Come on, shoot! is the first Finnish solo show by the Estonian contemporary artist Marko Mäetamm.
When I asked Marko about the acrylic paintings in the show, his answer burst with muteness and circumlocution, not much different from his Art Talk video piece, only the answer was more precise.
”I don’t want to talk about my works, I haven’t for years. I’m interested in how others see and experience my works. I don’t want to influence that.”
The pieces in the show are influenced by pop art, comics, posters and reality TV. The viewer holds the key to the technically competent and colourful pieces. ”Melancholy encounters within a marriage,” exclaims the Swede. “An ironic representation of a middle-age relationship of a middle-age couple, done that,” mutters the English person. “An exquisite exaltation of the dark side of love,” praises the French person.
As Marko Mäetamm observes and depicts himself, he sees and paints all of us; bare and vulnerable. Every piece is a layered story connected to another story changing its meaning between every viewing. The apparent simplicity of the surface covers the complexity, luring the viewer to leap and see.
Marko Mäetamm is the most distinguished and internationally most well-known Estonian contemporary artist. He graduated from the Estonian Academy of Arts and has exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide, from London to Paris, New York to Miami, Montenegro to Moscow. He presented Estonia in the Venice Biennale in 2007. His works have been exhibited at Amos Anderson and Wäinö Aaltonen in Finland. Marko Mäetamm’s major retrospective was held in Tallinn’s Kumu.