Tarvo Varres will open his solo exhibition The Shadow of Time in Hobusepea gallery at 18:00 on Friday, December 16th, 2022. Exhibition will be open until January 9th, 2023.
How long this lasted I can’t imagine, it wasn’t an imaginary time, it also didn’t belong to the time of things that happen.
Tarvo Varres’s solo exhibition, Shadow of Time, is a site-specific text-based installation, embodying sentences from Maurice Blanchot as sculptural and conceptual objects. Revolving around the themes of multidimensional ambiguities of both the self and time, the work explores the boundaries of text and emotion, the self and the other, the real and the imaginary, while considering questions of multiplicity, the obscure and the contradictory.
In Varres’s artwork, text and language function as an especially sensitive boundary between the real and the imaginary. Therefore, the act of experiencing and reading the work can be viewed as a limit experience or a borderline case. All phrases and sentences used in the current work have been selected by the artist and removed from their original contexts in three different books by Maurice Blanchot. The issues that Varres has posed with his work are not thought exercises, even if they may first appear so. Upon closer observation the pieces aim at something else, though nothing unimaginable – to put oneself totally in question, to challenge the concept of time, to disappear into thoughts…
The artist’s gratitude goes to: Maria Esko, Marten Esko, Anti Saar, Anna Shkodenko, Kirill Tulin
Press release: Marten Esko
Exhibition is supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia.
Exhibitions in Hobusepea gallery are supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Estonian Ministry of Culture and Liviko Ltd.