Hallgrímur Helgason and Húbert Nói at Christoffer Egelund
TVEIR HRAFNAR - Art Gallery in Reykjavík introduces an exhibition by Hallgrímur Helgason and Húbert Nói in cooperation with Galleri Christoffer Egelund in Copenhagen. The Icelandic Ambassador Benedikt Jónsson will be present at the opening.
Welcome to the opening at Bredgade 75, Friday, March 13, at 5:00pm.
Hallgrímur Helgason is an artist and writer. He has held over 30 solo exhibitions and published 8 novels, the best known being 101 Reykjavik (1996), The Hitman’s Guide to Housecleaning (2008) and The Woman at 1000° (2011). Five of his novels have been published in Danish, two of his novels have been filmed, three have been staged in a theatre and three of them have been nominated to the Nordic Prize of Literature. Helgason has also written original film scripts. A Danish movie based on his screenplay (Comeback, starring Anders W. Berthelsen, directed by Natasha Arthy) will premiere in the summer of 2015.
Hallgrímur Helgason started out as a visual artist, studying in Reykjavik and Munich. He later lived for three years in New York and five years in Paris, showing at galleries like Stux, Alain Gutharc and Philippe Rizzo. Since 1996 Helgason has been living in Iceland, dividing his time between writing and painting, between Reykjavik and the small island of Hrísey.
The graphic series “The Kodak Moments” were executed in the years 2004-2007 and shown at the Turpentine Gallery in Reykjavik in February 2007. With their sarcastically happy title, the series are mostly, though unconsciously, based on the artist’s own difficult relationship with the mother of his 2 youngest children, a relation that ended in divorce in early 2009. The series focus on the B-side of bliss, the dark side of love, the duties and dangers of family life, the ongoing tension and possible treason inside the household, the everlasting battle of the sexes. The works were drawn by hand and then scanned and worked on in the computer, and digitally printed. The original number of works was 110.
Húbert Nói Jóhannesson lives and works in Reykjavík. His body of work has from early in his carrier been based on two main subjects — memory and location. In his works Jóhannesson observes how the exterior is stored in a human being; the navigation in that developing world, and then again a comparison to the outside. All of Jóhannesson’s locations paintings are painted from memory. That evokes the question whether his paintings – art products – show an actual location or an inner location. Jóhannesson’s quite influential site specific paintings – particulary from within exhibition spaces – like other of his works observe the moveable part of the human mind; the conscious, that still is not fully understood. What it is or how it got developed. A photograph or a video is an external memory. In his videos of geothermal drillsites Jóhannesson brings to the viewer a condition that takes place 2 km beneath the surface.