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Jaanika Peerna




Jaanika Peerna
Jaanika Peerna
March 17, 2016
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Nowadays, developing your own personal artistic style is not easy. With so many artists trying to be original and unique, a person who even thinks to stand out in such a crowd must bring something new to the table. And their contribution must be grand. The art must be different than what we have already seen, or risk fading into obscurity, along with all the other similar artworks that are available to the public on every step. The work of Jannika Peerna is one of the better examples of inventing your own individual way of artistic expression – simply because her art is unlike anything we’ve had a chance to witness for quite some time.

Jaanika Peerna - An unnamed drawing from her Dance Notations Series - Photo Credits Baltic Reports
Jaanika Peerna – An unnamed drawing from her Dance Notations Series – Photo Credits Baltic Reports

Learning To Dance

Jaanika Peerna is an Estonian-born artist whose work incorporates drawings, videos, installations and performances. From combining all of the above, she carefully produces abstract drawings. Using video and installation, she emphasizes her work after it’s finished, but the performance part comes during the actual work- Peerna draws on paper through spontaneous physical movements inspired by, and reminiscent of, dance. Usually, she does this alone, but sometimes there’s an audience witnessing the performance. Such a complex way of creating and displaying did not come over night. It took Peerna years of education and shaping herself emotionally to become what she is now. After finishing The Tallinn Pedagogical University in Estonia, Jaanika was further educated at the State University of New York and University of Art and Design in Helsinki. These three prestigious schools helped her form an important foundation for her later involvement with art. Obviously finding her inspiration in Post-World War II artists who craved for new ways of making art, Jaanika wanted to express herself in a method that was hers and hers alone. And, after many trials and errors, eventually she managed to achieve such goals.

Jannika established a new way to express herself

Jaanika Peerna - A detail of her wall drawin instalation - Photo Credits Philipstown
Jaanika Peerna – A detail of her wall drawing instalation – Photo Credits Philipstown

A Lonely Painter

Essentially, Peerna works on sheets of paper that are either placed on the floor (similar to Pollock’s dip & drip as she is as well standing atop of her work material) or attached to the ceiling so that it hangs in front of Jaanika. She then takes a few pencils in each hand and presses them on the sheet of paper, positioning herself in a way that she is able to move around while never breaking contact between the pencils and the surface of the paper. Jaanika then proceeds to move around on – or with – the paper, as if the two of them are taking part in a private dance. Depending on her mood, Jaanika would play different music or sounds and use different sets of pencils when drawing. That way, every dance becomes unique. Sometimes she creates in a group while surrounded with other dancers and singers, but this seldom happens because ideally she prefers to create alone. Ultimately, as she does not have complete control of her work, every piece is a world for itself and it’s always done with a lot of improvisation and emotion. Peerna likes to describe her work as a visual memory of the moment. Jaanika’s artwork has been noticed and awarded on many occasions, most recently in 2016 at the Foire Internationale du Dessin (International Drawing Fair) in Paris, France, where she won the FID Grand Prize. As for exhibitions, Peerna’s drawings have been displayed extensively in New York and Tallinn (her home town), as well as in Berlin, Paris, Helsinki, Rome and multiple other cities.

The Complications Of Simplicity

Jaanika Peerna attempts to record the beauty of a complex environmental and experiential stimulant. Perhaps a little ironical when related with the way her art is created, but she likes to think her creative side enjoys silence, and that, similarly, her artwork is also deeply rooted in an investigation of quietness. This only adds to an already very complex process to understand, and – have no doubt – Jaanika’s art is hard to comprehend, which is somewhat strange when gazing upon her work for the first time. In the end, the best way to grasp Jaanika’s art is to understand Jaanika herself: I am interested in the never-ending process of becoming with no story, no beginning, no end—just the current moment in flux.

The artist is represented by Ideelart Gallery in London, England.

Jaanika Peerna lives and works in New York (USA) and Tallinn (Estonia).

