Sunday, September 25, 2011


February 3 - March 6, 2011

Y Gallery, Tartu
May 9 - June 5, 2011

Gallery pART, Põltsamaa
October 2 - 31, 2011

Ines Erlemann, Melina Herrero-Vilches, Kaie Kal, Kaij
a Kesa, Kaili-Angela Konno, Mari-Liis Laanemaa, Eva Luure, Joonmeedia (Tanel Rannala & Siiri Taimla), Kadi Pajupuu & Marilyn Piirsalu, Pastacas (Ramo Teder), Jaanika Peerna, Anna-Liisa Pärt, Lembe Ruben, Leho Rubis, Alide Zvorovski, Helen Tago, Indrek Tali & Triine-Anette Täks, Toomas Tõnissoo, Pille Õnnepalu.

Curated by Margot Kask.

Sound by Pastacas (Ramo Teder). 40''22'.

Drawing, need for drawing skills, different ways for drawing and even the definition of drawing has been under discussion lately on several occasions. The exhibition is based on the ordinary concept, in its many aspects. First, ordinary as “ordinary” lead pencil, which until two decades ago everybody used, also for writing, whenever there might have been necessary to erase the text afterwards or if there just wasn't any ball-point pen at sight. Then it's “ordinary” as something so common, that you don't notice its existence any more, but once its gone from your life, it suddenly appears to be very necessary. „Ordinary”, which both in sense of theme and tool is very personal. The artists participating at the exhibition, have tried to touch the limits of drawing, explore the possibilities of this medium. Exhibition includes drawings from schematic approach to precise description, from cognition-based to conceptual. Drawing Media artists Tanel Rannala and Siiri Taimla present ten interviews with drawing teachers and students, to find out the current state of drawing at Estonian art universities: if and what should be taught at drawing department?

Reet Varblane,
Curator at Tallinn Art Hall

The ordinary (lead pencil)

Today there's nothing ordinary in ordinary lead pencil, it's used daily only by first-grade children, art students and carpenters.

Charcoal and lead pencil are the cheapest tools to make art. Line drawn by charcoal or lead pencil can easily be erased, turn back to nothingness. Both factors are the reasons why rehearsal is the co-meaning of drawing – practicing and planning.

Drawing can be direct.
Drawing is a materialized trail of a thought. Thus, drawing is always a reprise of something, either based on random, accidental stream of consciousness, carefully considered and selected object or idea developed in detail. Image is a tool, which allows to observe, manage and develop the content of the depicted better.
Drawing can be a research. Phenomena and activities surrounding us on a daily basis and with which we are therefore used to, are sensed as ordinary. Some of them we don't notice at all. A closer examination shows the relations of cause and effect binding them and then those same familiar phenomena wont seem so trifling any more. The purpose of reprise, which seemed so drab, is mostly organizing, necessary for primary life processes, even survival.
The word „ordinary” is based on customs and rites – repeating activities. Most of the events called special or gained extra attention are highlighted because of their liminality – crossing boundaries, determination. In the context of cause and effect, every action becomes decisive for something.

As an expression, every drawing is unique. Expression is an essential presentation. Ideally presentation is a game – conscious, creative, experimenting and of course communicating act.

Margot Kask,
curator of the exhibition

Following is a brief overview of works included at the exhibition. Further information about each work can be obtained by clicking the name of the artist on the right hand side of the page.

Alide Zvoroski. Isolator, 2011. Graphite on paper, tin tube.

Eva Luure. Self-portrait, 2007. Video, 3'43''.

Indrek Tali & Triine Anette Täks. Echoes of the Universe, 2011.
Charcoal on wall, sound in headphones, dimensions variable.
Installation view from Y Gallery, Tartu.

Ines Erlemann. Ordinary Exercise, 2010. Video, 5'36''.

Jaanika Peerna. Ordinary sea H, 2010. Graphite on vellum, 92 x 30 cm. Detail.

Jaanika Peerna. Maelström series, 2010-2011.
Wax pencil on mylar, 92 x 92 cm, frames 102 x 102 cm.

Drawingmedia (Tanel Rannala & Siiri Taimla). Creativity and/or fear. 15 interviews on purposes and options of drawing studies with drawing teachers, students and curators. Installation view from Tallinn Art Hall Gallery.

Kadi Pajupuu & Marilyn Piirsalu. Ordinary dialogue, 2011. Video, 2''.

Kaie Kal. Untitled, 2011. Graphite and colour pencil on paper and cardboard, rope.

Kaija Kesa. Embroidered botany, 2011. Graphite, Japanese paper, 30 x 30 cm each.

Kaili-Angela Konno. Core, 2011. Graphite and rust on sheet metal, 200 x 102 cm.

Lembe Ruben. Exercises for a blue pencil, 2011. Colour pencil on paper, 21 x 29,7 cm each.

Lembe Ruben. Mother 24, 2011. 24 graphite drawings on paper, 42 x 29,7 cm each, nails.
Installation view from Y Gallery, Tartu.

Pastacas (Ramo Teder). Ball-point pen drawings, some from 2005-2009, most from 2010 and some from 2011. Ball-point pen on paper, 21 x 29 cm, 29 x 42 cm.
Installation view from Y Gallery, Tartu.

Toomas Tõnissoo. Ramps, 2011. Graphite, plywood, wood, sand, oil. Ca 110 x 140 x 25 cm.
Installation view from Tallinn Art Hall Gallery.

All photos by Margot Kask.


  1. Looking forward to the Põltsamaa version of the show.
    Ja tänud tassimise ja riputamise eest. suured.

  2. Põltsamaa näituse pildid pART galerii kodukal