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INTO NIILO/ KADI KÜBARSEPP

On January 19, Friday at 18:00, solo-exhibitions of artists Into Niilo and Kadi Kübarsepp will be opened on the WINDOWS of A-Galerii.

Into Niilo 

|1984|

With their second solo exhibition in A-Galerii Into Niilo reflects on war propaganda and the concept of Newspeak portrayed in George Orwell’s politically critical dystopian novel 1984. The emigrated artist once based in Moscow now residing in Antwerp relates the novel with nowadays politics in the world and in particular with it in Russia. The project |1984| was made as a part of the MASieraad Master’s program, led by some of the most famous jewellery artists such as Ted Noten and Ruudt Peters.

The artwork combines objects – blocks, creating a unique puzzle. The blocks depicting words with opposite meanings pair up. They go together as a word with a bad connotation fits into the positive space of the other block and a word with a good undertone covers the first block’s positive space with its void. The artist developed a custom font so these materialized words would combine with each other. There are 2 sets of 4 pairs of these objects, either 3D printed with SLA or CNC cut into beech wood. 

During the creative research Niilo understood that the pieces were driven by a quotation from the book 1984. In Orwell’s novel its fictional evil government states absurdly with the intent of brainwashing citizens that “War is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength.”

The gallery shares the artists Into Niilo’s statement as follows:

Some people say “life before 24th of February and after”. I share this chronology. I hardly can recall the life before it, but I remember my feelings clearly after the full blown war against Ukraine had started: searing pain, despair and guilt because of a wrongful, terrible mistake.

Propaganda in Russia had never been shy, but by now I feel completely dumbfounded. A full swing war is called a “special operation”, an unprovoked attack is called “a rightful defense.” Propaganda states that black is white and feeds people’s minds with shit. After the first weeks of the atrocities in official news, I couldn’t keep it to myself. I insist on my right to speak out about it.

I speak about propaganda, freedom of speech and fear because I want to be heard that yes, I am Russian, but

Russian ≠ state 

Russian ≠ Putin

I can’t speak on behalf of the majority but I can speak on my behalf.

So, on my behalf:

Stop the war. 

Release all political prisoners.

Russia will be free.

Kadi Kübarsepp

Α & Ώ

I wanted to talk about the beginning, the unfolding of all things, and the path ahead, along with the reasons for my outset. The length and destination of our journey remain unknown. We move forward. – KADI KÜBARSEPP

Kadi Kübarsepp is an Estonian jewellery artist known for her powerful and at times brutalist way of handling materials. She obtained her master’s degree from the Estonian Academy of Arts in 2011 and has been participating in exhibitions since 2003. Kübarsepp is particularly fascinated by the subjectivity of wearability questioned in contemporary jewellery art. Creating mainly sculptural performative pieces, she has been strongly influenced by the New Jewellery movement of the 80s, which, in a revolutionary spirit, liberated jewellery from the burdens of its historical materials, forms, and sizes. She is one of the 65 shareholders of A-Galerii, a member of the Estonian Association of Metal Artists, and of the Estonian Artists’ Association.

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BARBORA LEXOVA/ JÜRI ROOSA

BARBORA LEXOVA

ŽOUŽELENÍ

The Czech word ŽOUŽELENÍ encapsulates the immersive, subjective experience of bliss and enjoyment evoked by sensory stimuli during interaction. It happens as imagination takes flight – runs wild, and surprises await around every corner. 

Lexovas oddly familiar interactive pieces are here to brighten up even the dullest of days, calling back every inner child to start playing again. ŽOUŽELENÍ offers an experience that’s anything but boring. It embraces the unexpected, and entertaining.

Barbora Lexová is the fourth-generation artist in her family. While specializing in jewellery, she embraces a versatile approach, unbounded by specific media or sizes. Influenced by the ASMR phenomenon, she navigates between softness and the peculiar, alongside an attraction to semi-fictional creatures. Lexova obtained her bachelor’s degree at the Academy of Arts Architecture & Design in Prague and completed her master’s at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. Last year, she deepened her understanding of contemporary jewellery through an internship at Galeria Reverso.

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JÜRI ROOSA

CLOUD GAZING

Have you ever spent an entire day watching clouds?

Not at all?

