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psychic landscape explores the idea of “landscape” as a transitional link between one’s inner world and the outer reality. Some of the works in the exhibition depict extra-terrestrial spaces, some visualize cerebral states, while others present developed narratives in which the landscape is the main subject. Such disparate interpretations can be seen in videos by Ki’Wa, Jean-Michel Wicker and Vidya Gastaldon. In Ki’Wa’s, Work in Progress, he appears as his androgynous “eastern” persona and uses the urban art of graffiti to “tag” the Japanese symbol for “no” (also the symbol for “yang” of yin & yang) throughout the Estonian countryside. His gesture could literally be considered aggressive, yet the film plays as a painterly and meditative landscape. Shot in Super 8, Jean-Michel Wicker’s Chapels of Extreme Experiences is a study of Cologne Cathedral’s gothic spires, yet this symbol of celestial salvation seems to have burst into perilous flames right before one’s disbelieving eyes. Gastaldon’s contribution, Yellowrama, is an animation in which the landscape is formed by a constant linear procession. Much of Vidya Gastaldon’s poetic imagery seems to emerge from childlike imaginings. Tangibly this can be seen in the handcrafted relics that make up her sculptural installation, Semper Vivum., Her “garden” could be from five millions years ago or just as easily from the realm of science fiction. Gastaldon is further represented by a group of drawings and her sculptural ‘Eggs’. Rainbow colored organic forms, joyous nuclear plants, and a pastel Darth Vader are some of the disparate images that Gastaldon’s discreet lines bring to life, while her ‘Families of Eggs’ simultaneously encapsulate both portraiture and landscape. In Mamie Holst’s Landscape Before Dying series, a white ring appears to float on a galaxy of lines. Impaired by Chronic Fatigue/Immune Dysfuntion Syndrome and its symptoms (exhaustion, memory loss, vertigo, spatial disorientation), Holst seems to offer her viewers a pictorial record of her experience where “ the only thing that is certain is that this is the view from the inside looking out looking in”. For his Gantz Graf animation, Alex Rutterford attempted to give form to a past hallucination, yet he took his primary direction from the music of Autechre, creating a temporally rootless spacescape. “the connection between the music and visuals is important, and you can create a hybrid feeling, or weird aesthetic from putting two different contrasting things together, and Autechre’s Gantz Graf is, that to me, a visual representation of the music, and anything else is almost inappropriate". The gallery’s debut show last fall was Carlos Amorales, and to conclude the season he has contributed three new paintings inspired by The Bad Sleep Well. The illustrator of an invented apocalyptical world, his skulls, crows, spiders and snakes now confront the viewer at eye level. With his mythical imagery, Amorales has created an environment populated by the potential elements of an epic tale. Pressetext

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/ psychic landscape /
mit Carlos Amorales, Vidya Gastaldon, Mamie Holst, Kiwa (Jaanus Kivaste), Alex Rutterford, Jean-Michel Wicker