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YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Jaanika Peerna Galerie Ulf Larsson, Colognesolo
2015Jaanika Peerna Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, Woodstock, NY solo
2015Light Matter Hillyer Art Space, Washington DCsolo
2015Light Matter (catalogue) Kentler International Drawing Space, New Yorksolo
2015Emerge.Submerge SG Gallery, Venice, Italy solo
2015Drawers Draw Galerie Protégé, New Yorkgroup
2015Drawn to Experience V2 POP Gallery, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane and School of Art Gallery, National University of Australia, Canberragroup
2015Works on Paper M Contemporary, Sydney, Australiagroup
2015Line Describing a Cone Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY group
2014Exercises for Lines Vaal Gallery, Tallinn, Estoniasolo
2014Avanzare, Arretrare Rimini Drawing Biennial, Primo Piano Gallery, Rimini, Italysolo
2014Etenee – Vetäytyy Aarni Gallery, Espoo, Finlandsolo
2014Avanzare e Arretrare Ninapi Gallery, Ravenna, Italy solo
2014Ellipse A3 Gallery, Moscowgroup
2014Mein Lustgarten curated by Chen Yang, Wie Kultur, Berlingroup
2014Am Rand (drawing and performance) Jää-äär, Berlingroup
2013Vanishing Silence BeArt, Garrison, NY solo
2013Falls of Solitude (installation) Manalo Projects, Berlingroup
2013Tallinn Light Art Biennial (video installation) Architecture and Design Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia group
2013A-Line-Ment Gallery66NY, Cold Spring, NYgroup
2013The Silence of Forest Sounds Haus Gallery, Tallinn, Estoniagroup
2013Curatoral project by Inga Heamägi Kaliningrad Graphic Art Biennial of the Baltic Sea Countries, Kaliningrad, Russiagroup
2013Drawn to Experience (drawing and video) Queensland College of Art, Brsibane, Australiagroup
2013In Our Backyard Roos Arts, Rosendale, NYgroup
2013Elegy Theo Ganz Studio, Beacon, NYgroup
2013Timelines Mattewan Gallery, Beacon, NYgroup
2013Park: Toivo Raidmets ja Jaanika Peerna (wall drawings) Architecture and Design Gallery, Tallinn, Estoniagroup
2012A Question of Slow Skylight Gallery, New York group
2012Estonian Curatorial Project Novosibirsk Graphic Art Triennial, Novosibirsk, Russia (catalogue, First Prize)group
2012CUT #2 Museum of Imagination, Hudson, NY group
2012Slow Art Room (drawing and installation) Governor’s Island Art Fair, New York group
2012Drawing – Freedom Gallery for Architecture and Design, Tallinn, Estonia group
2012A Border, Path, Threshold Viinistu Art Museum Chapel, Estoniagroup
2012Silent Revolution Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia (catalogue)group
2012Smoke Free Fall @ project space Fountain Art Fair, NYCgroup
2012CUT Museum of Imagination, Hudson, NY group
2012Napp (video, drawing) City Gallery, Pärnu, Estoniagroup
2011Jaanika Peerna: drawings and videos Estonian Embassy, Washington DC solo
2011Harilik Ordinary:drawing practices III pART Gallery, Põltsamaa, Estoniagroup
2011Liberte Vabadus 2011 Asnières Chateau, Paris, Francegroup
2011Summer Selections Conzelman, ARC Fine Art, Fairfield. CTgroup
2011Selects Beacon Arts Shortwave Gallery, Stone Harbor, NJgroup
2011Lumen video and performance festivalStaten Island waterfront, New Yorkgroup
2011Harilik Ordinary: drawing practices II Y Gallery, Tartu, Estoniagroup
2011International Paper Art BiennialCity Gallery, Sophia, Bulgariagroup
2011Harilik Ordinary:drawing practices IKunstihoone Galerii,Tallinn, Estoniagroup
2010Edges of Wind and Light A.R.C. Fine Art, Fairfield, CTsolo
2010Tuule äär Windedge ArtDepoo Gallery, Tallinn, Estoniasolo
2010Light Art Biennial artP.kunstverein, Perchtoldsdorf and Lintz, Austriagroup
2010Archipelago Dorsky Curatorial Projects; Brooklyn, NYgroup
