2013-01-28 16:44:48 - “art place berlin” – forum for contemporary art at the Park Inn Berlin-Alexanderplatz honors with the exhibition in a special way, twenty years artistic work of Ivar Kaasik in Berlin.
“The exhibition by "art place berlin" also shows Kaasiks latest works, the most radical abstractions within his oeuvre so far. In mostly large-scale oil paintings the notions of the artificial and the natural are blurring. They seem like a tribute to artists such as Joseph Albers and Mark Rothko, or the phenomenological light in the impressive works by James Turrell.
Kaasik tries to reduce the elements in the paintings to a minimum. Seamlessly painted in oil, Kaasiks canvases have an artificial liveliness. An ethereal sheen creates an electrifying aura that is both intellectual and synthetic. At first, the pictures seem like windows in a room with colored light that defy the laws of physics.
You can think of everything, but nothing concrete,
when standing in front of his large-scale abstractions, because Kaasik waives on motifs. It was doubts and curiosity that set this process in motion. Kaasik rarely tells in these paintings. There is only an inkling, an plea before the silence.” - Harald Hofbauer (cited in extracts)
“Cool and fashionable, symbolical and expressive, putting together modern art history, big names of abstractionism and very personal attitude – such is my characterization of Ivar Kaasik. 20 years of making abstract art means for Kaasik that such kind of styles like op-art or geometrical art are still actual expression and have always new ways of developing.” - Harry Liivrand
The exhibition will be opened by HE Mrs. Dr. Kaja Tael, Ambassador of Estonia. The introduction to the exhibition will be given by Mr. Harry Liivrand, Cultural Attaché of the Estonian Embassy, renowned art historian and art critic and former director of the Tallinn Art Hall.
Ivar Kaasik, born 1965 in Kuressaare / Estonia, 1983 - 1992 he studied at Estonian Academy of Art, 1989/1990 he studied at the University of Art and Design Halle/Saale, 1992 he graduated from the Estonian Academy of Arts / Diploma of Art, works have been exhibited internationally since 1988, since twenty years he works in Kuressaare and Berlin.
IVAR KAASIK - "Before the Silence", abstract paintings 1993-2013, a retrospective
February 5th - April 14th, 2013, daily 9 – 22h, entrance free
art place berlin – forum for contemporary art
Park Inn Berlin, Alexanderplatz 7, 10178 Berlin
”art place berlin” is the forum with a new format for the presentation of exhibitions of contemporary art and intercultural projects, located at the Park Inn Berlin-Alexanderplatz.
More than 30.000 visitors monthly from all over the world will experience an encounter with current international art. The exhibitions show mainly painting, graphic, photography and works on paper and are open to the public daily from 9am to 10pm with free entry for the exhibition areas on the ground floor and at the first floor.
Today “art place berlin” looks back on three years of successful cooperation with artists, curators and institutions. Before that, more than 100 exhibition projects were implemented in the former "Art Center Berlin Friedrichstrasse". www.art-center-berlin.info