From Iceland | Schijndel, Netherlands
Dagmar Atladóttir, Helgi Þorgils Friðjónsson, Íris Elfa Friðriksdóttir, Pálína Guðmundsdóttir, Sigurður Guðmundsson, Bjarni Gunnarsson, Georg Guðni Hauksson, Brynjar Helgason, Helena Jónsdóttir, Svanborg Matthíasdóttir, Kaðlín Ólafsdóttir, Magnús Pálsson, Joris Rademaker, Hrafnkell Sigurðsson, Ingileif Thorlacius, Aðalsteinn Þórsson, Þorvaldur Þorsteinsson, Stefán Axel Valdimarsson, Arna Valsdóttir, Henriette van Egten, Rúna Þorkelsdóttir and Jan Voss.
From Iceland/Frá Íslandi
KEG-Expo gallery, Steeg 9, 5482 WN Schijndel, Netherlands
July 7th – September 1st, 2018
On the 7th of July the exhibition From Iceland/Frá Íslandi (IS-NL, Art connections between Iceland and the Low Countries) opens at the KEG-Expo gallery in the city of Schijndel, The Netherlands.
This is a group exhibition of 22 Icelandic artists who all have studied or worked in the low countries, and artists from the Netherlands with a connection to Iceland. The exhibition emphasis on the decades of connections that Iceland has with the dutch Art academies. Curators Mariëlle van den Bergh and Mels Dees worked from their own personal connections with Icelandic artists which they had made in the eighties when Mariëlle studied at The Jan van Eyck academie. In the year 2017 the couple stayed in the SÍM residency in Reykjavík and reconnected with some of their fellow students from Maastricht. The selection did expand and now shows a varied selection of Icelandic artists both in age and approaches.
The exhibition is open until 01.09. 2018.
An elaborate catalog and DVD disc will be published in connection with the show.
About the artists
The work of Dagmar Atladóttir has been exhibited and performed at various institutions, galleries and art fairs such as The Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht, Museum Tent Rotterdam, Arts Santa Mónica, Amsterdam Art Fair, Grimm Museum in Berlin and more. Her work investigates the border between possible and impossible worlds and reality as a creational act consisting of a plurality of worlds; that possible worlds are a way of explaining probability, hypothetical statements, address notions of truth and speculate on the nature of fiction. Common themes throughout her work are The BRUT and The Wild as manifested within paganism, witchcraft or the aesthetics of horror for example. Her work seeks to alter normalities through odd rituals with the help of objects and performances. Resulting in natural/unnatural situations where sinister things lurk beneath the surface.
Dagmar is also half of the duo Atladóttir & d’Ors with friend and collaborator Laura d’Ors. The duo are the creators of the fictional country The Independent Republic of Bellona, among other projects. They occasionally carry out commercial assignments in art directing and conceptual design for brands such as: COMME des GARÇONS and Paco Rabanne.
Helgi Þorgils Friðjónsson
Helgi Þorgils Friðjónsson (born March 7, 1953 in Búðardalur, Iceland) is an Icelandic artist. He grew up in Búðardalur and moved at the age of 15 to Reykjavík. He studied Fine Arts and Crafts from 1971 to 1976, after which he went to The Hague and studied at De Vrije Academie (1976–77) and then at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht. He returned to Iceland when his studies were finished in 1979.
In a monograph by Elena Pontiggia, the artist’s work was described as “northern, polar fairytales, full of fish and walrus, crossed by ice sheets and clouds, where unexpected water springs appear and there is an uninterrupted limbo of angels and birds chirping.”
Helgi represented Iceland at the Venice Biennale in 1990.
Sigurdur Gudmundsson’s (b. 1942) work is difficult to separate from the energetic, humorous, intelligent artist himself. His prolific and highly individual body of work includes photographs, novels, and giant replicas of chocolates in stone, metal, and lacquer. Since the 1960s, his varied and at times seemingly cacophonic achievements have gradually grown into an oeuvre that is also vigorous, succulent and original. Gudmundsson is one of Iceland’s most international artists, with homes and studios in Holland, Iceland and Sweden, and recently in Xiamen and Beijing. He has exhibited widely in Europe and has had commissions for major public works in the Nordic countries and in Central Europe.
Georg Guðni Hauksson
Georg Guðni Hauksson (1 January 1961 – 18 June 2011) was an Icelandic landscape painter. From 1980–1985 Georg Guðni studied at the Visual Art and Handicraft College in Reykjavík and from 1985-1987 at the Jan Van Eyck Academie in Maastricht. His first solo exhibition at the Living Art Museum in Reykjavik in 1985 attracted much attention, as it presented a special view of landscape painting with innovative formal and conceptual interpretation. Georg Guðni won several awards for his work, including DV Cultural Award in 1988, he was nominated for the Ars Fennica Award in 2000 and three times he was nominated for the Carnegie Art Award.
