“The Solemn Admonition of Your Breathing”, by Kirke Kangro and Sheri Wills


Kirke Kangro and Sheri Wills will open their exhibition The Solemn Admonition of Your Breathing in Hobusepea gallery at 6pm on Thursday, February 6th, 2020.
Exhibition will be open until February 23rd, 2020.
Today as then I turn to stone
in your presence, sea,
but no longer feel worthy
of the solemn admonition of your breathing
Eugenio Montale
You look at the sea, and your substance begins to change. You look at it to look at something that’s not you. To implode and collapse. To be boundless, diverse and present. This view you could mount on a wall. To go back, to return in microscopic particles. Accelerating gaze, looking at the evading view.
The exhibition is carried by human imagination of an ancient, lasting, uninterrupted existence. Force of nature that is captivating in its wild independence. The title is a line from  Eugenio Montale’s poem that presents a nostalgic view of an uncontrolled and curing nature. It’s an idea of a powerful agency that surrounds us, yet stays untouched by us, being able to cleanse itself. In the poem, the sea casts out all the “useless rubble”, inutili macerie. But our traces are everywhere. You need to measure the heartbeats of a mussel to recognize the unexpected impact of your rubble.
The installations deal with the pleasures of looking and the way they may evolve. The gallery environment presents a view that the artists are trying to control. Or are they trying to show something uncontrollable?
Kirke Kangro works with installation, sculpture, video and performance, the results of which are clearly characterized by purified metaphors. In her installative artwork, Kangro uses minimalist and somewhat lyrical means to analyze the spatial situations and to make paradoxical outings. Her practice focuses on the language of conceptual materials and the construction of meaning – looking for the boundaries of human imagination and expanding on the universal ideas of the environment and existence.
She has curated several international exhibitions and works as a professor and a dean of the faculty of fine arts at the Estonian Academy of Arts.
Sheri Wills is an artist whose work is based in film, video performance, and installation. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including one-person shows at the Director’s Lounge in Berlin, the Robert Beck Memorial Cinema in NYC, and The International Experimental Cinema Exposition. Her films have been screened at venues including the London Film Festival, the International Film Festival in Rotterdam, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Estonian audience had the opportunity to see Sheri Wills' artwork at her personal exhibition What Does Light Remember? held in the basement gallery of Draakon gallery in 2018.
The artist's gratitude goes to: Cultural Endowment of Estonia, TalTech Department of Marine Systems Basseinikatted Ltd, Riisipere Puit, Estonian Environment Agency, Rhode Island School of Design, Estonian Academy of Arts, Kai Künnis-Beres, Ivan Kuprijanov, Toivo Lehtmets, Ain Kilk, Tatiana Kuznetsova, Anastasiia Kovtun-Kante, Tanel Tätte, Hans Otto Ojaste, Maarja Kangro, Anna Magdaleena Kangro, Neeme Külm, Andrus Lauringson, Margit Säde, Madis Luik, Tarvo Varres
Exhibition is supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia.
Exhibitions in Hobusepea gallery are supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Estonian Ministry of Culture and Liviko Ltd.
Additional information:
Hobusepea Gallery
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Hobusepea 2, Tallinn 10133
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