics, meanings and restrictions of chosen materials, we adjust and apply the concept accordingly.
Mundane realization tests the aptitude of a human-size object. What can we depict as an image and a word after all? To express the essence of existence? Is it only the aptitude of translating the complex idea that we really value? According to the first impression and appearance? Does an image talk? Is language, being more explicit, more efficient than matter? The same words won't guarantee understanding, however, these help to express viewpoints, offer support and protection. Trying to understand is human; yet, every interpretation is definitely personal, with the mixed layers of consciousness and subconsciousness. An artwork is a border between the inner and outer world of an artist. The starting point and choices change together with one's identity: personal convictions and social belonging. Present moment of time is connected to the choices of both the past and the future.“

Laivi (Laivi Suurväli) has studied advertising in Great Britain, fashion design in Denmark, Finland and Estonian Academy of Arts. Since 2014 she has participated in exhibitions („Separation of Space“ in ISFAG@EKKM, 2014; „On disappearing & for vanishing“ in Tartu Art Museum, 2016). Laivi has held personal exhibitions in EKA Gallery and Tartu Art Museum (both in 2016). Her personal exhibition TOO MUCH TOO LITTLE / fashion renewing the balance between hiding and showing is accessible in

Mihkel Maripuu has obtained BA degree in the department of painting, faculty of philosophy, at the University of Tartu in 2010 and MA degree in the department of painting at the Estonian Academy of Arts in 2014. He has also been an ERASMUS exchange student in Berlin. Maripuu has participated in exhibitions since 2008. Among other exhibitions, he took part in the painting exhibition Can't Go On, Must Go On and Compulsion, both held in Tallinn Art Hall in 2014. His previous personal exhibition in Hobusepea gallery took place in 2014.

Exhibition will be open until May 15, 2017.

Supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia.

Exhibitions in Hobusepea gallery are supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia and Estonian Ministry of Culture.