Bjarni Gunnarsson is an Icelandic Composer / Sound artist. He released numerous LP´s, EP´s, compilation tracks and reworks on labels like Vertical Form, Thule, Uni:form, Spezial Material, Trachanik, LMALC, Shipwrec, 3LEAVES and Granny records. He perfomed his music in concerts and festivals in Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Switzerland, Italy, Ireland and Iceland. Collections of his solo works can be found on the CDs “Safn 2006-2009” (2010), “Processes & Potentials” (2013) and “Paths” (2016). Concerned with process-based ideas. Sounds focusing on internal activity and motion. Compositions that put into foreground behaviors, actions, fluid sound structures, fuzzy materials or forms.
Helena Jonsdottir studied at the National Theatre Ballet School of Iceland, with additional studies at Alvin Ailey, New York. She has performed in and choreographed countless productions for television, film, music videos and the stages. Helena has also written, choreographed and directed many dance films, including Breaking voices (2002) and Zimmer which won the IV. Videotanzpreis 2003/2004 of SK Stiftung Kultur in Cologne. Besides being recognized internationally the last years for her work in Scandinavia, UK and USA – in 2003 she was nominated as Best Choreographer at the Music Video Production Association Awards, Los Angeles – Helena Jonsdottir has been highly respected in Iceland for many years as one of the leading contemporary choreographers, both for television and stage.
Svanborg Matthíasdóttir (b. 1958.) studied painting at The Icelandic College of Art and Crafts, and at The Jan Van Akademie in Maastricht Holland.
In her latest series of paintings that she started in 2011 and is still in process, Svanborg is working with two parallel “stories”. The personal story, the “inner” story, is a depiction of memories, recaptured from photos taken when studying at the JVE. A tale of travels, visiting museums and galleries, looking at art, together with friends. Stories, portraying particular persons, in a world/time gone by. The recreation of forms, gestures, light, reflection and atmosphere of introspection.
The universal story, the “outer” story of these paintings, reflects on aspects of the phenomenon; exhibition, the exhibit, to exhibit, to see, to be seen. The relationship between the viewer and what is being viewed. When the viewer becomes a part of the view. The interaction between the space, the art, the artist and the viewer, inside and outside of the painting.
For the past decade Svanborg has also been making Artist’s books. There her subject is experimetation with the form, with materials, the composition, color and various tecniques.
Magnús Pálsson is one of Iceland’s premier artists; a national treasure. In 1978 he was instrumental in founding The Living Art Museum (Nýló). Sculptor, sound poet, performer and inspirational teacher, Magnús comes from a strong Fluxus background, where he and his clan forged the beginnings of conceptualism and concrete poetry. As a sculptor, Magnús dealt with enigma and touch by making casts of negative spaces and trapping ephemeral moments in solidifying plaster. His signature piece from that time is a cast of the space between the three wheels of a Sikorsky helicopter and its landing field, seconds before it actually touches down. Made in 1976, this work was exhibited in Venice in 1980 when Magnús represented Iceland at the 37th Biennale. Gradually he moved away from solid material into the more fluid realm of sound and action where recently he has made works for choirs, JCB earth diggers, ghosts and children.
Hrafnkell Sigurdsson (b. 1963) studied at the Icelandic College of Art and Crafts, the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, and Goldsmith College, London. Through performance, video, installation, and photography, Hrafnkell’s art examines transitory elements of man’s relationship with nature and plays with ideas of reversal and ritual, corporeal masculinity and transcendence of the body. His photographic series include images of empty tents in the snow, houses under construction, and most recently, mirror images of trash whose front panels open to reveal quiet snowy panoramas. Hrafnkell has exhibited worldwide, from Europe to East Asia, Tasmania to the Louvre, and he was granted the Icelandic Visual Art Award in 2007.
Aðalsteinn Þórsson (b. 1964)
For the last fifteen years Aðalstein´s main occupation has been The Personal collection – Einkasafnið. A project where he “collects the leftovers of his life.” This can be both in material form, the leftovers of the consumption or as a result of a mental process the creative leftovers. Last June he opened The Center – Miðstöðina, in the land of Kristnes in Eyjafjörður. Which is going to be the home of the collection. A physical space and a living museum.
Aðalsteinn studied at the Myndlistaskólinn á Akureyri, Lahti Institute Of Fine Arts in Lahti, Finland and The Dutch Art Institute, the Netherlands were he received his MFA in 1998.
Thorvaldur Thorsteinsson has always avoided becoming something . He has never made a realistic plan for his life or set himself a goal apart from doing what pleases him the most each day. This way he believes he can best help others in their search for themselves. Just like when the stewardess reminds us to put the oxygen mask first on ourselves before we assist our fellow passengers. Þorvaldur Þorsteinsson has thus on purpose avoided projects that will not maximize his own happiness.
Arna G. Valsdóttir ( b.1963 )
Gratuated in 1986 from the The Icelandic College of Art sand Crafts, graphic department, and in 1989 from video/audio department of the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, The Netherlands.
Since 1998 she has been living and working in Akureyri. Her works are mostly multimedia installations where she combines her love for singing with the visual image and the environment.