As a child?

Can’t remember?

Cloud gazing can be done both on clear skies and under uniformly gray skies. All you need to do is stop by the windows of A-Gallery facing Pikk Street. The only downside is the constant stillness of the clouds there. But me, I managed to see their formation –  initially a lazy calm, later increasingly nervous movement and then all their unexpected changes.

What would life be without clouds! – JÜRI ROOSA


Jüri Roosa (1964) is an Estonian metal artist who began his professional journey in 1994. This year marks both his 60th and 30th anniversaries. Roosa introduces himself in a colorful manner: “From 1984 to 2004, I was a rock musician, a bass guitarist (ed. Gunnar Graps’s Group, Magnetic Band, Vanemõde, among others). Currently, I mainly operate in the Fe gallery. I work with both new and recycled steel, copper, aluminum, and other materials. I wear glasses and am almost bald.” The artist’s positivity and ironic sense of humor radiate through his playful depictions of animals and nature. In contrast to their naivety one can imagine the metal whining under a shear cutter, and see sparks flash during the making of.

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Erle Nemvalts/ Merilin Pedastsaar

ERLE NEMVALTS

ABOUT LOVE AND OTHER STORIES

Through generations, fairytales have been reservoirs of dreams, hopes, and fantasies. Millions of women have shaped their psychosexual self-image through these tales – what behavior is expected of them, what they are capable of, how much recognition they deserve, and in what shape this recognition should come in. Unfortunately, the romantic ideal depicted in fairytales is difficult to fit into reality. How to find a balance between the longing for a companion, the fear of loneliness, and the desire for independence? Love is the answer, but as you seek for the answer…

Erle Nemvalts (1991) is an Estonian jewellery artist. Her creative practice focuses primarily on human behavioral patterns and characteristics. In her work, the artist often employs contrasting symbols and materials, simultaneously expressing lightness and heaviness, hope and despair. Nemvalts’ work has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions in Estonia, Portugal, Germany, France, Belgium, the United States, the Netherlands, and Hungary. In 2019, Nemvalts was awarded the Young Jewellery Fund’s Special Scholarship, and in 2023, she received the Marzee Gallery’s Graduates Exhibition Prize.

The exhibition is supported by the Estonian Cultural Endowment.

MERILIN PEDASTSAAR

FLOW

Flow – it is the manifestation of naturalness, of one’s most natural quality (the healing power of medicinal herbs, natural patina on metal). Taoists say that one does not achieve naturalness by striving upwards, but rather by going in the opposite direction – descending.

Patina is a thin oxide layer formed on the surface of metal over time, resulting from exposure to elements in the environment. For example, iron forms its natural patina, known as rust, when reacting with oxygen and moisture in the air.

The exhibition FLOW presents abstract paintings by Merilin Pedastsaar, executed on brass and steel. Techniques to achieve that include laser cutting, etching, casting, and chemical coloring known as patinating of metals. The history of metal coloring dates back thousands of years and has served religious, practical, and decorative purposes. Patination became more widely recognized as an art form in the 19th century. Pedastsaar says: “Coloring metals requires concentration – precise adherence to the patina recipe, but also patience and letting go. Once the work is done, step back! Much of the final result is unpredictable, one must trust life and give the metal a chance. Colors are in constant movement – emerging and fading, while covering each other. For me this process of flowing together with patina has been equally stunning and enjoyable, a collaboration, which could be summarized with the teaching of Laozi: Act without action.”

Merilin Pedastsaar (1989), known by the artist name MERI, is a metal artist, creative director, and galvanizer in her company Ehemeri. In 2014, she obtained a bachelor’s degree from the Estonian Academy of Arts, and the same year she was awarded the Roman Tavast Young Jewellery Artist Prize. Pedastsaar furthered her studies in Sweden, as an exchange student at the University of Gothenburg’s Faculty of Design and Craft and as an intern in Christer and Lena Bergestad Jonsson’s studio, Jungfruhuset. From 2015 to 2020, she worked as a visiting lecturer at the Viljandi Culture Academy, teaching courses on galvanizing (galvanoplasty, gold and silver-plating, patination, metal etching, and anodizing). 

