Alexei Gordin Questions Art World’s Conventions

Solo Exhibtion

25.09.2018   - 29.09.2018

For immediate Release

Press Release: Solo Exhibition, Estonian Artist, Painting, Video-art and Performance

The outside must not come in
Alexei Gordin

WHAT: Solo Exhibition

WHEN: Opening reception: Tuesday September 25th, 6pm

DURATION – September 26-29, daily 2-7pm and by appointment

WHERE: SomoS Art House – Kottbusser Damm 95, 1.0G, 10967, Berlin, U8 – Schönleinstraße

WHO: Alexei Gordin (Estonia)


Estonian Artist Alexei Gordin Questions the Art World’s Conventions

SomoS is proud to presents a solo exhibition of paintings and videos by Estonian visual artist Alexei Gordin, winner of the 2017 Baltic Young Painter Prize. In his paintings, images of the idealized sphere of the professional art world are appropriated as a stage for absurdist fictional situations underlining the artist’s view of its sterility and lifelessness. In the exhibition’s narrative, Gordin puts forward the abandoned space as an antagonistic element.

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 in Berlin, while immersing himself in the city, working alongside a community of international

In his book Inside the White Cube: The Ideology of the Gallery Space Brian O’Doherty claims that “a gallery is constructed along laws as rigorous as those for building a medieval church. The outside world must not come in.” The inspiration for the paintings created during Alexei Gordin’s stay at SomoS comes from a picture blog where the world’s top galleries post their high level exhibitions every day. The spaces in the shots are so white, ideal, symmetrical and fearfully clinical, that the presence of any real life seems to be an excess.

These idealized images are used as the settings of Gordon’s paintings, representing a stage for absurdist fictional situations underlining the artist’s view of the lifelessness of the professional art sphere, bringing life into it.

As an opposite to the sterile idealizations of the commercialized art world, Gordin puts forward the abandoned space as an antagonistic element of the exhibition’s narrative.

As Gordin states,

I intervene in abandoned spaces with performative activity, using them as a tool of deconstruction of the cold logic of capitalism.

My paintings are an ironical depiction of the collision of controversial interventions and the sophisticated myths of contemporary art. In my painting, the outside world appears as a cruel reality, the place definitely not to be in.

Alexei Gordin, Artist’s Statement


During the opening, the world of the gallery will be transformed by an experimental audio set by multimedia artist Jarkko Räsänen. Utilizing magical artifacts from his travels in East Asia, his sound piece will charge the white cube space with mystical energies. Räsänen will organize the crystal formations of a multidimensional hologram live with an audio looper device, and scatter spectral harmonies out of cryptographic softwares written in forgotten languages.

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.
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Paintings and Videos by Alexei Gordin

September 26-29, daily 2-7pm
Opening reception: Tuesday September 25th, 6pm

About SomoS

Selected by Artslant Magazine as one of Berlin’s most interesting art project organizations, SomoS Art House provides space and resources for the production, presentation, and reflection of the arts. SomoS’ ever-expanding Artist-in-Residency program and ambitious exhibitions and event schedule allows for unique opportunities with artists, organisers, and curators to realize an array of artistic endeavors.

SomoS’ mission is to create an international open framework for innovative arts, exhibitions, education and creative cooperation. More information on SomoS


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