Bryndís Hrönn Ragnarsdóttir | New York, U.S.A.
Bryndís Hrönn Ragnarsdóttir
Dispersed Holdings, 3S, 134 bowery, New York, U.S.A.
January 10th, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Resistance 01.10 are six variations on the themes of time, water and assimilation. It starts with 01.10 of the year1700, which is a date that does not exist in Icelandic calendars. It was dismissed along with ten other days when the switch to Gregorian calendar was made. The second chapter is a few minutes recorded on 21.12. 2017. The following variations are mostly made up of words from different times.
Bryndís Hrönn Ragnarsdóttir (b.1974) studied visual art at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts (1999-2002), and the Akademie der Bildenden Kunste in Vienna, Austria ( 2002-2005). She has shown her works widely, in Iceland, Europe and the US.
In a continuous process of exploring the borders of the tangible world and the impenetrable she incorporates a broad range of medium, including performance, sculpture and text. Her recent works include a choir piece based on text, numbers, choreography and vocal sounds, performed by a sound poetry choir at The Living Art Museum in 2017. In that composition, which could be described as a geometric implementation of emotional space she uses numerical response to the environment and natural activity as a reference, taking it as the point of intersection where an act indicates the value of motion, by reaction or registration.
“A conceptual building is inherently old and resilient. It is indeed a developed organism of survival. Its structure is so complex and entwined that even when dismantled, every chopped off limb would carry within it, it s own core structure. Much like the shadow and the sound of my hand are her siblings, so is a conceptual building a sister to the body, the soil and the sunlight.”
Bryndís is currently a co-curator of the performance series Beyond Human Impulses http://beyondhumanimpulses.portfoliobox.net/ and is engaged in a long term collaboration with fellow artistGunnhildur Hauksdóttir on a work named Assembly of the Holy http://assembly.portfoliobox.net/ “Equipped with a keen sensibility for phrases, choreography of the verbal, the spatial and the philosophic, Rangarsdóttir’s works transcend reason in the traditional sense, and exist purely within their own logic. The sense of familiarity connected to a common human exercise is evoked in the viewer when confronted with her works. Distilled down to a few declarations crafted in images, manifested in objects, movement, audio or whatever tools Ragnarsdóttir employs to best facilitate the sensations she wishes to convey and how ever obscure they may be, her works may best be descried as visual poetry of the intuitive and the individualistic.” G. Hauksdóttir 2017
About the artist
Bryndís Hrönn Ragnarsdóttir (b.1974) Studied and attained her degrees (BA, MA) at The Iceland Academy of The Arts, and The Akademie der Bildenden Kunste, Wien.
Through compositions in various medium, her work maintains a dialogue of affection and spatial interest. She operates intuitively, insisting on the use of material within reach, i.e. cheap and attainable. Her works tend to rely on a self-inductive logic, even dismiss the viewer, and in turn become strangely seductive.