It’s Happening Now | London, UK
Erling T.V. Klingenberg, Sirra Sigrún Sigurðardóttir, Natasha Kidd, Hatty Lee, Kristinn Már Pálmason, Leifur Ýmir Eyjólfsson, Elizabeth Russell, Robert Holyhead, Ásdis Sif Gunnarsdóttir, Oliver Comerford and Sara Björnsdóttir
It’s Happening Now
Safe House 1, 139 Copeland Road Peckham London
November 2nd – 11th, 2018
Opening Friday November 2nd at 6-10
It’s Happening Now is the second in series of three international art exhibitions with twenty-eight artists from seven countries happening at Safe House 1, 139 Copeland Road Peckham London in 2018-2019.
The participating artists in the second exhibition are; Erling T.V. Klingenberg, Sirra Sigrun Sigurdardottir, Natasha Kidd, Hatty Lee, Kristinn Mar Palmason, Leifur Ymir Eyjolfsson, Elizabeth Russell, Robert Holyhead, Asdis Sif Gunnarsdottir, Oliver Comerford and Sara Bjornsdottir.
All three exhibitions will highlight the multiple manifestations of time in art. Whether it is a photograph of an empty space where people’s non-presence becomes resounding, site-specific work, video or a live performance, all of the works in the three exhibits will concentrate on time. Bringing together artists that have all dealt with the presence of time in their work or who regard their work as performative. To encourage discourse with and amongst the audience there will be live performances at opening.
Performances at the opening by the Icelandic artists Asdis Sif Gunnarsdottir and Erling T.V. Klingenberg who will be assisted by Maddie Banwell, Ari Bjorn Olafsson, Nevena Dinic and Sarah LJ
Following the opening on Saturday November 3rd at 3 will be a speed talk/run through with Kristinn Mar Palmason, Asdis Sif Gunnarsdottir, Oliver Comerford, Natasha Kidd, Sirra S. Sigurdardottir, Elizabeth Russell, Leifur Ymir Eyjolfsson and Erling T.V. Klingenberg.
Saturday November 11th at 3 finisage with refreshments and a talk by Sara Bjornsdottir.
The exhibition will be open Fridays-Sundays, 2nd – 11th November from 14-18
More information about the artists @itsHappeningNoww
Supported by the Icelandic Art Fund & Egill Skallagrimsson Fund.
About the artists
Erling T.V. Klingenberg
Erling lives and works in Reykjavik and is co-founder of Kling & Bang Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland. Studied at Nova Scotia College of Art & Design where he completed an MFA degree. He also studied at Hochschule für Bildende Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Fachhochschule fur Bildende Kunst, Kiel, Germany and the Icelandic College of Art & Crafts, Reykjavik, Iceland. He has exhibited both in his native Iceland and internationally, f.ex. in Austria, Germany, France, Czech Republic, Denmark, Sweden, Netherland, Ireland, Poland, USA, UK, China and Canada.
Sirra Sigrún Sigurðardóttir
Sirra Sigrún Sigurðardóttir(b. 1977) graduated from School of Visual Arts with MFA in Art Practice 2013, the Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2001 and has studied Art Theory at the University of Iceland. She is one of the founders of Kling & Bang gallery in Reykjavik and has in that capacity organized a number of exhibitions and projects. Sirra Sigrun Sigurdardottir has exhibited extensively in Iceland and internationally.
Sirra’s work often seems to find its footing on a thin line between art and entertainment, catching the viewer’s attention without revealing careful artistic investigations into the color spectrum and principles of movement and space. Certain personal symbols bear reference to art history, the status of the artist, statistical information, scientific theories and topographical contexts.
Situated within the expanded field of painting Natasha Kidd makes automated paintings systems or machines. Using arterial systems of pipes and pumps these mechanisms fill paintings from the inside. This practice based research emerges out of a desire to make visible the process, action and event of painting itself and to place the viewer directly inside production. These ideas form the basis for her doctoral project at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University that is taking a close look at these automated painting systems and exposing their production through the form of a manual. The project focuses its attention on the “construction” of one object but in doing so wants to consider what thinking through making and practice as research looks like.
Natasha is Course Leader of the BA Fine Art Course at Bath School of Art and Design.
She is an Associate Lecturer on the BA Fine Art course at Chelsea College of Art and Design.
Natasha lives and works in Oxford
Hatty Lee is born in London 1968. She studied at Camberwell College of Art 1998 foundation. Goldsmiths College BA 1989-1992. Greenwich University PGCE 1995-1996 and Chelsea College of Art & Design MA Fine Art 1996-1997.
