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 behaviour 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 humour 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.

Selected Artworks
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
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

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

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

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Alexei Gordin
The First Painting
Acrylic on canvas
70 x 110 cm
2018

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Endless
Acrylic on canvas
100 x 120 cm
2018

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

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Periphery
80 x 70 cm
2018

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Here and Nowhere
Acrylic on canvas
80 x 80 cm
2018

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Untitled
Acrylic on canvas
60 x 50 cm
2018

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Therapy
Acrylic on canvas
40 x 30 cm
2018

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Curator, Interrupted
Acrylic on canvas
60 x 80 cm
2018

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MirrorMirror
Acrylic on canvas
50 × 60 cm
2018

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

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Personal Landscape
Acrylic on canvas
110 × 140 cm
2017

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The Visit
Mixed media on cardboard
40 x 28 cm
2018

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

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