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OLGA TEA KREK / MATTHIAS KÜHN / MERIKE BALOD / SORGE / RITVA KARA

On October 13, Friday at 18:00, solo-exhibitions of 5 artists will be opened on the WINDOWS of A-Galerii. The exhibitions are brought to you by Olga Tea Krek (EST), Matthias Kühn (DE), Merike Balod (EST), Sorge (EST) and Ritva Kara (FI). It is possible to meet all the artists at the opening.

Olga Tea Krek

J. DOE

Project J. DOE encapsulates the metaphor for temporal and spatial boundaries—like a gem thrown into the heart of existence, it ignites a ripple effect that reshapes the very fabric of reality. The piece exhibited resembles a nesting doll that is covered with layers upon layers of anonymity, but at its core there lies an idea endowed with the potential to transform the world.

Krek’s work is an exploration of human interactions and their influence on one another. She is captivated by the intricate connections that bind people. Furthermore, the world itself, with its ever-present blend of beauty and chaos, serves as a constant source of inspiration for her

Olga Tea Krek is an artist who earned her degree in jewellery and blacksmithing from the Estonian Academy of Arts in 2019. As an exchange student, she extended her studies to Shenkar College of Engineering, Design, and Art in Israel. In addition to her artistry, Krek holds a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy.

Matthias Kühn

SHAPE-SERIES

Exhibition SHAPE-SERIES bridges the traditional craft of blacksmithing and contemporary design, urging the viewer to imagine the future of craft.

Kühn searches for answers to urgent ecological problems regarding producing. To create the SHAPE-SERIES, he reclaims scrap steel, transforming industrial waste material through a forging process into high-quality crafted pieces of art. Compared to the traditional use of iron ore and material recycling by melting it, this process is much more energy- and resource-saving. Thus, his work represents a token of transformation towards sustainable craft and art.

In Kühn’s hands, base materials like warped sheets, industrial offcuts, or sections of a construction I-beam eventually revive as sculptures. Initially, he cuts the raw scrap material into smaller regular chunks. The pointy dice of a power hammer drives each piece into a C-, S-, or wedged-shape. The piece’s curved contour could remain planar or arch upward into space. Kühn then connects the pieces of metal with bridges and rivets, linking various shapes to create an organic composition. The name of the series results from this process.

The SHAPE-SERIES is made by avoiding straight lines and right angles. The forging process achieves a triple transformation. Firstly, the triangular or rectangular geometric base forms convert into organically grown “Shapes.” Secondly, the impact of the fire and manual hammering transforms the initial surface treatment and creates a one-off texture and colour. Thirdly, some planar sheets alter into volumetric “Shapes.” The single shapes interlock with each other, creating a flow of various composition lines. The finished piece has an ornament-like structure in which unique shapes can be distinguished from the repetition of classical forms, often found in traditional blacksmithing. Small holes in some of the “Shapes” testify to the previous life of the material.

Matthias Kühn is a metalworking artist and blacksmith. He was born in Osnabrück, Germany, and often moved between the Netherlands and North and South Germany in childhood and youth. Early on, he started to work with metal artistically. After graduating from school, he became an apprentice in the blacksmith workshop of Kunstschmiede Althammer in Leipzig, Germany. Later, he travelled as a journeyman for two years to expand his knowledge, craft skills, and artistic expression. During this time, he worked with blacksmiths in Australia, England, Ireland, Austria, and Germany. He studied Metal Art at HDK-VALAND in Steneby, Sweden.

Merike Balod

EBONY AND IVORY

Ebony and ivory—a classical combination—a chord on piano keys. Black as the earth dug from the ground and white as the wisps of clouds. Together, these materials create a harmony in contrast. By cutting and geometrization of wood and bone pieces, the artist has found a way to modernise these classical materials. “Silver creates a shiny harmony with it, and matte is like different tones in music…” says the artist.

Merike Balod graduated from the former Estonian State Art Institute (now known as the Estonian Academy of Arts) with a degree in metalwork in 1988. Since that year, she has participated in exhibitions. She creates jewellery in the “10 kunstniku ateljee” (10 Artists’ Studio) on Hobusepea street.

Sorge

RESIN TAPPERS

The exhibition continues Sorge’s series “Resin Tappers.” Resin tapping is a way in the forestry industry to collect resin from living trees by cutting a peculiar feather-like pattern into the tree trunk. The artist creates welded sculptures of different characters from old resin tapping tools. These characters afterwards are painted according to their personalities. 

