Wounds – Drawings by eight
contemporary artists from Iran | 1.–21.09.2023

Wounds | Wunden
Drawings by eight contemporary artists from Iran
Zeichnungen von acht zeitgenössischen Künstler:innen aus dem Iran

Opening | Eröffnung Fri, 29 Sep 2023, 7pm
Runtime | Laufzeit 1–21 Oct 20

Artists | Künstler:innen
Sahar Nahavandi Nejad, Atefeh Mehrvarz, Minoo Kiani,
Azin Rostami, Raheleh Ghavipanjeh, Behnam Bakhshizadeh,
Farhad Gavzan, Hossein Ghafouri

The exhibition is complemented by smaller works on the same topic by Toolbox members Maija Helasvuo, Sampsa Indrén, Mika Karhu, Niina Räty, Juha Sääski and Ilkka Sariola.

Ergänzt wir die Ausstellung durch kleinere Werke zum gleichen Thema von den Toolbox-Mitgliedern Maija Helasvuo, Sampsa Indrén,
Mika Karhu, Niina Räty, Juha Sääski und Ilkka Sariola.

Curated by | kuratiert von Farhad Gavzan and Ilkka Sariola

The exhibition “Wounds” is very special. Toolbox is honoured to present Iranian art, in particular drawings by eight contemporary Iranian artists: Sahar Nahvandi Nejad, Atefeh Mehrvarz, Minoo Kiani, Azin Rostami, Rheleh Ghavipanjeh, Farhad Gavzan, Behnam Bakhshi and Behnam Bakhshizadeh. In addition to Iranian art, some of our TOOLBOX members, Maija Helasvuo, Mika Karhu, Juha Sääski, Sampsa Indren and Ilkka Sariola, will also be presenting some smaller works.

The theme of the exhibition, wound, is ambiguous; everyone has their own invisible wounds, the wounds of violence may appear as scars and the traces of war as open bleeding wounds. We live in critical times and societies are threatened by the Corona pandemic and the war in Ukraine. In fact, the pandemic and the ‘quarantine galleries’ on Instagram, which took place in the year 2020, were the starting point for this exhibition. In the difficult early stages of the pandemic, Iran ended up in a complete lockdown and quarantine. The artist Mr Farhad Gavzan was interested in my artworks on Instagram and he presented some of my artworks in the “Quarantine Gallery” he founded. This gave me the idea to create a cultural exchange project “Quarantine gallery, drawings from Iran and Finland”. I ended up posting 78 days, Instastories and on my wall, from 18.3. – 1.6. 2020, representing as many artists from Iran and Finland. During this project I received many messages from Iranian and Finnish artists who appreciated this cultural art exchange. Many asked if I could represent their artworks. I was impressed by the powerful expression of the works of Iranian artists, often women. I experienced how a drawn picture touches across cultural borders. Now, after more than three years, I have the honour of presenting the works of 8 Iranian artists live in the Toolbox Gallery. This exhibition is curated by my friend Farhad Gavzan and I. The process has been challenging for many unfortunate reasons, but also rewarding. I thank I thank everyone involved in organizing the exhibition in Iran, Berlin and Finland, especially Farhad Gavzan, Andreas Wolf and rest of our Toolbox crew.

Image: Sahar Nahavandi Nejad, untitled, pencil on cardboard, 50 x 70 cm


Galerie/Projektraum TOOLBOX
Koloniestraße 120
13359 Berlin-Wedding
U-Bahn Osloerstraße

Opening Times: Wed–Sat, 3–7pm | Öffnungszeiten: Mi–Sa 15–19 Uhr

An Feiertagen ist die Toolbox geschlossen
On Bank holidays Toolbox is closed

Contact | 25.8.–23.9.2023

Niina Räty (painting and drawing), Maija Helasvuo (wood sculptures)

Opening: Fri 25 August 2023, 7pm

25.8.-23.9.2023
Opening hours: Wed-Sat 3pm-7pm

Closed on bank holidays


Maija Helasvuo

My sculptures shown in the exhibition were created in memory of my deceased relatives.
In the old Finnish belief, the bird acts as a messenger between the living and the dead. So the connection to the afterlife is always there.

Maija helasvuo: From Spring to Autumn

Maija Helasvuo: From Spring to Autum, 2021, Photo: Jussi Tiainen


Niina Räty

I have a dog who brings joy and structure to my life. She trusts me, eagerly keeps me company, and makes ordinary days more meaningful. She is considered my property. Animals are traded, they are milked, sheared and slaughtered, they are made to carry and compete. Is it even possible to build a relationship with an animal without seeking benefits?

