Kaido Ole, Composition with Melted Aluminium I, mixed technique on MDF board, 120×120 cm, 2022
21 January – 12 March 2023
opening 20 January, 6 pm
The exhibition consists of abstract works created by the artist during the last three years.
A certain pleasure taken from using different materials, or at least putting them to a test, was part of Ole's work also in the 90s. At the time, above all, this was evident in the choice of the base material of the painting; for example, in the use of large and small or white planks and small plywood or MDF. Now, some of the materials have found their way from the base to the foreground and are no longer merely materials but, having become almost main characters, demand another kind of attention. At the same time, other materials and identifiable objects are created using other means and are mediated virtually – these have been depicted. This seems to cancel out the abstract in Ole's work but only at first glance, because all depicted or positioned elements, identifiable or not, are in some sort of rivalry and it is precisely in this relationship that the abstract is expressed in these paintings. –Marten Esko
Kaido Ole (b. 1963) lives and works in Tallinn. He studied design and painting at the Estonian Academy of Arts (1982-1992) and has worked at the Academy as a drawing and painting teacher and as a professor in the painting department (2003-2010). He has been a freelance artist from 2010 onwards, having been featured at exhibitions since 1989. In 2003, he represented Estonia at the 50th Venice Biennale, appearing together with Marko Mäetamm under the alias John Smith.
A selection of recent solo and group exhibitions includes "Counting to Ten" at CSW Centre of Contemporary Art, Toruń (2022/2023); "A Sparrow in the Hand", with Benjamin Badock, Tallinn Art Hall Gallery (2020); a solo retrospective "Dance at the Lonely Hearts Club" in Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga (2019); “Related by Sister Languages. Estonian-Hungarian Contemporary Art Exhibition”, Ludwig Museum, Budapest (2018); "Blind Date", Triumph Gallery, Moscow (2017); "Nogank Hoparniis", Tallinn Art Hall (2016); "The New Building", Tartu Art Museum; "The Meaning of Life", with Marko Mäetamm, FUGA, Budapest (2015); "Freaks", Tallinn Art Hall Gallery; "Typical Individuals", Tartu Art Museum; "100 Painters of Tomorrow", One Art Space, New York (2014); "...oh, and also...", Temnikova & Kasela, Tallinn (2013); "Archaeology and the Future of Estonian Art Scenes", Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn; "2003-2011", Novy Museum, Saint Petersburg; "Handsome Hero and Plenty of Still Lifes", Kumu Art Museum; "Collection of Desires. Privatized Art", Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn (2012).
Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design, Tallinn
until 22 January
Tallinn Art Hall’s Lasnamäe Pavilion
until 5 February
Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn
until 9 April
The Latvian Collection