Sorge says: “Most of the work is welded from old resin tapping tools, with the addition of some random details. The raw materials came to me entirely by chance. While walking on the former forest combine territory, I noticed pieces of metal sticking out from under an old panel. I picked up some of them, and as if by itself, the first resin tapper design was ready. It seemed successful, and then the rest of the characters followed. Enjoy the exhibition!”

Sorge, alias for Margus Tiitsmaa (1963), is an Estonian artist born in Rakvere and grew up in Roela. In 2008, he completed his master’s degree in interdisciplinary arts at the Estonian Academy of Arts, and prior to that, he studied drawing and art education at Tallinn Pedagogical Institute. Sorge has been involved in painting, graphics, sculpture, installations, and performance art. Throughout his life dedicated to art, the artist has performed in over 200 performances and participated in nearly 100 exhibitions in Estonia and abroad.

Ritva Kara

FROM THE TREE

The FROM THE TREE exhibition features colourful brooches carved from wood, pendants made of silver and amber, as well as jewellery crafted from dried bananas and branches. The “KaranBa Banana” jewellery collection upcycles otherwise spoiled bananas, enhancing their value by adding gold and silver leaf to their surfaces. This jewellery collection represents an ecological, ethical, and aesthetic statement. Each piece on display is unique, bold, and innovative in terms of shape and materials.

Kara states: “I feel that unique jewellery is part of personality, experienced life and important memories. I confess that I am a crazy collector and maker, for whom creative play, experimentation and research, as well as developing and applying new art methods, move processes forward.”

Ritva Kara is a Finnish jewellery artist and teacher who has studied at various universities and schools specialising in crafts and design. In 1997, Kara earned a master’s degree from Helsinki University. Her jewellery has been exhibited since the 1980s, both in Finland and internationally. While she primarily created enamel jewellery earlier in her career, in recent years, she has drawn inspiration from natural materials such as branches affected by caterpillars, dried bananas, apples, and amber.

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SANNA NUUTINEN, KAISA VUORINEN / CAROLINE BACH, DARIUS WOJDYGA

On Friday, August 18th, at 6:00 PM, gallery A-Galerii on its WINDOWS, will open two group exhibitions featuring four international artists. The exhibition RIVERS’ DOWNFALL brings together the creative forces of Caroline Bach (NDL)  and Darius Wojdyga (NO), while the exhibition BEYOND / WITHIN joins artists Sanna Nuutinen (FI) and Kaisa Vuorinen (FI). 

The exhibitions will be displayed at A-Galerii windows until October 8th.

RIVERS’ DOWNFALL

Caroline Bach (NLD) and Darius Wojdyga (NO)

Through the exhibition, the artists aim to draw attention to the rivers that weave through our lands. Both Bach and Wojdyga share a connection with specific rivers in Europe that have faced massive chemical accidents. Through their creative exploration, they stand for the preservation of these rivers, emphasizing the significance of water bodies and raising awareness about the fragility of their ecosystems.

Rivers carry information from the mountains to the sea, enriching their stream at every bend. As a result, rivers bear the marks of human activity and its ecocide, in addition to minerals and nutrients. Over time, flowing water has shaped landscapes, carved valleys, and formed caves. In today’s world, humans attempt to control nature by redirecting rivers, creating reservoirs, asphalting, and building concrete riverbanks. People use water in agriculture, industry, and energy production. Rivers have become increasingly hostile environments for all unique aquatic organisms. Chemicals are killing populations, and medical waste modifies animal bodies, while changes in water acidity and temperature disrupt the balance of the ecosystem. Ultimately, mistreatment of aquatic life causes significant problems for humans as well.

The central focus of the exhibition is on three rivers: Akerselva in Norway, where Darius lives; La Dore in France, where Caroline grew up; and Rijn in the Netherlands, where Caroline currently resides. Darius’s works are crafted from metal scraps retrieved from the Akerselva River. The materials are processed and shaped into forms reminiscent of pathogens and microorganisms. Caroline weaves together fabrics, plastics, and cords to create beautiful surfaces that evoke the wavy landscapes of water.

