Holger Loodus’ solo exhibition will be on view from January 22 to April 23, 2023. ‘18 Moments of Spring‘ is the first presentation of his new work. Loodus, working with painting and media art, is showing two video installations that provide a comprehensive spatial experience. In contrast to the constant haste and fragmentation of contemporary life, Loodus strives to slow down and while doing so, also shares his ideas and methods with the viewers.
In Loodus’ words, ‘18 Moments of Spring‘ explores a current theme in his work, namely observing moments in a state of stopping time and reducing tempo.“With this exhibition, I invite the visitor into a state that allows them to observe their surroundings from the neutral position of a bystander. I see this as a positive solution to the current state of the world, where the relationship between substantial forces has led to overheating and we can no longer find effective methods to control the situation,” explains Loodus.
The reference in the exhibition title to the Soviet-era television series ‘Seventeen Moments of Spring‘ (1973, directed by Tatyana Lioznova) is not accidental. The particular visual philosophy of the series is akin to the creative creed of the pioneers of ‘slow cinema’ like Andrey Tarkovsky or Ingmar Bergman. If not directly in this type of artistic legacy, the roots of Holger Loodus’ work can be found in a related worldview – a conviction that visual art is an independent language that can be used to address even the most complex of topics and a desire to move toward a slowed down thinking process, where a whole world can be found in a single drop of water.
The exhibition with its all-encompassing and somewhat fantastic atmosphere, amplified by sound, also includes a benevolent sense of humor reminding us that we should not take anything too seriously.
Holger Loodus is a musician, painter, multimedia, and installation artist, as well as a lecturer at the Estonian Academy of Arts. His work is characterized by the construction of strange situations that at times strive toward fantastical realities or alternative histories. In order to do this, he uses analytical and poetic-philosophical visual means – from hyperrealist painting to mechanisms he has constructed himself, and from video to staged installations. In 2018, Loodus participated in the exhibition of the Köler Prize nominees at the Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia and was awarded the People’s Choice Award. Since 2010, he has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in Estonia, Lithuania, Finland and Germany; his most recent solo exhibitions took place at Kogo Gallery in Tartu (2021), Turku Art Museum (2019) and the Tallinn Art Hall Gallery (2017).
This exhibition is supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Tallinn Department of Culture and Sports, Vestman Energia, Estonian Centre of Folk Culture, AkzoNobel.
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