Face To Face
Oil on linen
270X190cm & 27X19cm
Quote from the Self-Contained Pictures exhibition press release:
“Mart Vainre's work is mostly mediated by camera or image processing, even if the artist has almost always used painting techniques in order to materialize his pieces. While including other methods of picture making in his working process, Vainre aims at creating multilayered viewing experience where the picture would simultaneously have a subjective as well as objective effect. His works can be viewed as time-consuming rituals that illustrate the intersections between the personal and the universal.
According to the artist, the pieces completed for the present exhibition serve as „echo chambers“ that are quoting the primary sources hidden in themselves. Vainre reuses and magnifies arbitrary blotches of paint, primitive self-portrait and abundant brushstroke in order to study the contents and construction. It seems more important for him to ask „how?“ than „what?“.
Mart Vainre: „My working method is based on the wish to fire myself up with as little means as possible. Without relying upon the infinite external possibilities I aim at focusing on my personal weak and incomprehensible impulses that I keep intensifying through my painting method, recreating and repeating various motifs. Expressing myself through colour and afterwards contemplating the result has led me to the realization how the opposites may be closely intertwined: the individual and the public; the moment, the past and the future; disarrangement and order; anxiety and peace.““