Oil painting by Ivar Kaasik, 1993, 150 x 170cm
Oil painting by Ivar Kaasik, 1994, 175 x 200cm
IVAR KAASIK - Before the Silence
Abstract paintings 1993 - 2013, a retrospective
art place berlin - forum for contemporary art
at the Park Inn Berlin-Alexanderplatz
until May 12th, 2013
The exhibition was opened by
H.E. Dr. Kaja Tael
, Ambassador of Estonia.
the introduction to the exhibition was given by
Mr. Harry Liivrand
, Cultural Attaché, Estonian Embassy.
Estonian Embassy in Berlin
"art place berlin" honors with the exhibition in a special way, twenty years artistic work of Ivar Kaasik in Berlin.
"The upcoming exhibition of "art place berlin" shows Kaasiks latest works, the most radical abstractions within his oeuvre so far. In mostly large-scale oil paintings the notions of the artificial and the natural are blurring. They seem like a tribute to artists such as Joseph Albers and Mark Rothko, or the phenomenological light in the impressive works by James Turrell.
Kaasik tries to reduce the elements in the paintings to a minimum. Seamlessly painted in oil,
Kaasiks canvases have an artificial liveliness. An ethereal sheen creates an electrifying aura that is
both intellectual and synthetic. At first, the pictures seem like windows in a room with colored light
that defy the laws of physics.
You can think of everything, but nothing concrete, when standing in front of his large-scale
abstractions, because Kaasik waives on motifs. It was doubts and curiosity that set this process in
motion. Kaasik rarely tells in these paintings. There is only an inkling, an plea before the silence."
"Cool and fashionable, symbolical and expressive, putting together modern art history, big names of abstractionism and very personal attitude - such is my characterization of Ivar Kaasik. 20 years of making abstract art means for Kaasik that such kind of styles like op-art or geometrical art are still actual expression and have always new ways of developing."
Ivar Kaasik, born 1965 in Kuressaare / Estonia, 1983 - 1992 he studied at Estonian Academy of Art, 1989/1990 he studied at the University of Art and Design Halle/Saale, 1992 he graduated from the Estonian Academy of Arts / Diploma of Art, works have been exhibited internationally since 1988, since 1992 he works in Kuressaare and Berlin.
Ivar Kaasik and Harry Liivrand at the Vernissage
Ivar Kaasik at the exhibition 'Before the Silence'
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