Caroline Bach (1995) is a French jewellery, textile, and circus artist based in Amsterdam. She has a BA from Gerrit Rietveld Academy specialising in jewellery and has studied various other crafts in France, China, and the Netherlands. Her body of work extends the focus on life beyond anthropocentrism, advocating for nature in her creations and actions within educational institutions. Bach is a co-founder of a contemporary jewellery gallery in Amsterdam called The Pool.

Darius Wojdyga (1975) is a contemporary jewellery artist born in Poland who has lived in Norway since 2005. After graduating with a BA and an exchange semester at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, he is pursuing his MA at Oslo National Academy of the Arts in the Metal and Jewelry Art department. Darius is the founder of the contemporary jewellery gallery Galleri Skranken and the Display Case – Discussion Forum for Contemporary Jewelry in Oslo.

BEYOND / WITHIN

Sanna Nuutinen (FI) and Kaisa Vuorinen (FI)

The exhibition “BEYOND / WITHIN” brings together the works of two Finnish artists, Sanna Nuutinen and Kaisa Vuorinen, to explore the deep and contrasting relationship of human existence with the surrounding nature and time.

Sanna Nuutinen’s collection BEYOND encourages contemplation on the human impact on nature. She asks, “What will future generations think of our time? Will they wonder how wasteful, destructive, and consumption-oriented we were? Why didn’t we seek balance with the environment and nature?” Nuutinen conveys her message through a symbolic butterfly, which carries our stories, experiences, and questions to the next centuries, to the next caterpillars. It takes them farther, across seas and deep into forests. The butterfly knows that eventually, understanding, justice, and beauty will come.

With her collection WITHIN , Kaisa Vuorinen focuses on the concept of personal space and time amidst the fast-paced chaos of everyday life. She considers taking personal time as equivalent to having personal space. By taking time for creativity, she can focus on herself, becoming one with time and space. Vuorinen skillfully captures the paradox of the timeless nature of fleeting moments. In the exhibition, she presents “bracelet-wings” made from silver and shibuichi. Shibuichi is a copper and silver alloy from Japan, which the artist crafts herself.

Sanna Nuutinen is a Finnish jewellery artist and a maker. She studied jewellery design and goldsmithing at Lahti University of Applied Arts and has a Masters degree from University of Art and Design Helsinki. Currently she works at a jewellery studio in Hernesaari, Helsinki.

Kaisa Vuorinen is a Finnish freelance jewellery designer and artist. She studied jewellery design and goldsmithing at Lahti University of Applied Arts and has a Masters degree from University of Art and Design Helsinki, and graduated LAB University of Applied Sciences in 2023. Currently she works at a jewellery studio in Hernesaari, Helsinki.

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ISMINI PACHI, SANDER HAUGAS / KERTU VELLERIND

On Friday June 30 two exhibitions will be opened on A-Gallery WINDOWS: TWO² by Ismini Pachi (GRC) and Sander Haugas (EE), HEAD by Kertu Vellerind (EE). The exhibitions will stay up on the gallery windows until August 13.

TWO²

Ismini Pachi and Sander Haugas

‘’Most of my days are filled with uncomfortable nonsense. If something starts with an alarm(!)clock, it probably sets the tone for the following. It takes a cup of coffee or 2 just to get me going and that’s the most natural part of the day.

We cheat our bodies and minds from dusk till dawn and there is no other way around. No shortcut is efficient, no lunch is for free. It’s all about the „daily grind”. The trick is to find soft spots where they are to be found and not to bang one’s head against a brick wall, so to speak.

The “Well-earned daily grind” series is about the life I know, the trade I practise, the people I love and the pleasure I get from it all. It’s an ode for common sense and a gesture of love. Always…’’ —— Sander

‘’Most of my days are anxious and noisy. I am surrounded by people speaking languages I don’t understand, trying to mould myself to fit in the given space. In this constant giving and taking that life requires, I need more time. I shield myself with strength and honesty and carefully choose strong connections. It sounds fragile but actually it’s not.

