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Erkki Nampajärvi – Collages | 26.1.–17.2.2018

Erkki Nampajärvi – Collages

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Erkki Nampajärvi – Collages

I work with drawings and collages, using ink, monotype and charcoal as my materials. The most fascinating aspect of working on paper is its straightforward and unforgiving nature – everything leaves a mark.

The process behind some of my drawings:

I attach a paper to a board or wall. I smear the paper with monotype and charcoal, which is followed by a light wash or drawing. I don’t plan the subject matter in advance. The process continues until an interesting shape begins to form.

I try to surprise myself and move forward on the artwork’s terms, layer by layer. A surprise requires surrendering and letting go, destroying things that you take for granted.

If I’m lucky, after destruction I will find focal points with which I can move forward. This is the most enjoyable part of the process. By drawing I bring out essential details that can be highlighted, for example, through a collage. I reflect on the name and purpose. The subject matters come from life and its mysteries, the past, the present and the subconscious.

Erkki Nampajärvi (b. 1982 Rovaniemi, lives and works in Turku) graduated from Turku University of Applied Sciences/ Art Academy 2010. Nampajärvi has had nine solo exhibitions in Finland and he has participated in several group exhibitions in Finland and Germany. This exhibition is his first show in Berlin.

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The exhibition has been supported by Finnish Cultural Foundation

Erkki Nampajärvi – Collagen

Ich arbeite mit Zeichnung und Collage, mit Tinte, Monotypie und Kohle. Der faszinierendste Aspekt beim Arbeiten auf Papier ist, dass es ein sehr direktes Material ist, man kann nichts verbessern – alles hinterlässt eine Spur.

Viele meiner Zeichnungen entstehen so:

Ich befestige ein Papier auf einer Platte oder an der Wand. Ich verteile Farbe für Monotypie oder Kohle auf dem Blatt, danach wasche ich es ab oder ich zeichne drüber. Das Motiv ist nicht vorher geplant. Der Prozess wird fortgesetzt, bis sich eine interessante Form entwickelt.

Ich versuche mich selbst zu überraschen und mache weiter nach den Regeln, die mir die Arbeit selbst gibt, Schicht für Schicht. Damit man überrascht werden kann, muss man loslassen, und man muss das für selbstverständlich Gehaltene und Offensichtliche zerstören können.

Wenn ich Glück habe, finde ich nach der Zerstörung einen Punkt, von dem aus ich weiterarbeiten kann. Das ist der Moment im Prozess, der am meisten Spaß macht. Beim Zeichnen arbeite ich zentrale Details heraus, die zum Beispiel durch Collage noch stärker betont werden können. Ich denke über einen Titel und über das Thema nach. Die Motive stammen aus dem Leben und seinen Geheimnissen, der Vergangenheit, der Gegenwart und dem Unterbewussten.

– Erkki Nampajärvi (* 1982 in Rovaniemi, lebt und arbeitet in Turku) schloss 2010 sein Studium an der Turku University of Applied Sciences/Art Academy ab. Nampajärvi hatte neun Einzelausstellungen in Finnland und hat an vielen Gruppenausstellungen in Finnland und Deutschland teilgenommen. Diese Ausstellung ist seine erste in Berlin.

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Die Ausstellung wird von der Finnish Cultural Foundation gefördert.

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Kati Rapia and Mikko Kallio ”Wunder”, 18.12. 2012 – 5.1.2013

Galerie TOOLBOX shows an exhibition of two Finnish artists who share the love for making collages.

Kallio_OddTree collage

Mikko Kallio: Odd Tree, 2012

Kati Rapia: collage

Kati Rapia: Festivity IV

Kati Rapia (born 1972) is a visual artist, who combines comics, drawing and photography in her
work. Her works have been seen in several group shows in Finland and elsewhere in Europe and
solo shows like “Still Lifes” at Gallery Hippolyte, Helsinki and “Family Still Lifes” in Gallery Napa.
Her comics have been published in European comic anthologies like “Finnish Comics Annual III”
and Strapazin. Rapia ́s works are represented in several public and private art collections in
Finland and Sweden.
In Kati Rapia ́s narrative collages we meet an old man who does random chores alone in his
house. He is getting ready for his own celebration, with an absurd hope for having guests.
Existential crisis, the tradition of Still Life paintings, melancholy, the relationship between man and nature, comic-like narratives, humor, and playfulness are essential in Rapia’s works. She combines drawings with pieces of photographs. In Rapia ́s two flip books (book animations) we meet a Miracle Baby.

Mikko Kallio (born 1971) works with drawing, collage, and painting. In 2011-12 Kallio worked in
New York City, and currently he works in Tampere, Finland. Kallio ́s work can be seen at the
Pierogi2000 Flat Files folders (New York) and in several public collections in Finland such as the
Helsinki Art Museum and the State of Finland Collections. In addition, his works are among private collections in Finland, Sweden, and USA. Kallio collaborates with the artist collective Le Dernier Cri (Marseille, France). In 2012 his works have been seen at the Pirkanmaa 5:th Triennial –Exhibition (Tampere, Finland) and at a solo show at Taidesalonki Husa Gallery (Tampere, Finland).
Kallio builds his drawing collages with different types of papers, graphite, ink, watercolor, and
found materials. He works in many layers, cutting and drawing collaged figures that interlace with
painted or drawn stripes, dots, and color. In his characters, resemblances to contemporary folk art
merge with expressive drawing, collage, and detailed marks. ”In art I am interested in the
imperfect, raw, and temporary more than creating a world of harmony. I work during a long period
of time, aiming to create layers and perhaps a sense of time in the work, too. For me, making art is
like wandering in a free space, forest or wasteland collecting interesting objects, small miracles.
Everyone of us has the ability to imagine and build one ́s own life and world”.
The exhibition is supported by the Arts Council of Finland and the Arts Council of Pirkanmaa.