Guðrún J. Benónýsdóttir | Arka Gallery Vilnius
Guðrún J. Benónýsdóttir
ROMANTICISM WITHOUT THE END
Arka Gallery Vilnius, Poland
Opening February 21st, 2017
Runs through March 14th, 2017
The ideas of romanticism lately blend into the visual arts, film, new media, fashion world. The various forms of newly actualizised phenomenon increasingly attracted the attention of contemporary artists and curators. On the one hand, the longing for romantic aesthetics and ideals can be opposed to the commerionalism, technology, postmodern artistic principles, entrenched in contemporary art, on the other hand, romanticism provokes an unexpected approach to the new forms of expression and combinations of artistic mediums, that open new possibilities of creativity.
This show aims to reveal and reflect the new forms of romantic thinking, that encourage a search for an organic, sensitive and monumental plastic form, feeling and thinking. The main ambition of the project is to improve that romanticism is still alive in the contemporary individual plastics and visual language, which exactly now has gathered the spiritual content and primordial vision, expressed by the writers and philosophers in „former times“, at the beginning of the XIX century. The exhibition will try to present highly authentic way of romantic expression (that is visible in abstract painting, sculpture, installation works) as opposed to well-established and very often one-sided understanding of romanticism (popular, rigid, literary romantic images, symbols or clichés). The questions about the different influences of romantic tradition are also of great importance.
Edgaras Andriūnas (LT, painting)
Guðrún Benónýsdóttir (Iceland, installation)
Henrikas Čerapas (LT, painting)
Kszysztow Klimek (PL, painting)
Piotr Lutynski (PL, painting, objects)
Mindaugas Navakas (LT, sculpture)
Torild Røtland (Norway, painting)
Alonas Štelmanas (LT, painting)
Zbigniew Warpechowski (PL, documentation of performances and installations)
Guðrún Benónýsdóttir (Iceland) lives and works in Berlin and Reykjavik. From 1995 to 2003 she studied in Paris and at the National Academy of the Arts in Oslo. After her return to Iceland she has been exhibiting in public and private spaces in Northern Europe. Her work has been presented in publications and
magazines (such as “Endemic” magazine, “The art of not making” Thames & Hudson; “Apogee” Revolver “Nesten” Askehaug). Alongside her artistic career, she is one of the founders and directors of academic Útúrdúr Reykjavik, publisher and bookshop specialised in contemporary art and was one of the founders of the Icelandic Kling and Bang Gallery.