13.00 to 23.00
Merike Estna (UK/Estonia) in collaboration with DJ Charlotte BENDIKS (Norway) + DJ Christian Bruun (Norway), and artists Tanya Busse (Norway/Canada), Calder Harben (Canada) and Robel Temesgen (Ethiopia).
Merike Estna has produced paintings as an exclusive edition of towels and robes to sport in and around the sauna/gallery, as well as an installation. We will be hosting a limited edition of sauna sessions with paintings as towels/ towels as paintings in our gallery sauna from 7pm onwards.
Along with DJ Charlotte BENDIKS+ DJ Christian Bruun and limited edition of FoodWorks by Calder Harben and Robel Temesgen + Cocktails by Tanya Busse/ in the evening, this event is a sure thing and not to be missed.
1-7pm installation of Towel Paintings and a set for the evening event open to the public
DJ Charlotte BENDIKS+ DJ Christian Bruun
Limited Edition of Sauna sessions/ FoodWorks/ Cocktails
Bring a drink contribution for the evening event!
Please note that Sauna sessions with paintings as towels as well as FoodWorks and Cocktails are limited edition only and first-come, first-served.
Nordic Baltic A-I-R
Nordic Baltic A-I-R and Small Projects are pleased to welcome Merike Estna as our first guest artist for Troms County Council's Artist-in-Residence 2014 program.
Merike Estna is an artist from Talinn, Estonia, currently based in London. Educated as a painter and performance artist, her practice often departs from the canvas and combines various media to push the boundaries of painting and explore ways it can be re-imagined and expanded upon. Her paintings have evolved from traditional ideas of picture-making, which were commonplace in the former Soviet Republic of her birth, into more contemporary approaches to abstraction, which she encountered upon entering London’s Goldsmiths College. More recently she has become interested in incorporating performance and moving images in to her installations as an approach toward painting within an expanded field, including recombining and remixing various art-making techniques.
During her stay with Nordic/Baltic A-I-R she will continue to work with painting, through explorations in video, fashion, and an artist book to be published for her upcoming show at KUMU, Estonia, later this summer.
Merike Estna was born in Estonia in 1980. She studied Performance Art at Academia Non Grata, and received her BA in Painting at the Estonian Academy of Art. She moved to London and in 2009 completed a Masters in Art Practice at Goldsmiths College. She has represented Estonia in the following group exhibitions: Prague biennale 3, Prague, Czech Republic; "Estonian Contemporary Art” Baltic States, Kalmar Art Museum, Sweden; “Consequences and Proposals” The Biennale of Young Artists, Tallinn, Estonia; “No Borders” organized by AICA International Association of Art Critics, exhibited in Belgium, Greece and Spain; “Space Oddity” Maison Folie Wazemmes, France, organized by Vilnius Contemporary Art Centre; “Boarder Country” Exhibition of Estonian Contemporary art in Guangzhou, China, organized by Tallinn Art Hall. She has twice been nominated for the Konrad Mäe Prize and was included in “The best 100 (and beyond)” international artists selected for Flash Art Magazine. She is represented in Tallinn, Estonia, by Temnikova & Kasela Gallery.