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Artist: Kristiina Laurits

Öhuloss - Castle in the Air. Estonian Contemporary Jewellery in Germany 0

Öhuloss - Castle in the Air. A Magic Scene of Contemporary Jewellery from Tallinn
Villa Bengel, Idar-Oberstein (Germany)
November 28, 2013 – March 9, 2014

This is the second time that work from the vitality-filled jewelery scene in Tallinn (Estonia) is being shown in Idar-Oberstein. The new works of the Öhuloss group put a focus on the aesthetic dimensions of gemstones. On display are works of spiritual power that are not only rooted in Estonian mythology and history, but that also reflect the magic of the Baltic landscape. The exhibition shows the works of the internationally renowned Estonian Artists' Association Öhuloss, from Tallinn, with works by Piret Hirv, Kristiina Laurits, Kadri Mälk, Eve Margus-Villems, Villu Plink and Tanel Veenre.  The exhibit's curator, Prof. Theo Smeets, answered some questions about the concept of the exhibition.

Artist: Eve Margus-Villems

What should people know about the Õhuloss group and its work?

The group, Õhuloss/Castle in the Air, consists of six Estonian jewellery artists. Õhuloss was founded in 1999, and its first exhibition took place in the Marzee Gallery in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. The members of the group are graduates from the Estonian Academy of Arts.

Since then, they have exhibited in many jewellery galleries all over Europe, as well as in Shanghai and Tel Aviv, and have published four catalogues and books. In 2010, while Tallinn was the Cultural Capital of Europe, the Õhuloss group had an exhibition of delicate works on exhibit in the Tallinn Northern Lighthouse. At the same time, an overview of the jewellery done by Õhuloss was published: Castle in the Air, Jewellery from Estonia. The book was published in cooperation with Arnoldsche Art Publishers.

Artist: Kadri Mälk

Artist: Piret Hirv

If you could sum up the look and aesthetics of Estonian jewellery in three words, what would they be, and why?

SENSE AND SENSIBILITY are distinctive features of Estonian jewellery. An UNCONSCIOUS CHOICE to provide options; and affection for all kinds of ORGANIC materials.

Artist: Villu Plink 

As stated in the exhibition's press release, the jewellery reflects the magic of the Baltic landscape. Could you please give us a short commentary on this statement?

At the base of everything is the flickering Nordic light, which draws similar boundaries for all of the landscapes that can be found here, in the Baltics: from the smoky dusk to the glimmering light of  dawn.

Artist: Kristiina Laurits

What is the physical layout for this exhibition at Villa Bengel?

The exhibition has been set up in the most serene presentation possible – in white vitrines, and on paper that has a slight wave-like effect. That is so that the works can be viewed as not only solitary pieces, but also as a selection of works that are in dialog with one another, thereby strengthening the impressions that I described in the answers to the previous questions.