September 18th – 22nd 2018, SomoS presents a solo exhibition of works by young Estonian visual artist Alexei Gordin.
Gordin is the winner of the 2017 Young Painter Prize, one of the most important art events in the Baltic countries, uniting Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian young artists under 30. As part of the generous prize package supporting the development of young Baltic artists’ careers, Gordin received a residency in one of SomoS live/work studios in August and September of 2018.
Presented in the solo exhibition are new works made during Gordin’s time working as resident artist at SomoS Art House in Berlin, while immersing himself in the city, working alongside a community of international artists.
About Alexei Gordin
Alexei Gordin (b. 1989, Tomsk) lives and works in Tallinn, Estonia. He has studied painting at the Estonian Art Academy. In his sardonic work, he employs different mediums such as painting, drawing, photo, video, and performance.
Gordin’s painting is informed by the problematic sides of contemporary liberal society that he portrays through ironic narratives and frequent use of antihero figures. The difficult relationships between the artist and the market, and the self image and societal role of the artist are explored in a deliberately ironic and in your face way, raising important questions about the validity of art’s rarely questioned conventions and dysfunctionality in a rapidly changing world.
Alexei Gordin homepage