Temnikova & Kasela
Noblessner, Kai Art Center building
295 Church Street
New York, NY
In a joint presentation, Margot Samel and Temnikova & Kasela will exhibit works by Merike Estna, one of Estonia’s foremost contemporary artists. Her process-based practice challenges traditional hierarchies, embedding patterns and color combinations from the overlooked vocabularies of craft into an expanded language of painting. From canvas, she has progressed to producing clothes, objects, and entire spaces. Estna transforms the materials and techniques of Estonian folklore into works of personal archaeology, as seen in the immersive installations created for her 2022 retrospective at the Kai Art Center in Tallinn.
About the Galleries
Margot Samel's program is highly research driven, fostering exhibitions by artists of international backgrounds in all stages of their careers. A key area of focus is historic and contemporary artists from the Baltic region; beginning with the gallery’s inaugural exhibition of new and site-specific works by Estonian multidisciplinary artist Kris Lemsalu.
Temnikova & Kasela gallery was established in 2010 by Olga Temnikova, an artist and graphic designer with previous experience as a gallery director, and Indrek Kasela, a creative entrepreneur, philanthropist, cinema owner, and film producer. The gallery provides local and international professional representation for established and emerging artists from the region including Estonia, Latvia, Finland, and Russia.
Merike Estna, Soil will not contain our Love, 2022. Courtesy the artist and Temnikova Kasela, Talllinn and Margot Samel, NYC. Photo by Any Vahtr
Merike Estna, The ghost, the past and the fence, 2021. Courtesy the artist and Temnikova Kasela, Talllinn and Margot Samel, NYC. Photo by Any Vahtra