To milk, 2022, oil, pastel on canvas, Niina Räty

Niina Räty: To Milk, 2022, oil, pastel on canvas


Toolbox Cabinet
In the cabinet, two music archaeologists will introduce themselves.
One from Finland and one from Berlin:
Dr. Arnd Adje Both
Dr. Riitta Rainio
An archaeomusicological installation consisting of a virtual reality video and ceramic sculptures of instrumentalists will be presented.

The virtual reality videos bring to life the soundscape at the rock painting site of Siliävuori, Finland, about 5,000 years ago. The painted rock cliff rising directly from the lake responds to drumming and singing with echoes. Rock painting sites with images of animals, humans, boats and even drummers are believed to have been ritual sites for prehistoric hunter-fisher-gatherers.
The virtual reality reconstruction of Silävuori was made in collaboration between archaeologists, musicologists and cognitive scientists from the University of Helsinki, using terrestrial and aerial laser scans, spherical photography, spatial impulse response recordings, studio recordings and convolution. The work was part of Dr. Riitta Rainio’s project ”Acoustics and auditory culture at hunter-gatherer rock art sites in Northern Europe, Siberia and North America” funded by the Academy of Finland (2018–2023).

Photo_Riitta Rainio

 

 

 

 


Dr. Arnd Adje Both

The work’s I’m presenting here are related to a theme of mine, the invisibility of sounds and their momentary condition in time and place.


German:

Niina Räty (Malerei und Zeichnung), Maija Helasvuo (Holzskulpturen)

25.8.–23.9.2023

Öffnungszeiten: Mi–Sa 15-19 Uhr

An Feiertagen geschlossen


Maija Helasvuo

Meine in der Ausstellung gezeigten Skulpturen sind im Gedenken an meine verstorbenen Verwandten entstanden.
Im alten finnischen Glauben fungiert der Vogel als Bote zwischen den Lebenden und den Toten. Die Verbindung zum Jenseits besteht also immer.


Niina Räty

Ich habe einen Hund, der Freude und Struktur in mein Leben bringt. Sie vertraut mir, leistet mir eifrig Gesellschaft und macht gewöhnliche Tage sinnvoller. Sie wird als mein Eigentum betrachtet. Tiere werden gehandelt, sie werden gemolken, geschoren und geschlachtet, sie werden zum Tragen und zum Wettbewerb gezwungen. Ist es überhaupt möglich, eine Beziehung zu einem Tier aufzubauen, ohne Vorteile zu suchen?


Toolbox Kabinett

Im Kabinett werden sich zwei Musikarchäologen vorstellen.
Einer aus Finnland und einer aus Berlin:
Dr. Arnd Adje Beide
Dr. Riitta Rainio
Präsentiert wird eine archäomusikologische Installation bestehend aus einem Virtual-Reality-Video und Keramikskulpturen von Instrumentalisten.

Die Virtual-Reality-Videos erwecken die Geräuschkulisse an der Felsmalereistätte von Siliävuori, Finnland, vor etwa 5.000 Jahren zum Leben. Die bemalte Felswand, die sich direkt aus dem See erhebt, antwortet auf Trommeln und Gesang mit Echos. Es wird angenommen, dass die Felsmalereien mit Abbildungen von Tieren, Menschen, Booten und sogar Trommlern Ritualplätze für prähistorische Jäger, Fischer und Sammler waren.
Die Virtual-Reality-Rekonstruktion von Silävuori wurde in Zusammenarbeit von Archäologen, Musikwissenschaftlern und Kognitionswissenschaftlern der Universität Helsinki unter Verwendung von terrestrischen und Luft-Laserscans, sphärischen Fotografien, räumlichen Impulsantworten, Studioaufnahmen und anderen Techniken erstellt. Die Arbeit war Teil von Dr. Riitta Rainios Projekt “Acoustics and auditory culture at hunter-gatherer rock art sites in Northern Europe, Siberia and North America”, das von der Academy of Finland (2018-2023) finanziert wird.


Dr. Arnd Adje Both

Die von mir hier präsentierten Arbeiten beziehen sich auf eins meiner Themen, die Unsichtbarkeit von Klängen und ihr momentanenrZustand in Zeit und Raum.


