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  • Alexei Gordin

    Biography

    Alexei Gordin (born 1989) studied painting in Tallinn and Helsinki and currently lives and works in Tallinn.

    Although he has a background as a painter, Gordin fluently uses different media and works with drawing, photography, video, and performance.

    The main subject matter of his artistic practice is absurdly stereotypical thinking and behavior patterns of people in contemporary mass society. Gordin’s works are almost always narrative in nature and often cover exciting or annoying situations. In the early years of his career, filthy slums, empty industrial landscapes, marginalised and stigmatised social groups, and vulgar jokes constituted the core atmosphere of Gordin’s work.

    The harsh reality of the art world has now become one of his main topics and the artist has himself become the protagonist. Scenes scattered with black humor deconstruct the image of the professional art world as something elitist and glamorous.

    Gordin has won several photography competitions and in 2017 he was awarded the Young Painters’ Prize in Vilnius.

    More info on Alexei’s homepage.

    Press/Publications

    Painting is (not) just fun anymore.
    The young Painter prize 2017.
    Alberta Vengryte. Echo gone wrong. 15/12/17

    CV

    Alexei Gordin (1989) born in Tomsk, Russia, lives and works in Tallinn, Estonia.

    Education

    2014-2016 Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki, Fine Arts (MFA)
    2008-2011 Estonian Academy of Arts, Fine Arts (BA)

    Solo Exhibitions

    2019 Prison Break, Dungeon Space, Tallinn, Estonia
    2018 The outside world must not come in – Alexei Gordin, SomoS Art House, Berlin, Germany
    2018 Artists, galleries and abondoned spaces, SomoS Art House, Berlin, Germany; Pamenkalnio Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania
    2018 Potential of the Artist’s Struggle, Myymälä2 Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
    2018 I Remained Silent, Kogo Gallery, Tartu, Estonia
    2018 Weird feeling, Brivibas Gallery, Valga, Estonia
    2017 Art is Not Just Fun Anymore, Tartu Art House, Tartu, Estonia
    2015 Forever Not Ready, Draakoni Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
    2014 Artist Collecting Bottles, Y Gallery, Tartu, Estonia
    2014 March 1989 – August 2014, Tallinn City Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
    2013 Between the Past and the Cosmos, Aatrium Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
    2013 No Money To Rent a Gallery, Telliskivi Creative City, Tallinn, Estonia
    2012 No More Hope For Lovely Creatures, Kultuurikatel garden, Tallinn, Estonia
    2011 Art Is So Gay, together with E. Jakubov, Parikaste house, Tallinn, Estonia
    2011 Correction Work, Pärnu City Gallery, Pärnu, Estonia
    2010 Image of Duality, together with A. Kulpin, Aatrium Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia

    Group Exhibitions

    2019 Eesti Parimad Noored Kunstnikud, Pärnu Linnagalerii, Pärnu, Estonia
    2018 Estonia100 – Self-Identity, curated by Alina Orav, Kuja Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
    2018 There and Back Again, curated by Saara Hacklin and Kati Kivinen, KIASMA Contemporary Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland
    2017 Silta, curated by V. Halmettoja, Virkka gallery, Helsinki, Finland
    2017 Perform or Not, Culture Factory Polymer, Tallinn, Estonia
    2017 Children of the New East, curated by Siim Preiman, Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia
    2016 EXTENSION.EE, curated by E. Pärn, Triumph Gallery, Moscow, Russia
    2016 Bedroom Paintings, Kopli Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
    2016 Young Painter Prize, TSEKH Gallery Vilnius, Lithuania
    2016 Haava. Seppo Fränti collection, Lapinlahden sairaala, Helsinki, Finland
    2016 Systems3, Exhibition Laboratory, Helsinki, Finland
    2016 Reflections, Vol. 2, curated by E. Pärn, Narva College, Estonia
    2016 Art Laboratory @ Flow Festival, curated by S. Lehtinen, Helsinki, Finland
    2016 Kilometre of Sculpture, curated by A. Virtanen, Rakvere, Estonia
    2016 Kuvan Kevät, Project Room Gallery, curated by S. Lehtinen, Helsinki, Finland
    2016 Systems2, Free Art Space, Helsinki, Finland
    2016 Techniques of delusion, KuvaTila Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
    2015 Art Laboratory @ Flow Festival, curated by J. Räsänen, Helsinki, Finland
    2015 Metamorphoses of the Black Square. Interpretations of Malevich’s Work in Estonian Art, curated by E.Taidre, KUMU Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia
    2015 Frozen Species Against the Wall, curated by G. Biagini, Eskus Performance Center, Helsinki, Finland
    2015 What is Surface?, Project Space Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
    2015 Reflections, curated by E. Pärn, Tallinn Russian Museum, Estonia
    2014 Playground, Polymer Culture Factory, Tallinn, Estonia
    2012 Archaeology and the Future of Estonian Art Scenes, curated by Rael Artel, KUMU Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia
    2011 Lost in Transition, curated by Rael Artel, Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn
    2010 Project Loop, KUMU Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia; Pärnu Art Museum, Pärnu, Estonia