Craftsmanship brings me down to earth, in communication with my body. It is the time for myself, a time to slow down and silently observe the earthy material taking over and transforming into shapes that soothe my soul. It grounds me, connects me with my roots, bridges the long journey I have made with the open roads ahead of me…” —— Ismini

This exhibition is a dialogue in which the artists research the limits and strength of different materials and question whether power can be crafted.Sander Haugas presents a fresh series of body pieces and objects named “Well-earned daily grind”. He uses techniques such as forging, brazing and upholstering and materials like steel, brass, velvet, plexiglass and an old sock. Ismini Pachi’s “Crafted Power” is a collection of jewellery pieces and body objects. The pieces have been made using porcelain slip casting and silversmithing techniques. All the artworks have been  made in 2023 and haven’t been shown before.

TWO² means power. The power of two. Two cultures, two materials, two qualities, four crafting hands.

Sander Haugas (1983) is a practising blacksmith, sculpture technician, student of architecture and a lecturer at Estonian Academy of Arts. After graduating his BA studies in sculpture at Tartu Art College (2003-2008), Sander Haugas continued his

professional career as an apprentice at blacksmith Ivar Feldmann’s workshop (2007-2012). In 2012, Sander started his own blacksmith workshop while also practising as a sculpture technician. In 2020, he received his MA degree (cum laude), accompanied with “Young Applied Artist Award” in blacksmithing and Jewellery at Estonian Academy of Arts. Starting from 2020, he is a student in architecture department at Estonian Academy of Arts. Sander Haugas has also worked as a sculpture department technician at EKA (2018-2020) and a lecturer inTartu Art college (2013-2016) and at Estonian Academy of arts (from 2018).

Ismini Pachi (1984) is a Greek jewellery artist and educator, who for the past five years lives in Estonia. She holds a BA in Philosophy , Pedagogy and Psychology from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (2008). After her BA studies she attended jewellery and sculpture courses at the Chalkis Jewellery School – Eric Robbert (Greece) and started working as an independent jewellery artist actively participating in worldwide

exhibitions. In 2021 she acquired a MA in Jewellery from the Design and Crafts faculty of the Estonian Academy of Arts (cum laude).Her graduation work was nominated for the ‘’Young Applied Artists Award’’. Since 2021 she is working as an art educator at the International School of Tallinn.

HEAD

Kertu Vellerind

MIGHT TWIST STRANGELY

A NAIL HIT SPOT ON ITS HEAD,

IS THE PENCIL SHARP ENOUGH TO CUT THE BREAD

OR THE DOUGH STILL TOO WET INSIDE THE HEAD?

SOON THE HEADLESS MAN

A BOUNTY OFF HIS HEAD SHALL LIFT

HEAD ON — HEAD OFF, FOR HIM IT MATTERS NOT

ARE THE SHOULDERS TOPPED BY A CABBAGE OR A POT?

TWO HEADS IS WHAT NOTHING WILL TOP!

KERTU VELLERIND

An exhibition is a brief pause — an opportunity to take a breath before rushing forward in life once again. Artist Kertu Vellerind’s window exhibition will certainly turn heads and urge you to think with your head. Headlines have always been important to her, the titles of her work carry a strong message. As an Estonian, the artist worries about the fate of our small nation’s mother tongue and enjoys the beautiful sound and multivalence of this language. Thus, her jewellery titles are cleverly infused with wordplay.

Vellerind has explained that she mostly uses silver and “peakivi” (a play on “paekivi,” meaning limestone, but literally reads “headstone”) in her exhibition works. According to her, “peakivi” is incredibly beautiful, multifaceted, and we should be proud of it. Likewise, the artist does not shy away from Estonia’s national jewellery heritage. Allegedly, to draw inspiration, she speeds around on spoked coin pendant wheels and occasionally gets lost in the forest.

Kertu Vellerind (1967) creates charmingly witty Estonian jewellery art. In 1997, she obtained a master’s degree from the Estonian Academy of Arts, specializing in metal art. She has additionally studied in Finland and Germany. Since 1995, the artist has been working as a freelancer and is a member of the Estonian Artists’ Association and the Estonian Association of Metal Artists. Vellerind has participated in numerous group exhibitions both in Estonia and abroad, including Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, the Czech Republic, Iceland, Belgium, Italy, and the United States.  In her own words, she mostly enjoys organizing solo exhibitions every five years, when a round number comes up once again. She has been recognized in several international competitions, and in 2018, she and Urve Küttner were awarded the Ede Kurrel Prize.

