Exhibition of paintings by Fred Kotkas “Estonian Party”
“Estonian Party” is a painting exhibition that gives a colourful overview of festivals celebrated in Estonia and of people celebrating such festivals. The exhibition looks at various kinds of events that give us a reason to come together and rejoice. In addition, the exhibition shows how people prepare for and recover from a party. And demonstrates what moods prevail when it is impossible to party.
The exhibition aims to offer a thought-provoking art experience, which behind its funny and entertaining façade draws attention to the issues of concern in the society. By doing so, the author neither points his finger nor disapproves, but approaches the topic as an impartial observer, leaving the visitors to draw their own conclusions. However, it will not go unnoticed that the ulterior motive of the exhibition is clearly the desire to open the door to the “root cellar” and let in some light and fresh air.
Fred Kotkas (b. 1986) is a painter and illustrator. In 2012, he graduated from the Liberal Arts Department of the Estonian Academy of Arts and his works explore the everyday life in its absurdity and tragicomedy. Kotkas’s earlier personal exhibitions have taken place in Temnikova & Kasela Gallery (2013) and Hobusepea Gallery (2012).