Galerie/Projektraum TOOLBOX
Koloniestraße 120
13359 Berlin-Wedding
U-Bahn Osloerstraße

Wed– Sat 3–7pm
An Feiertagen ist die Toolbox geschlossen
On Bank holidays Toolbox is closed

Mindless obedience is the worst crime 01.–23.07.2023

Drawing installation:

Stumpfsinniger Gehorsam ist das schlimmste Verbrechen

Artists: Sampsa Indrén, Finland, Henrik Jacob, Germany, Mika Karhu, Finland

Opening: 28.06.2023, 7pm

01.–23.07.2023
Mi–Sa 15–19 Uhr

Galerie/Projektraum TOOLBOX
Koloniestraße 120
13359 Berlin-Wedding
U-Bahn Osloerstraße

Wed– Sat 3–7pm
An Feiertagen ist die Toolbox geschlossen
On Bank holidays Toolbox is closed

Before and After
29.04.–20.05.2023

Pilvi Ojala (Finnland)

Painting, collage, installation

Toolbox Kabinett: Jakob Roepke (Berlin)

29.04–20.05.2023

Opening: April, 28, 7pm

Opening hours: Wed–Sat 3–7pm


Pilvi Ojala

My interest is how things are installed. For example, stage design, illusions, artificial and “authentic” are themes that intrigue my mind. In addition to that I am as well interested in museums. Such as art museums, historical museums and biological, scientific, theatre and movie museums, not to forget the museums that show any kind of curiosities.

As a person I am curious. As an Artist I shift from technique and media to another which might seem to be a disability to concentrate. I paint, I draw, I make animation and I build three-dimensional works. Although for me the basic motive as an artis is to collect all kinds of visual material, to edit it and to compose a visual piece of art. I am like a collector who observes, discovers, and digests the world around me.

For me Art is a medium to combine various interests of mine and therefore a way to create a kind of personal Wunderkammer. It is a way to express myself and an attempt to try to place myself in the World and to try to understand it.

Galerie/Projektraum TOOLBOX
Koloniestraße 120
13359 Berlin-Wedding
U-Bahn Osloerstraße

Wed– Sat 3–7pm
An Feiertagen ist die Toolbox geschlossen
On Bank holidays Toolbox is closed

A Horse With A Name
26.02.–25.03.2023

Kim Somervuori (Fi)

Malerei / Zeichnung | painting / drawing

Toolbox Kabinett: Ute Lindner (Berlin)

Welcome to our opening on Friday, Februar 24, on 7pm

Opening times: Wed,  Fri. , Sat 15–19 and  Thu 16–20 Uhr
Kolonie weekend:   Fri: 19–22 ,  Sun: 14–18

Find attached the Kolonieflyer with all open spaces on the Kolonie Weekend


Kim Somervuori (b. 1975) represents his own unique style, swimming against the current of contemporary Finnish painting. The themes of his artwork draws widely from art and culture; alongside Modernist history of painting, there is a presence of both classic Western poetry and alternative hits of popular music. His gritty painting style has been honed to perfection. The strokes are skilful, as if they were made effortlessly. The composition falls into place as if by itself. And yet, everything is carefully crafted: The materials and handiwork are present. They are not hidden but they are still discreet. The artwork can be viewed without being aware of the presence of the artist. Consequently, Somervuori doesn’t charge his paintings with angst, doesn’t delve in action painting nor aestheticizes by reduction. The mainly good-humoured artworks rife with cultural references are rich and thoughtfully painted. The titles of the artworks matter, should the viewer want to find context offered by the artist, but this is by no means necessary. The weave of visual elements is sure to offer something for everyone.

Curator and gallerist Veikko Halmetoja has been working with Kim Somervuori for already a decade. Somervuori has held four solo exhibitions at Halmetoja’s gallery, but the collaboration between the curator and the artist has also proved fruitful in other exhibitions and projects. Somervuori’s exhibition at Toolbox is his first solo exhibition in Berlin. It has been organized by the artist in collaboration with Gallery Halmetoja.

Kim Somervuori’s art has been acquired in numerous significant Finnish art collections. The largest series of Somervuori’s artworks can be found in Kiasma, in the collection donated by Seppo Fränti to the Finnish National Gallery. Somervuori has graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki after previous art studies in Stockholm.

