Icelandic artists at Momentum9, Moss, Norway
Icelandic artists participate in Momentum9 in Moss, Norway
Icelandic Exhibitors: Búi Aðalsteinsson, Olga Bergmann and Anna Hallin, Ragnar Þórisson
Curated by: Ulrika Flink (SE) Ilari Laamanen (FI) Jacob Lillemose (DK) Gunhild Moe (NO) Jón B.K. Ransu (IS)
Since its inception in 1998, MOMENTUM has strived to present compelling works of art and outstanding artistic ventures in Norway and the Nordic context. The Biennial has since become established as one of the most exciting platforms for contemporary art in the Nordic region. The ninth edition of the Momentum Biennial (M9) takes the notion of alienation as its starting point. In the term alienation the curators refer to a contemporary world where alien processes and entities are becoming MOMENTUM 9: ALIENATION VISUAL IDENTITY DESIGNED BY TUOMAS KORTTEINEN AND HEIKKI LOTVONEN THE 9TH NORDIC BIENNIAL OF CONTEMPORARY ART momentum 9: alienation JUNE 17 – OCTOBER 11 2017 GALLERI F 15 AND MOMENTUM KUNSTHALL MOSS, NORWAY s. 2/3 an integrated part of our lives through technological, ecological and social transformations. We encounter and engage with the alien every day. Alienation is our contemporary condition. While more information and modes of communication are available to us than ever before, it is not easier to make sense of the whole. M9 addresses this confusion and insists on searching for new tools for greater understanding of the human condition through crosspollination of methods, categories and disciplines.
Búi Bjarmar Aðalsteinsson is an Icelandic product design, sometimes interconnecting his design with Fine Arts. He graduated from the Icelandic Academy of the Arts in 2013. http://buibjarmar.com/
Anna Hallin (b. 1965) was born in Sweden and now lives in Iceland. Her oeuvre includes sensitive drawings, paintings, sculptural objects and video animation—sometimes intricate, sometimes spare and refined—in which her main source of inspiration is the world of microorganisms and invertebrates. She is also inspired by the design of household equipment, such as plumbing and tubing, and the relationships between technology, nature, and the human body. Her interest in connections and systems extend to how individuals in urban settings are linked to one another. Anna received an MFA in ceramics from Gothenburg University and an MFA in studio arts from Mills College, Oakland, California.
Olga Bergmann (b. 1967) graduated with an MFA from the California College of Art and Crafts in 1995 after she studied at the Icelandic College of Art and Crafts and the Valand Art Academy in Gothenburg. Science, nature and the world of man form a trinity that Olga regularly combines in her art. She makes extensive use of objects trouvées, handling them with a variety of approaches. In the words of Dagur Gunnarsson, “Olga uses humour to seduce the spectator into a seamless world which at the same time is a satire on the direction that our own reality appears to be taking.” www.this.is/olga
Ragnar Þórisson creates paintings that are the result of years of experiments where he typically paints people set in neutral surroundings. He displays his models in an ambiguous manner, immersed in an atmospere of mysticality. Large, multi-layered colour fields are mixed together with fine pencil drawing. The works are equivocal, suggestring a subtle movement in time and space, so it seems that the artist is attempting to grasp something other than what is visible to the plain eye. Ragnar´s paintings offer us a glimpse of people, shrouded in mystical atmosphere. Huge, multilayered, coloured surfaces are intertwined with delicate brush strokes. The artwork is ambiguous and indicates a subdued movement in time and space, it looks as if the artist is trying to capture things which are normally hidden from the naked eye. Some kind of turnaround seems to have taken place. Instead of paintings of people we get people as paintings. The paintings take on a human form through the colours and lines of the artist, they take on a human disguise. The audience minds fill in the blanks, forming characters. Each individual is different, with his or her own characteristics, captured in an image expressing emotions and telling a story. In much the same way as the artist, we stir up various motives – people we know, photos from family albums, characters from movies, portraits from art history and so on.