Alina Orav (born 1989) opens the door into a completely new world this month at Haus Gallery. The artist has developed her own personal technique, called the polyview painting, which is unique due to its ability to morph single plane images into three dimensional figures — all the viewer has to do is change their perspective. The artist’s works can be regarded as scientific experiments thanks to the use of optical devices. Traditionally, humans have viewed art through the lens given to us by nature, our eyes, but Orav uses objects like mirrors and magnifying glasses to present her paintings to the audience from various perspectives. The artist also experiments with picture dimensions, materials and textures and additionally, makes use of the room’s properties. The exhibition is designed as a multi sensory experience — the paintings may appear abstract at first but at a closer look, when analysed from different angles and through different optical devices, hidden figures appear. Each of these images form a conceptual whole which we invite the visitors to explore.
Painter Alina Orav has received a baccalaureate (2013) and master’s degree (2017) from the Estonian Academy of Arts and has embarked on further studies in Florence, Vancouver, London, Amsterdam and Volda. She is a member of the Estonian Artists Association and Estonian Painters’ Association and in 2017, obtained the State Real Estate Ltd Science and Development Grant for creating (2014) and developing the polyview image. In 2018, the artist presented her invention at the International Federation for Theatre Research World Congress in Belgrade, in the area of stage design. The same year, her first multi-perspective animation was shown at Tallinn Art Week in the Cathedral for Technology. In addition to the numerous personal exhibitions in Estonia, the artist’s works have been exhibited in Helsinki, Stockholm, Riga, Moscow, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Great Britain, United States, Canada, Japan and Iceland. Orav’s works can also be found in private collections ranging from Estonia, Finland, Sweden and Germany to Italy, Great Britain, United States and Russia.
The exhibition is supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia.
The artist thanks Olga Lukina, Sandra Jõgeva, Kaur Kivirähk, Alexei Gordin, Juhan Soomets, Maksim Vinogradov, Jelena Armas, Triinu Soikmets, Tederdisain OÜ and Haus Gallery.
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