Photo artwork

Kimi Somervuori, Crysis, 2023
acrylics, ink on canvas
30 x 25 cm


Galerie/Projektraum TOOLBOX
Koloniestraße 120
13359 Berlin-Wedding
U-Bahn Osloerstraße

Wed, Fri-Sat 15-19, Thu 16-20
An Feiertagen ist die Toolbox geschlossen
On Bank holidays Toolbox is closed

Deliver from Evil |
28.10.–19.11.2022

Ilkka Sariola, drawings

https://ilkkasariola.com

Kabinett: Alexander Horn

https://www.alexanderhorn.net


Opening: Fri, 28.10.2022, 7pm

Exhibition: 28.10.–19.11.2022

Open on 30.10.2022 (Kolonie Wedding weekend): 2–6pm
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Artwork: Ilkka Sariola, Neverland, pencil and graphite on paper, 150×115 cm


Galerie/Projektraum TOOLBOX
Koloniestraße 120
13359 Berlin-Wedding
U-Bahn Osloerstraße

Wed, Fri-Sat 15-19, Thu 16-20
An Feiertagen ist die Toolbox geschlossen
On Bank holidays Toolbox is closed

Elina Försti & Wolf Hamm | 01–22.10.2022

Paintings and Drawings

Vernissage: Fri, 30.09.2022, 7pm

Exhibition: 01.–22.10.2022

www.elinaforsti.fi

www.wolfhamm.de

artworks:
top: Elina Försti: “Drying Barn From Tarvola”, 2020–2021, 180×280 cm, oil on canvas

down: Wolf Hamm: “In The Same Boat, Till the End”, 2022, 24×18 cm,  ink on paper

 

Galerie/Projektraum TOOLBOX
Koloniestrasse 120
13359 Berlin-Wedding
U-Bahn Osloerstraße

Mi-Sa/Wed-Sat 15-19
An Feiertagen ist die Toolbox geschlossen
On Bank holidays Toolbox is closed

TOOLBOX Berlin anniversary
exhibition | 27.08–24.09.2022

10 Jahre TOOLBOX Berlin 2012-2022
10 years anniversary exhibition

27.8.-24.9. 2022

Artists: Maija Helasvuo, Sampsa Indren, Mika Karhu, Niina Räty, Ilkka Sariola, Juha Sääski, Andreas Wolf

Austellungseröffnung / Vernissage: Freitag / Friday 26.08. 2022,  19:00
Performances 20:00: Ilkka Sariola, Rag Elnyg, Kainulainen&Latva

The exhibition takes place on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Finnish-German project space Toolbox in Berlin.

Time scedule

The Light and the Dark

Wed 24.08.2022, 7pm, location: Gallery Wolf &Galentz
there’s a third exhibition celebrating the 10 Years Anniversary of Toolbox Berlin. This exhibition is a return-exhibition to the Särkyvää | Zerbrechlich (‘fragile’ in Finnish and German) organised by Toolbox, currently on display in Riihimäki (FI), with works by Berlin and Finnish artists in an old glass factory.

Hannelore

Thu 25.08.2022, 7pm , location: Gallery Wolf &Galentz
Concert Hannelore (Catherine Lorent and Tom Früchtl)

Performances

Ilkka Sariola, Rag Elnyg, Kainulainen&Latva

Fri 26.08.2022, 8pm, Location: Toolbox

artwork: Illka Sariola: Brazen Bull, 115 x 150 cm, lyijykynä paperille / pencil on paper, 2021

Galerie/Projektraum TOOLBOX
Koloniestrasse 120
13359 Berlin-Wedding
U-Bahn Osloerstraße

Mi-Sa/Wed-Sat 15-19
An Feiertagen ist die Toolbox geschlossen
On Bank holidays Toolbox is closed

Überlebende | Survivors
24.06.–23.07.2022

Janne Martola

Zeichnungen | drawings

Toolbox-Kabinett:

Catherine Lorent

Zeichnungen | drawings

Vernissage: Friday 24. 06. 2022, 19 h
Kolonie Wedding weekend: Sunday: 26. 06. 2022: 2–6pm
Öffnungszeiten / Opening hours: Mi–Sa 15–19 h

An Feiertagen ist die Toolbox geschlossen
On Bank holidays Toolbox is closed

Artwork: Wise creature 2, Janne Martola


Janne Martola is a storyteller and a dreamer. In his drawings
the strange and wonderful blends seamlessly with the familiar and the ordinary.
The love for drawing shows in the delicate line and in the abundance of detail.
For Janne the process of creation and every completed drawing is a miracle.

Janne Martolas Survivors-exhibition shows drawings made with charcoal, pencil and watercolors. Through the artworks displayed you can see glimpses of the artistic universe of Martola. Artist wants the gallery visitor to create his/her own stories and interpretations of the drawings

Janne graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts with a master ‘s degree in 2007, but
artistic activity began long before formal art education.
Since the age of 15, Janne has used almost every wakeful moment
drawing. Making art is an integral part of Janne ‘s existence and
life


German

Janne Martola ist ein Geschichtenerzähler und ein Träumer. In seinen Zeichnungen
mischt sich das Fremde und Wunderbare nahtlos mit dem Vertrauten und Gewöhnlichen.
Die Liebe zum Zeichnen zeigt sich in seiner feinen Linienführung und im Detailreichtum der Bilder.
Für Janne sind der Entstehungsprozess und jede vollendete Zeichnung Wunder.