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PHILIPP SPILLMANN / CAROLIN DIELER / ANDREI BALAŠOV / MIMA PEJOSKA

On Friday April 28 four exhibitions will be opened on A-Gallery WINDOWS:

SHELLS AND KAVIAR by Philipp Spillmann (NO), CORRODED by Carolin Dieler (DE), AUTARKY by Andrei Balašov (EE) and MULTIVERSE by Mima Pejoska (MKD).

The exhibitions will stay up on the gallery windows until June 25.

SHELLS AND KAVIAR

Philipp Spillmann

SHELLS AND KAVIAR are pieces of jewellery the artist has hand-carved from plastic trawl net balls found along the northern Norwegian coast. The trawl net balls are produced from solid petroleum-based plastic. Spillmann’s childhood memories of treasure hunting for seashells washed up on beaches and the name and logo of a multinational oil company were among the inspirations to turn the marine plastic waste into wearable art pieces. The orange colour of a specific net trawl ball associated to the artist with Norwegian caviar (kaviar), which is packaged in a tube. The star-shaped opening of the tube creates the distinctive pattern of the squeezed out caviar, which is reflected in the exhibited pieces.

The exhibition is supported by Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Norwegian Crafts

Philipp Spillmann (1977) completed a classical goldsmith apprenticeship including studies at Schule für Gestaltung in Zürich, Switzerland. He moved to Norway in 2001 and became a member of the Norwegian Association of Arts & Crafts in 2011. He has participated in national and international exhibitions focusing on art jewellery and objects, and he has recently developed art for public spaces. His works are part of the permanent collections of the Art Museum of Bergen – KODE, the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo, the North Norwegian Art Museum in Tromsø and the Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts – MUDAC in Lausanne, Switzerland. 

CORRODED

Carolin Dieler

With her exhibition CORRODED Carolin Dieler explores the relationship between humanity and the ocean. The exhibition is the result of a technical experimentation, recreating the texture of corroded metal through which she visualizes the codependency between water and humans as well as the impact they have on each other. The texture of the exhibition works has been recreated through casting experiments in tin, which later have been moulded to transfer the texture to the silver pieces.

Carolin Dieler is a jewellery and accessories designer based in Cologne, Germany.

After graduating the Maastricht Academy of Arts she founded her eponymous brand through which she brings her jewellery and accessory fantasies to life. The central question in Dieler’s projects is always how mankind can reconnect to nature. Her creativity is driven by her fascination with the wonders of the ocean.

AUTARKY 

Andrei Balašov

Andrei Balašov, who is one of the most sought-after artists of A-Galerii will show five peculiar characters at his exhibition AUTARKY.  These false gods, born by hand, invite passers-by to admire and worship them. The figures were made during last year while contemplating contemporary politics. The material of the pieces is cast bronze combined with iron nails.

Andrei Balašov (1965) is an Estonian jeweller, who in recent years has been working in the genre of small sculpture, dealing with anthropomorphic forms and experimenting with casting techniques and textures. Balašov has studied at the Estonian Academy of Arts and at the Lahti Goldsmith’s School in Finland. He has exhibited his works at solo exhibitions at Gallery Susi in Riga in Latvia, Kauno Langas in Kaunas in Lithuania and Uzopio Galerija in Vilnius. Balašov has participated in group exhibitions in Sweden, USA, Germany, Finland and the Netherlands.

MULTIVERSE

Mima Pejoska

MULTIVERSE is a body of work that explores and questions our present world/universe and its possible connections with other universes. The materials and techniques the artist uses are either crochet from stainless steel, silver filigree or raw metal plates. By combining diverse materials and processes Pejoska thinks about connections and possibilities between different universes as well as within our world, about our unconscious and conscious being and relationships to each-other. 

Mima Pejoska is a jewellery artist who has been working in the creative field for over 17 years. In her career, each new study and place has taught her to approach the world of jewellery and design differently. Multidisciplinarity is embedded in all her works and she loves dissecting jewellery from all possible angles. Mima’s works have been exhibited in numerous shows including at the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington DC, as well as in Savannah, Hong Kong, Taipei, Atlanta, Berlin, Jerusalem.