    Performances

    2017 Goodbye my works, with Kristina Koobak, Perform or not festival, Culture Factory Polymer, Tallinn, Estonia
    2015 Painting Against the Painting Against the Wall, Helsinki Theatre Academy, Helsinki, Finland
    2015 Frozen Species Project, curated by G. Biagini, Helsinki, Finland
    2014 Elephant of Troy, with E. Jakubov, Kultuuritolm Festival, Tallinn, Estonia
    2011 My Journey Ends Here, with E. Jakubov, San Marco, Venice, Italy

    Prizes

    2017 Young Painter Prize, Vilnius, Lithuania
    2008 Estonian Nature Photo, 2nd prize
    2007 Pärnu Portrait Photo, 1st prize

    Residencies

    2018 SomoS Art House residency, Berlin, Germany
    2017 Young Artists Association Studio, Budapest, Hungary

    Publications

    Indrek Grigor, Üksinda galeriis, Sirp, 1.06.2018.
    Alberta Vengryte, Painting is (not) just fun anymore. The young Painter prize 2017, Echo Gone Wrong, 15.12.2017.
    Elnara Taidre, Alexei Gordin ja nõukogude-järgse kunstniku seiklused kapitalistlikus maailmas, Vikerkaar, 01.07.2017.
    Tanel Rander, Tõejärgse ajastu tõejärgne kunst, Sirp, 17.03.2017.
    Eva-Erle Lilleaed, Romantiline IdaEuroopa Lääne moodi, Postimees, 21.03.2017.
    Aleksandra Orlova, Teise pilk aitab ennast leida, Sirp, 16.12.2016.
    Andreas Trossek, Half-jokingly… Notes to Alexei Gordin, Magazine of Art and Visual Culture in Estonia KUNST.EE, 4/2015.
    Kaarel Kressa, Kas kunstnik on tähtsam kui pudelikorjaja?, Eesti Päevaleht, 12.08.2014.
    Asso Puidet, Noor kunstnik teostab end pudeleid korjates, Pärnu Postimees, august 2013.

    Works in Collections

    National Gallery of Lithuania, Vilnius, Lithuania
    Seppo Fränti collection, Helsinki, Finland
    Tartu Art Museum, Tartu, Estonia
    Päivi & Paavo Lipponen Foundation, Kiasma Contemporary Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland

    Selected Artworks
    Working Class Heroes
    2020
    Painting Show
    2020
    Untitled
    2020
    The Hell Is Ohter People
    2020
    Untitled
    2019
    Dystopia
    2020
    With Every Day Its Getting Better and Better
    2019
    Place Under the Sun
    2019
    Untitled
    2019
    Signs not to follow
    2019
    Untitled
    2019
    Portrait of Mary Boone in Prison
    2019
    3.5 per Hour
    2018
    Lost Highway
    2019
    Untitled
    2019
    Vesna
    2019
    Wind of Change
    2019
    Fire Walk With Me
    2019
    EXHIBITIONist
    2019
    Enjoy the Silence
    2018
    Untitled
    2019
    Boy Meets Girl
    2019
    The First Painting
    2018
    Endless
    2018
    Do You Feel Safe Here?
    2018
    Periphery
    2018
    Here and Nowhere
    2018
    Untitled
    2018
    Therapy
    2018
    Curator, Interrupted
    2018
    Introduction to Silence
    2018
    About the Beauty
    2018
    Picturesque Sunset
    2018
    Untitled
    2018
    Stop
    2018
    Lights
    2018
    Mom
    2018
    Wastelands
    2018
    Philosophers and Me
    2018
    Upcoming
    2018
    The Thing
    2018
    MirrorMirror
    2018
    Silent Morning
    2018
    Personal Landscape
    2017
    The Visit
    2018
    Untitled (After Prodigy)
    2017
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    Alexei Gordin
    Working Class Heroes
    Acrylic on canvas
    70 x 100
    2020