Janne Martolas Survivors-Ausstellung zeigt Zeichnungen, die mit Kohle, Bleistift und Aquarellfarben angefertigt wurden. Die ausgestellten Kunstwerke geben einen Einblick in das künstlerische Universum von Martola. Der Künstler möchte, dass der Besucherinnen und Besucher der Galerie ihre eigenen Geschichten und Interpretationen zu den Zeichnungen entwickeln.

Janne Martola schloss 2007 sein Studium an der Akademie der Schönen Künste mit einem Master ab, aber seine künstlerische Tätigkeit begann lange vor der formalen Kunstausbildung.
Seit seinem 15. Lebensjahr hat Janne fast jeden Moment genutzt, um zu zeichnen.
Kunst zu machen ist ein integraler Bestandteil seines Lebens.

 

PEOPLE – Notes from the Draughtman’s Diary |
27.08.–18.09.2021

Drawing exhibition with works by the Finnish artist
MARKKU HAKURI

Vernissage: 27 August 2021, 7pm

Toolbox Kabinett: Karen Stuke

http://www.karenstuke.de

27.08.–18.09.2021
Opening Times: Mi–Sa 15-19 h
10. 09. 2021: 19–21 Uhr

An Feiertagen ist die Toolbox geschlossen
On Bank holidays Toolbox is closed


For German, please scroll down

PEOPLE – Notes from the Draughtman’s Diary

MARKKU HAKURI

The rule will be formed when many coincidences meet sufficiently in the same picture.

Jevgeni Vodolzkin: The flyer, Into kustannus 2018, p. 210

PEOPLE – Notes from the Draughtman’s Diary is three-year project based on the idea of our world view, which consists of stories constructed by all our senses. We fill in and modify these stories throughout our lives.

During the working process, between May 1, 2016 and April 31, 2019, I studied how visual information constructs one’s vision of the world. Daily randomly-chosen Press photos from the Helsingin Sanomat newspaper have been transformed in the draughtman’s diary into a new picture—a vision of the artist’s mindscape, a story of the moment.

The project provides a new way of reinterpreting the Press photos, which tell a new story of the world through free associations—a story I have transferred by drawing into the surroundings of my own experience. The pictures have become part of my own life story.

For those interested in the materials used: Diary pages (30 x 40 cm); a ballpoint pen; oil pastel; and watercolors, white/mainly black.

Markku Hakuri

www.markkuhakuri.com


Deutsch

MENSCHEN – Notizen aus dem Tagebuch des Zeichners

Die Regel wird gebildet, wenn sich viele Zufälle im gleichen Bild ausreichend treffen.
Jevgeni Vodolzkin: Der Flyer, Into kustannus 2018, S. 210

Menschen – Notizien aus dem Tagebuch des Zeichners ist ein dreijähriges Projekt, das auf der Idee unserer Weltanschauung basiert, die aus Geschichten besteht, die mit allen unseren Sinnen konstruiert werden. Wir füllen und modifizieren diese Geschichten unser ganzes Leben lang.
Während des Arbeitsprozesses, zwischen dem 1. Mai 2016 und dem 31. April 2019, habe ich erforscht, wie visuelle Informationen die eigene Sicht der Welt konstruieren. Täglich zufällig ausgewählte Pressefotos der Helsinkier Zeitung (Helsingin Sanomat) wurden im Tagebuch des Zeichners in ein neues Bild verwandelt – eine Vision der Geisteslandschaft des Künstlers, eine Geschichte des Augenblicks.

Das Projekt vermittelt eine neue Art der Interpretation der Pressefotos, die durch freie Assoziationen eine neue Weltgeschichte erzählen – eine Geschichte, die ich durch Zeichnen in die Umgebung meiner eigenen Erfahrung übertragen habe. Die Bilder sind Teil meiner eigenen Lebensgeschichte geworden.

Für Interessierte, die verwendeten Materialien sind: Tagebuchseiten (30 x 40 cm); ein Kugelschreiber; Öl-Pastell; und Aquarelle, weiß/hauptsächlich schwarz.
Markku Hakuri
www.markkuhakuri.com