She has exhibited widely both in London and abroad and has been represented by Lotta Hammer Gallery in London.
Kristinn Már Pálmason
Kristinn Már Pálmason is born in Keflavík Iceland in 1967. He studied at The Icelandic College of Art and crafts and graduated from The Slade School of
Fine Art, University College London in 1998 (MFA). He has had numerous solo exhibitions and participated in group-exhibitions in Iceland and abroad.
Kristinn has engaged in various art related projects and co – founding of galleries such as Anima (2006 – 08) and Kling & Bang (from 2003).
Kristinn Már Pálmason is represented by Tveir Hrafnar Art Gallery in Reykjavík.
Leifur Ýmir Eyjólfsson
Leifur Ýmir Eyjólfsson lives and works in Reykjavík Iceland (b. 1987). He graduated from the fine art department in the art academy of Iceland in 2013. He has worked in various mediums, recently with focus on instalations that have often a hidden performative aspect. For the past years grafik art has been a focus point, making prints and instalations with prints with technique such as silk screen, monotype, etching, wood and linoleum cutting. He has taught grafik art in the academy of fine art in Iceland. He is a boardmember of the Icelandic grafik asociation.
Elizabeth Russell is born in Calgary, Alberta in 1969. She received her BFA in Painting from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design Vancouver in 1995 and her Masters of Fine Art in Combined Media from Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, UK in 1997. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in BC, Canada, Bremen, Germany and London, UK.
Elizabeth is a conceptual artist who produces paintings, drawings, photography and installations in a variety of styles. Her art practice involves the creation of art works for thematic gallery exhibitions, as well as site-specific works and community based projects.
She is currently an art instructor for North Island College in Courtenay, BC where she resides.
Robert Holyhead was born in Trowbridge, UK in 1974. He studied at Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University (BA Hons, Fine Art, Painting 1993-96) and at the Chelsea School of Art and Design (MA Fine Art, Painting, 1996-97).
In 2005 he was a recipient of the five-year ACME Fire Station live/work residency. In 2009/2010 he was commissioned by the Government Art Collection to produce two site-specific works for the New British Embassy and the UK Permanent Representation to the European Union in Brussels.
The Arts Council Collection, the Government Art Collection, the Tate collection and Centre Pompidou have acquired his work.
Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir
Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir (b. 1976) graduated from the School of Visual Arts, New York in 2000 with a BFA with honors in Fine Arts; she received her MA in New Genres from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2004. Transformation, disguise and play are essential elements of her work, as are references to ceremony and rituals. In her performances Ásdís has employed a theme of destruction, crushing glitter balls under high heels and smashing dishes while reciting texts and dressing up in various costumes. Ornate and spectacular motifs—such as fireworks, Christmas decorations and other frills—are distinctive features in Ásdís’s work.
In Oliver Comerford’s work, the landscape plays a supporting role as the transient backdrop to the journey depicted. His subject matter is not the landscape as destination, but the momentary awareness of a timeless world existing outside the windows of a speeding car. The geographic disparity of his subjects, as well as the allusions to contemporary film and photography, serve to underline the way in which we perceive the outside world in our daily lives as we shuttle between destinations. In his catalogue essay to the Royal Hibernian Academy exhibition earlier this year, Patrick Murphy perfectly described Comerford’s romantic realism as a ‘blue note of melancholy’ deriving from ‘the truck stops, bends, and airports of our itinerant lives’.
Now Dublin-based, Comerford studied at Chelsea College of Art and Design, London; Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Maine; NCAD, Dublin and The Art Institute of Chicago. Recent exhibitions include the RHA Gallagher Galleries, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Temple Bar Gallery and The Living Art Museum, Reykjavík, as well as numerous group shows. His work is included in the collections of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane Gallery and Office of Public Works.
Born in 1967, Dublin, Ireland
Sara Björnsdóttir (b. 1962), who studied at the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London and at the Icelandic College of Art and Crafts, currently lives and works in London UK. In her multifaceted work, Sara mirrors our experiences of daily life by means of her self-exposing performances, photographs and videos, but she is also an attentive observer of our external environments. As she incessantly reveals herself through her art, she gives us the tacit approval to confess to ourselves our beauty as well as our failures
In her own words: “I have been a practising artist since my graduation and have taken part in various group exhibitions as well as numerous solo exhibitions. During this time I have worked with performance, video, photography and objects, using any media that seems most able to convey the idea behind each work.”