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Merike Estna, Camouflage Painting Show, 2014, oil on canvas, house paint. Installation view.

Merike Estna

Kumu Art Museum

Merike Estna, Camouflage Painting Show, 2014, oil on canvas, house paint. Installation view.

Merike Estna’s exhibition “Blue Lagoon” forces the visitor out of the comfortable position of being merely a viewer: One can step on painting, eat it, wear it. Painting spills over to the floor; it takes the form of cakes, cocktails, books, and videos, while the vivacity of light pastel colors and vibrant patterns immerses the visitor in an overall sensory-cultural experience. On entering the expanded space of painting, one finds the hierarchies separating it from the decorative arts and everyday life dissolving. The installation is filled with all sorts of objects. But whatever they are—hats, pieces of clothing, strips of canvas, ventilators, TV screens—all aspire to one single thing: to be paintings.

The young London-based Estonian artist challenges the tradition of abstract painting, from color and composition, form and materials, through display and perception. Estna

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