Willi Tomes

Willi Tomes was born 1979 in Rudolstadt, Thüringen. He studied painting, print and object-production at the UdK Berlin between 2001-2006 with Professor Wofgang Petrick. 2011 he received a grant from the Käthe-Dorsch/Agnes-Straub Foundation.

Tomes work includes graphics, collages, pictures, sculptures, installations and sound performances. Tomes lives and works as an artist and DJ in Berlin.

Willi Tomes transforms almost-forgotten wastelands of pop cultural consciousness into landscapes that step beyond consumerist critique to manifest beauty in refined composition.

Tomes offers us a fresh interpretation of the artistic tradition of assemblage and Gustav Metzger’s Auto-Destructive Art. His art is marked by an aesthetics of violence and decay, as well as the titillating intellectual and emotional dimensions of our collective cultural memory. His creative, impulsive destruction transforms Lost Media such as records and their covers, cassettes and the glossy plastic waste of past household desirabilities into crudely reborn art objects. It is inviting to view Tomes’ art in the light of the current discourse about musical hauntology and retro-mania.

Willi Tomes took part in the following Somos exhibitions:
Saturation and Decay
My Paper Sunglasses

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Born 1979 in Rudolstadt, Thüringen, Germany. Lives and works in Berlin.

Education

2006

  • Meisterschüler der Universität der Künste Berlin bei Prof. Wolfgang Petrick

2001/6

  • Universität der Künste Berlin, ab 2002 Fachklasse für Malerei, Druckgrafik und Objektbau bei Professor Wolfgang Petrick

Fellowships

2011

  • Förderstipendium der Käthe-Dorsch– und Agnes-Straub-Stiftung

Solo Exhibitions

2012

  • “Trial & Terror” (Performance), Brunnen70, Berlin
  • “1000,” Atelierhaus Mengerzeile, Berlin

2010

  • “Worst Case Scenario,” Galerie Gerken, Berlin
  • “Thermodynamik,” da fridge gallery, Berlin

2009

  • “Pandämonium,” eco3plan, Berlin
  • “Elektroengel,” Neonchocolate Galerie, Berlin

2008

  • “Moritat,” Total-Artspace, Berlin

2007

  • “Zwielichtzone,” Galerie Gerken, Berlin

2005

  • “Evolution Twist,” Galerie Gerken, Berlin

Group Exhibitions

2013

  • “Berlin-Klondyke,” Alte Spinnerei, Leipzig
  • “Schwebendes Verfahren,” P.O.P. Berlin
  • “Wege zur Kunst,” Kulturdiele, Rudolstadt

2012

  • “Berlin-Klondyke,” Kunstverein Pfaffenhofen
  • “Tape Modern No.25,” Tape Modern, Berlin

    “18×24,” Bruno Taut Pavillon, Berlin

2011

  • “XMAS 11,” Galerie Christoffer Egelund, Kopenhagen
  • “Phantome,” Uferhallen, Berlin
  • “Dreizehn,” Galerie Filser & Gräf, München
  • “Berlin-Klondyke,” Odd Gallery Klondike Institute of Art & Culture, Dawson, Yukon, Canada

2010

  • “Zeitgenossen, haufenweise,” The Forgotten Bar, Berlin
  • “Best of dimension 5,” The Forgotten Bar, Berlin
  • “personal belongings,” tmp plate, Berlin
  • “Phantomschaltung,” Fernmeldeamt, Berlin
  • “Sandbox,” Kunstraum Richard Sorge, Berlin

2009

  • “Schillernde Fassaden,” Rudolstadt, DE
  • “Gesellschaftskritische Positionen,” Galerie Gerken, Berlin
  • “Reliquienschreine vom Staub der Imperien,” Bereznitsky Galerie, Berlin

2008

  • “30 gegen 3000000,” Kulturforum Schloss Holte-Stukenbrock, DE
  • “Rotes Haus,” Kunstraum Bethanien, Kreuzberg, Berlin

2006

  • Meisterschüler exhibition, Universität der Künste, Berlin
  • Accrochage “Die Elf,” Galerie Gerken, Berlin

2003

  • “Context 3,” Heidecksburg, Rudolstadt, DE
  • “Works on Paper,” Galerie Völker und Freunde, Berlin

2002

  • “Context 2,” Schillerhaus, Rudolstadt

Art Fairs

2015

  • Art Prague, curatorial project SomoS

2007

  • Cologne Art Fair 07, Galerie Gerken, Berlin

2006

  • Cologne Art Fair 06, Galerie Gerken, Berlin

2005

  • Art Frankfurt, Galerie Völker und Freunde, Berlin

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