Art from Estonia
The first event in “The Sound of Europe” series, which took place in 2013, featured a live painting performance by Estonian artist Ivar Kaasik. His painting is a homage to his home country: Eesti.
This is how he describes the painting’s relationship to his home country:
“A resonance with an electrified glow, dizzying turbulence, pulsating energy that defies space. The illusory qualities of colour merge with the physicality of the modified environment. The viewer’s perception of the focus keeps shifting.”
Kaasik’s acrylic-on-canvas painting exudes an artificial vibrancy; its ethereal lustre evokes that of a plasma screen and creates an electrifying aura that is both spiritual and synthetic.
Kaasik, who originally trained to be a goldsmith at the Academy of Arts in Tallinn, dispenses with the conventional features of classical painting: clarity, depth, themes. Kaasik’s oeuvre makes little attempt to describe the world; it only gives a vague sense of it. It can be compared to a relationship in which an excess of familiarity has led to alienation – the relationship with one’s home country.
Kaasik combines the metaphysical qualities of abstract painting with contemporary art. He creates a sense of subtle deception through contrasting tones, colour perspectives, and rough lines whose geometric shapes continuously swell and retreat to depict an illusory space.