Conversation & Drinks hosted by Ragnar Kjartansson
DIMENSIONS VARIABLE AND KLING & BANG PRESENT:
Ragnar Kjartansson talks with the artists of Kling & Bang
Friday, September 27, 2013 at 10 pm
Daníel Björnsson, Ragnar Helgi Ólafsson, Ingibjörg Sigurjónsdóttir, Anna Hrund Másdóttir, Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir and Magnús Sigurðarson recently opened an exhibition, Pyramide Solitaire in Dimensions Variable in Miami. The exhibition is one part of a collaboration, with artists from Dimensions Variable exhibiting in Kling & Bang in Reykjavík later on.
They invite to an Informal Conversation & Drinks hosted by Ragnar Kjartansson. Kjartansson talks with Magnús Sigurdarson and the artists from Kling & Bang—Daníel Björnsson, Ragnar Helgi Ólafsson, Ingibjörg Sigurjónsdóttir and Anna Hrund Másdóttir about their project at Dimensions Variable, their individual practices and the Icelandic art community.
About Kling & Bang
The Kling & Bang gallery was founded by a rag tag group of artists at the beginning of 2003. Coming from a variety of different backgrounds, the group’s common goal was to challenge the context and content of creative thinking. And throughout the seven years of Kling & Bang’s existence this enthusiasm has been responsible for countless projects, exhibitions and collaborations. Of course there will be variability in terms of quality, there always is, and while too much focus may rest on the “how” and only later on the “what” this “modus operandi” has stood Kling & Bang in good stead and brought them international attention.
Since 2003 they have presented work by carefully-chosen, emerging and established artists, both Icelandic and international. They have participated in a show at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, at the Berliner Liste in Berlin and at Frieze Project-Frieze Art Fair in London and collaborated with such distinguished international figures as Christoph Schlingensief, Paul McCarthy, Jason Rhoades, John Bock, David Askevold, Gelitin, as well as working with a number of influential Icelandic artists. For two years, they ran the 5,000-square-meter KlinK & BanK studio space, where some 137 artists, designers, filmmakers and musicians worked on a day-to-day basis, producing wide variety of projects, presenting on average three events per week.
As the artist-run element of the organization is vital to the group’s identity, all eight of Kling & Bang’s members are artists themselves—indeed, when applicable, the gallery volunteers to participate in the creation of artworks with the artists they invite and exhibit. Kling & Bang puts up close to a dozen exhibitions every year and they are down-and-dirty, they’re hands-on and above all “can-do”.
About Dimensions Variable
Dimensions Variable is an artist-run exhibition space committed to advancing artistic discourse in Miami.
Our main focus is to create an exchange of ideas between our city and the international community. Through collaborations with artists, galleries and institutions from around the world, we hope to support dynamic projects that engage our community and provide an opportunity to initiate a dialogue elsewhere. Our program consists of exhibitions, discussions, lectures, and special projects.
Dimensions Variable is run by Adler Guerrier, Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova and Frances Trombly.