    Alexei Gordin
    Untitled
    Acrylic, spry and pastels on paper
    70 x 50 cm
    2020

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    Alexei Gordin
    The Hell Is Ohter People
    Acrylic, spry and artificial blood on canvas
    70 x 100 cm
    2020

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    Alexei Gordin
    Untitled
    Acrylic on canvas
    90 x 110 cm
    2019

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    Alexei Gordin
    Dystopia
    Acrylic on canvas
    110 x 110 cm
    2020

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    Alexei Gordin
    With Every Day Its Getting Better and Better
    Acrylic and spray on canvas
    72 x 92 cm
    2019

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    Alexei Gordin
    Place Under the Sun
    Acrylic on canvas
    70 x 90 cm
    2019

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    Alexei Gordin
    Untitled
    HD video, mute; Edition 2+1 AP
    00:21, loop
    2019

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    Alexei Gordin
    Signs not to follow
    Acrylic on canvas
    110 x 90 cm
    2019

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    Alexei Gordin
    Portrait of Mary Boone in Prison
    Acrylic on canvas
    45 x 50 cm
    2019

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    Alexei Gordin
    3.5 per Hour
    Acrylic on canvas
    50 x 50 cm
    2018

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    Alexei Gordin
    Lost Highway
    Acrylic on canvas
    57 x 80 cm
    2019

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    Alexei Gordin
    Vesna
    Acrylic on canvas (diptych)
    2 x (54 x 74) cm
    2019

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    Alexei Gordin
    Wind of Change
    Acrylic on canvas
    100 x 80 cm
    2019

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    Alexei Gordin
    Fire Walk With Me
    Acrylic on canvas
    90 x 110 cm
    2019

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    Alexei Gordin
    EXHIBITIONist
    Acrylic on canvas
    65 x 85 cm
    2019

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    Alexei Gordin
    Enjoy the Silence
    Acrylic on canvas
    60 x 70 cm
    2018

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    Alexei Gordin
    Boy Meets Girl
    Acrylic on canvas
    60 × 70 cm
    2019

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    Alexei Gordin
    The First Painting
    Acrylic on canvas
    70 x 110 cm
    00’21’’ loop
    2018

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    Alexei Gordin
    Endless
    Acrylic on canvas
    100 x 120 cm
    2018

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    Alexei Gordin
    Do You Feel Safe Here?
    Acrylic on canvas
    130 x 100 cm
    2018

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    Alexei Gordin
    Periphery
    Acrylic on canvas
    80 x 70 cm
    2018

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    Alexei Gordin
    Here and Nowhere
    Acrylic on canvas
    80 x 80 cm
    2018

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    Alexei Gordin
    Untitled
    Acrylic on canvas
    60 x 50 cm
    2018

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    Alexei Gordin
    Therapy
    Acrylic on canvas
    40 x 30 cm
    2018

    In private collection

    Alexei Gordin
    Curator, Interrupted
    Acrylic on canvas
    60 x 80 cm
    2018

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    Alexei Gordin
    MirrorMirror
    Acrylic on canvas
    50 × 60 cm
    2018

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    Alexei Gordin
    Silent Morning
    Acrylic on canvas
    62 × 90 × 5 cm
    2018

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    Alexei Gordin
    Personal Landscape
    Acrylic on canvas
    110 × 140 cm
    2017

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    Alexei Gordin
    The Visit
    Mixed media on cardboard
    40 x 28 cm
    2018

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    Alexei Gordin
    Untitled (After Prodigy)
    Mixed media on cardboard
    30 × 39 cm
    2017

    In private collection