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Dear I’m a Painting / Always Yours Blue Lagoon

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The book I’m a Painting / Always Yours Blue Lagoon accompanied the exhibition project “Merike Estna and I’m a Painting” at the Kumu Art Museum (27.06.–02.11.2014, Contemporary Art Gallery). The project, which spatially combined two exhibitions – Merike Estna’s solo exhibition “Blue Lagoon” and the international painting exhibition “I’m a Painting” – continues the format experimentation as a book. This is not a traditional exhibition catalogue or collection of essays; the book can be treated as an independent work. A large part of the book is devoted to photo documentation (Anu Vahtra): the black-and-white section provides a survey of the exhibition’s installation, and the colour photos portray the works exhibited in the “Blue Lagoon” and “I’m a Painting” expositions, and provide views of the space. There is also a series of photos of the exhibition opening, Merike Estna’s wearable paintings and scans of Simon Daniel Tegnander’s works.

The texts for the book were written by Gavin Wade, a British gallerist and contemporary painting apologist, the artist Merike Estna and the curator Kati Ilves. Gavin Wade’s poetic essay establishes a relationship to the work of the “I’m a Painting” artists. Merike Estna analyses the connection between the exhibitions in a fictional context. Kati Ilves’s text is a curator’s text that clarifies the exhibition project by explaining its aspirations as they relate to content, as well as space and form.

Edited by Kati Ilves and Merike Estna
Texts by Gavin Wade, Merike Estna and Kati Ilves
Biographies edited by the artists
Designed by Indrek Sirkel
284 pp.
In Estonian and English, illustrated
Published by the Art Museum of Estonia – Kumu Art Museum
Tallinn 2014

ISBN 978-9949-485-32-1

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