During Art Week, the Okapi Gallery will be setting up an exhibition covering multiple forms of art: glass, metal, photography and augmented reality.
From 17 July, an installation combining Rait Prääts’ glass sculptures and Gleb Divov‘s augmented reality technology will be on display in the Central Library. The installation tells us about the triumph of the virtual world and the success story of artificial intelligence, but also hints at dangers, touching on the topics of human instinct and painful aspects of society. Divov has created a complete augmented reality solution specifically for Prääts’ works. It consists of an animated layer displayed on glass objects which visitors can experience using the Artivive application on their smart devices.
From 22 July, Riina Varol, Birgit Pählapuu and T_R_R UNION will join the exhibition.
Photographer Riina Varol will be presenting her newly completed series of 2D and 3D photo collages, entitled ‘Voyage’, which seeks out the touch of reality through levels, textures and abstract forms. The works stimulate auditory, olfactory and tactile sensations and the formation of personal memories, where the properties of surfaces and environments are visible and imaginable but out of reach. The elongated circle depicted throughout the series creates a connection between the different dimensions, representing both the human pursuit of perfection and also distancing from it. The point of contact between idea and matter seems surreal in a familiar way, with symbols becoming caricatures on a journey that is adventurous, desirous and somewhat self-ironic.
In the series ‘My Silent Protest’ by glass artist Birgit Pählapuu, the combination of neon glass and photomontage expresses the inner and non-violent rebellion of human nature and the force of thoughts that can be more powerful than a protest march on the street, since such a march would bother people. After all, people protest in different ways: some take to the streets to riot; some go on hunger strike; some hurt themselves; some simply turn their backs and leave the country: one which has, in turn, gone to war with another country as a sign of protest, the same way as brave people go to the front to defend their rights and freedoms. It is precisely the observation of such fearless types and their boundaries that inspired this series.
The joint and constantly evolving project ‘M_M_M_M’ by photographer Temuri Hvingija and metal artists Rait Siska and Risto Tali (T_R_R UNION) expresses the attitudes of the three towards modern art and the world. The project focuses on architectural structures. It seeks out new lines and new details, especially geometric patterns. New techniques and technologies are constantly being tested in combining different media, styles and forms with metal art and photography. The raw material or metal is formed on a lathe, then etched with acid, covered with black photographic paint and, if necessary, bent. The result is two- and three-dimensional works with a spatial texture and effect wherein photo-etching is taken to a new level and becomes an artistic technique all of its own.