Marko Mäetamm “Garage Stories or What Those Ugly Fat Horny Men Were Babbling About Again”

14.09.2021

18.09–23.10.2021
 
Garages, where walls, caked with oil and dust, were covered with cut-outs of naked women from porn magazines, and it was completely normal to ask how many women they had fucked. Guy stuff.
 
As the feeling of not fitting in with a proper hunk's criteria, was haunting, it intuitively rather shaped a critical attitude towards the surrounding macho world. Growing up with a grandmother, mother and sister, it was hard to understand a stereotypical man's being and characteristics, which had never been a part of my own character.
 
Earning money at a car repair shop and as a truck driver, gave a chance to infiltrate into this kind of environment. The kind where the men were "the real men". Strong, broad, handy.
 
GARAGE STORIES or WHAT THOSE UGLY FAT HORNY MEN WERE BABBLING ABOUT AGAIN is almost like a symbol for those years that are now behind. Disturbing and at the same time inspiring.
 
Shown works are from the series ADULTS ONLY (acrylic on canvas, 2020–2021).
 
Graphic designer Henri Kutsar.
Exhibition is supported by the Estonian Cultural Endowment.
 
Marko Mäetamm (b. 1965) is a graphic artist and painter born in Viljandi, who lives and works in Tallinn, Estonia. Mäetamm has acquired his BA and MA at Estonian Art Academy, resided in New York, Paris and Berlin, published many books, taken part of several dozens exhibitions in Estonia and abroad, and represented Estonia at the Venice Biennale in 2003 and 2007. His art is related to his personal life, society's issues, taboos, pain and beauty of being an artist, all mixed with dark humor.
 
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