Flows into Being. Eighth Estonian Small-Scale Sculpture Exhibition and the Annual Exhibition of the Estonian Sculptors’ Union

Flows into Being. Eighth Estonian Small-Scale Sculpture Exhibition and the Annual Exhibition of the Estonian Sculptors’ Union
22.09.2021 – 23.10.2021
Gallery Pallas

On Wednesday, 22 September at 5 p.m. the Eighth Estonian Small-Scale Sculpture Exhibition will be opened in the Gallery Pallas alongside the Annual Exhibition of the Estonian Sculptors’ Union. The tradition of these open call group exhibitions was founded by the long-time sculpture collection registrar at the Tartu Art Museum Ahti Seppet in 1986. Therefore, the present edition also marks the 35th anniversary of the series.
Small-scale works from 53 authors with the longest side being no longer than 60 centimetres were selected through the application process. In addition to numerous works in classical materials like ceramics and bronze, the exhibition also includes various installations. Participants include both art students and professional authors at the height of their careers.
The theme of the exhibition invited the artists to seek for the “flow” in their creative process. This allowed the authors to explore ideas and motifs that they found individually most intriguing, joining them to theme through their creative process.

The “flow” as a phenomenon was defined by the Hungarian psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. It is a playful and enjoyable process that is free of criticism and can be accompanied by a loss of sense of time and a complete captivation by the joy of creation. Since most people encounter this to different extents in their everyday lives, this state is not limited to artists and musicians, but it is something shared by all humans. Therefore, instead of having a single motif as a theme, the aim of the exhibition is to consciously achieve “flow” during creation and to explore which tendencies and phenomena arise. The focus is on the process and the best result is determined by individual characteristics of the creator.

Participating artists: Luisa Harjak, Reelika Harlatšov, Elize Hiiop, Kadri Jäätma, Kristiina Jakimenko, Juhan Jõers, Elle Kannike, Kersti Karu, Kati Kerstna, Tiiu Kirsipuu, Ellen Kolk, Georg Kotter, Heiti Kulmar, Leena Kuutma, Ingrid Allik, Olger Lehtsaar, Elo Liiv, Karmen Machachor, Maarit Mälgi, Paul Mänd, Mari Männa, Eneken Maripuu, Piret Meos (Uibotalu), Mare Mikoff, Meiu Münt, Iris Müntel, Ann Nurga, Jüri Ojaver, Terje Ojaver, Tamar Paal, Tõnis Paberit, Hille Palm, Per William Petersen, Rait Prääts, Kaie Pungas, Silver Rannak, Hristina Rinasci, Elise Rohtaas, Ingmar Roomets, Anne Rudanovski, Kärt Seppel, Ahti Seppet, Uku Sepsivart, Gea Sibola Hansen, Kerttu Siplane, Tõnu Smidt, Hannes Starkopf, Mari-Liis Tammi, Nele Tiidelepp, Silja Truus, Andras Tukmann, Ines Villido, Ivan Zubaka.
The exhibition is accompanied by a publication about the history of the exhibition series containing an article by Ahti Seppet. The audience programme consists of a curatorial tour, a workshop and a discussion about the creative process.

Audience programme:
29.09.2021 16:00 – 18:00 Workshop “Creative assemblage from mass produced toys” (register at heiti.kulmar@gmail.com, 58581678)
6.10.2021 17:00 Curatorial tour
13.10.2021 17:00 – 17:30 Discussion group “Flow in creation”

We thank the Sculpture Department of the Pallas University of Applied Sciences and its head, Anne Rudanovski, sculptor Ahti Seppet, Estonian Sculptors’ Union, the Cultural Endowment of Estonia and Pallas University of Applied Sciences

Curator: Heiti Kulmar
Graphic design: Tnxalatte Design Collective
Exhibition team: Richard Adang, Anne Rudanovski, Ahti Seppet, Peeter Talvistu, Anti Saar, Reet-Pulk Piatkowska, Sculpture Department of the Pallas University of Applied Sciences.

For more info:
Heiti Kulmar
+372 58581678

Gallery Pallas
+372 734 9954
T-L 11-18
Riia 11, Tartu