Hobusepea Gallery: Fields of Possibilities

LAURA KUUSK (1982) will open her personal exhibition „Fields of Possibilities“ in Hobusepea gallery at 6pm on October 16, 2013. Artist talk with art historian Martin Rünk will be held in the gallery at 5pm on Saturday October 19th.

Laura Kuusk uses various techniques and source materials while creating her image-based stories. Excerpts from overheard conversations build up stories imprinted in exercise books; photos found on the Internet with the help of different keywords become pop-up cards; product images taken from IKEA catalogue are turned into watercolour compositions; a frame filmed from a window transforms into a horror film.

The series „Almost Films“ that has been exhibited at several earlier group exhibitions is now presented at the current exposition in full length (including 4 videos, completed in 2010-2012). It is easy for the audience to identify themselves with the artist's commonplace stories that are inviting people to (re)view the things that are in the picture and things that are not there. 

The subject treatment and visual language in Laura Kuusk's artwork allow the viewer to find multiple possibilities for identification while creating an option to build parallels with one's personal experience and related narratives. The viewer's expectations meet themselves. Banality meets the standard format. Fact meets fiction. There's enough material.

According to Martin Rünk, Laura Kuusk examines the storytelling situation in visual art where the recurrent themes are the glance, the relationship of power between the viewer and the artwork and the various means of creating a story.

Laura Kuusk works as an artist since 2006. She has studied semiotics at the University of Tartu and photography at the Estonian Academy of Arts. Currently living and working in Tallinn and Grenoble, France, where she is being involved in the activities of the association AAA and art space AIRE. Since 2009 Kuusk has also been the coordinator of the pop-up art gallery LOOP.

„Fields of Possibilities“ presents the artwork completed during the past four years and is the first personal exhibition of the artist held in Estonia.

www.laurakuusk.com

Thanks to: Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Estonian Artists' Association, Valge Kuup, Fotokuu, Lugemik, Reimo Võsa-Tangsoo, Kristel Raesaar, Jaana Jüris, Neeme Külm, Elin Kard, Camille Laurelli, Laura Toots, Anu Vahtra, Indrek Sirkel, Walter Piirmets, Anneli Kuusk, Teele Kuusk, Anneli Porri, Martin Rünk, Toomas Übner, Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design, Sapin's art collection.

Exhibition will be open until October 28, 2013.

Exhibitions in Hobusepea gallery are supported by Estonian Ministry of Culture.

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