Opening of the 2023 season in A-Gallery
On Friday, 6th of January 2023 at 18:00, A-Galerii will open their 2023 season with three new exhibitions on our WINDOWS: Sille Luiga’s LUUSER POETRY, Tatiana Iakovleva’s MESSAGES and Oscar Wippermann’s exhibition. The exhibitions will remain open until February 26.
Sille Luiga LOSER POETRY
The works in this exhibition are inspired by Sille Luiga’s love for manual typesetting in typography. In particular, she really likes the wooden and tin blocks of equal sizes used in manual typesetting, which give the letters their peculiar square shapes. Due to the interesting source of inspiration, the artist dedicates the series to the most influential person in the history of culture, who was, among other things, a goldsmith. He is responsible for what a lot of graphic design, graffiti art, and BLING culture looks like. Of course, we are talking about Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of the printing press, a loser who went bankrupt many times in his life.
Sille Luiga (1994) is a jewellery art alumnus of the Estonian Academy of Arts and has also studied in Italy and Belgium. Sille works as a freelance designer under the pseudonym Sile Luik and produces original jewellery series. Among the latter are the popular Two Cents earrings. Sille has participated in exhibitions both in Estonia and abroad, most recently in Valencia, at the Second Chance exhibition organised by the Estonian Association of Designers. The exhibition LOSER POETRY presents a new, previously unpublished jewellery series of the Sile Luik brand, where the material used are cutting words, irony and silver.
Tatiana Iakovleva MESSAGES
In the modern world, we are constantly in a hurry and we often lose contact with ourselves in the chaos. It is important to know how to find peace for a while and listen to the voice of your heart. The exhibition “Messages” is dedicated to this quiet voice, which has a difficult time breaking through the noise of our reality. Inspired by the beauty of both European and Old Slavic calligraphy and the rich legacy of the great calligraphers of the past, professional calligrapher Tatiana Iakovleva combines her love for calligraphy, jewellery and nature in her jewellery and transforms calligraphic compositions into silver jewellery with precious and semi-precious stones. They contain words and phrases that offer support during difficult times, inspire, give strength, restore balance and a state of love. These are prayers; motivating, inspiring words – these are values that are worth immortalising in precious metals and wearing on your body. Tatiana’s main source of inspiration while creating designs is nature. Tatiana’s metal letters turn into flowers, leaves, blades of grass or reeds in the wind and become barely legible to the untrained eye. This style is similar to the Chinese calligraphy style “Cao – Shu” (grass script), where the emphasis is primarily on emotion and conveying a certain energy rather than clear and easy legibility.
Tatiana Iakovleva is a calligrapher, jewellery artist and the head of the Tallinn School of Calligraphy as well as an instructor. She graduated from the painting and restoration department of the Saint Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design in 2009. Since 2011, she has studied calligraphy with master Heino Kivihall in Tallinn. Since 2010, after arriving in Tallinn, she immersed herself in the study of the ancient art of calligraphy.
Since then, studying and getting to know European and Old Slavic calligraphy, she continues to admire the rich and precious heritage left by the great masters of the past. This is one of the most beautiful and powerful parts of our cultural heritage that should not be forgotten.
Oscar Wippermann PYTHAGORAS AT THE BEACH
In his artistic work, Oscar Wippermann deals with natural materials – cattle bones, ebony, silk and cotton – and how they can be brought into new forms with traditional techniques. When he works with cattle bones, a lot depends on the shape and texture of the material. The natural form is organic and curved. He gives the material a shape that has geometry and order. He doesn’t want the bone to be immediately recognisable as such. He saws the bones into rough shape and works on them further with files. Depending on the desired shape and the possibilities the bone allows him, he creates straight surfaces. Holes are drilled to create apertures that open up the form and make it possible to connect the individual pieces with the help of textiles. He uses silk to connect the elements which is a very durable textile and has a noble sheen and offers a variety of colours. Combining these colours with bone objects results in something visually joyful. It is the contrast between the rather geometrically strict bone elements and the colourful movable elements made of silk.
Oscar Wippermann is an emerging German jewellery artist who has studied in Goldschmiedeschule mit Uhrmacherschule Pforzheim. He has a Bachelor’s degree from HS Düsseldorf Applied Art and Design, and Master’s degree from HS Trier Campus Idar-Oberstein. In his work he loves to use natural materials: bone, wood, silk and cotton, especially cattle bones together with colourful silk.