2010Roma Art Fair, Metropolart Marco Testaccio, Rome, Italygroup
2010UnknownHerning International Video festival, Arhus, Denmarkgroup
2010Video Art BiennialMetropolart; Paris; Portfolio Gallery, Dubaigroup
2010Annual Benefit ShowKentler International Drawing Center, Brooklyn, NYgroup
2009Traces of a Sweet Connect Go North Gallery, Beacon, NYsolo
2009Unsettled ConditionsMonospace, Brooklyn, NYgroup
2009Plastic Waves: collaborative installation :Susan English and Jaanika Peerna Gillette Gallery, GAC, Garrison, NYgroup
2009WET: videos on Water Maxwell Fine Arts, Peekskill, NYgroup
2009Sublime, Zero Filme, R.Sao Filipe Nery nr 25B, Lisbon, Portugalgroup
2009Slow News InternationalThe ARTS at Marks Garage, Honolulu, HIgroup
2009Revisions (drawings) Galerie Lavignes-Bastille, Paris, Francegroup
2009H20:Film on Water (video) Reeves Gallery in New York City’ The Mill Art Space, Newport, NHgroup
2009FUTURE=FERTILE (video) LKC, New Yorkgroup
2009BROADTHINKING Bridge Art Fair, New York, NY group
2009Out of the BlueBergen Community College, Paramus, NJ group
2009International Juried ExhibitionPhiladelphia Museum of Art, NJ Visual Art Center, Summit, NJ group
2008The Works International Visual Arts Festival (videos)Edmonton, Alberta, Canadagroup
2008NEW (drawings)Galerie Lavignes-Bastille, Paris, France group
2008National Juried Exhibition Museum of Modern Art, NY, Phoenix Gallery, New York, NYgroup
2008Regional Triennial The Camera Always Lies Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NYgroup
2008What Happens Next, Video shorts Time Space Limited, Hudson ,NYgroup
2008FugueMiranda Fine Arts, Port Chester, NYgroup
2008Paradox of Water Westport Art Center, Westport, CTgroup
2008Abstract ( ? )Van Brunt Gallery, Beacon, NYgroup
2007Code in ArtSLSA Code Conference, Portland, Mainegroup
2007Silence IncreasedChapman Gallery, University of Salford, Manchester, UKgroup
2007Ecological IntegrityMuroff Kotler Gallerygroup
2007AirSacred Heart University, Fairfield, CTgroup
2007LightEstonian House, New York, NYgroup
2007EvidenceJames Art Center, Woodstock, NYgroup
2006Video ShowcaseBAU, Beacon, NYgroup
2006The Song of the Earth Van Brunt Gallery, Beacon, NYgroup
2006JuxtapositionCaldwell College, NJgroup
2006Lõõm 06Estonian House, New York, NYgroup
2006Standards and Shifts in Contemporary ArtArts Exchange, White Plains, NYgroup
2005Thesis Show Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltzsolo
2005Art of the NortheastSilvermine Guild Arts center, New Canaan, CTgroup
2005B5James Art Center Woodstock, NYgroup
2005DIVA Digital and Video Art Fair New York, NYgroup
2005Digital Summer Van Brunt Gallery, Beacon,NYgroup
2005Ceilings and Floors Anderson Chase Gallery, Katonah, NYgroup
2004Stay TunedAlternative Space for Contemporary Art, Armonk, NYgroup
2003Climate of Sight Collaborative Concepts, Beacon, NYsolo
2003Digital-Analogue Van Brunt Gallery, Beacon, NYgroup
2003Photography ShowVan Brunt Gallery, Beacon,NYgroup
2002Light Between Lines and Bits Linna (City) Gallery, Tallinn, Estoniasolo
2002Lines in Silence Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NYsolo
2002UnknownMacy Gallery Valhalla,NYgroup
2002UnknownGarrison Art Center Gallery, Garrison, NYgroup
2001UnknownArt Academy Gallery, Tallinn, Estoniasolo
2001Breaking the Rules Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NYgroup
2001Lyman-Eyer Gallery Newton, MAgroup
2001Northeast Annual Silvermine Guild Galleries, New Canaan, CTgroup
2000Jaanika Peerna: photos and drawings Estonian House, New York, NYsolo
2000UnknownEnergeetika Gallery, Tallinn, Estoniagroup
1998UnknownUIAH Gallery Helsinki, Finlandgroup
1996UnknownKastellaani Maja Gallery, Tallinn, Estoniagroup