Nasasjón – group exhibition | Speyer, Germany
Ívar Valgarðsson, Ingólfur Arnarsson, Kristinn G. Harðarson, Sólveig Aðalsteinsdóttir, Ráðhildur Ingadóttir and Tumi Magnússon
Städtische Galerie Kulturhof Flachsgasse, Flachsgasse 3, Speyer, Germany
December 8, 2017 – January 14, 2018
About the artists
Ívar Valgardsson’s (b. 1954) art is quiet and contemplative, with references to minimalism and conceptualism. Working with materials typically used for home renovation, such as wall paint, tape, and filler, Ívar questions the interaction between the properties of a work of art and the properties of its setting, which often begin to overlap. In addition, his interest in the words and ideas we attach to colors leads him to explore how our experience of color in nature might differ from our experience of color in built environments.
Ingólfur Arnarsson (b. 1956) studied at the Reykjavík School of Art, the Icelandic College of Art and Crafts and the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht. Since 2000 he has been a professor at the Iceland Academy of the Arts. Drawing has always played an important role in his work; it renders thought lucid and endows it with form through means of lines and cross-hatching. Although his style has changed throughout the course of his career, features can be found in his earliest drawings that still characterize and unify his work.
Kristinn G. Harðarson
Born in 1955 in Reykjavík, he graduated from the Icelandic Collage of Art and Handicraft in 1977. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts of Haag. in etherland umtil the 1978. He had many shows both in Iceland and abroad.
She was born in 1955 in Reykjavík, and she has been studying in Reykjavík, New York and Maastrich. Her works reflect the everyday reflections of time and environment, which boarder of internal and external realities are not necessarily clear. Her drawings are often a research around architectural elements, measurements, shapes and proportions. In her photographic works, Sólveig is working with the black and white film. She might not make use of a traditional camera or lens but time and light are the very elements that do mostly control the outcome of the works. She is playing with light, which in addition gives the works painterly qualities, is not trying to ‘capture’ the optical images of physical objects but to capture the time involve.
Ráðhildur Ingadóttir was born in Reykjavík, Iceland in 1959. She studied art in England from 1980 to 86, and has been active as an artist since then. She had her first solo exhibition in The Living Art Museum in Reykjavík in1986. Ráðhildur Ingadóttir’s approach to art includes text, drawings, sculpture, wall paintings and videos and often these elements are incorporated into expansive installations. She has through the years exhibited extensively in Europe. Ráðhildur Ingadóttir was a regular visiting lecturer at the Iceland Academy of the Arts from 1992-2002. She was a member of the board of the Living Art Museum in Reykjavik from 2000 to 2002. She has also curated a number of exhibitions. Ingadóttir has been awarded artist grants and traveling grants in Iceland and Denmark. She now lives and works in Copenhagen and Seydisfjördur. She is currently an honorary artistic director of Skaftfell – Center for Visual Art in East Iceland.
Tumi Magnússon was born in Iceland in 1957. He studied art at The Icelandic College of Art and Crafts, and at AKI (Academie voor Beeldende Kunst) in the Netherlands. His first solo exhibition was in the Red House Galleryin Akureyri, Iceland, in 1981, and he has shown extensively since then. His early exhibited works included objects, photographs and 8mm films. In the early eighties, however, he began experimenting with drawing and painting. His motives were figurative and equally informed by the free painting style of the period and by conceptual art. Over the following decade he experimented with the boundaries of painting as a medium, and his work evolved into installations of paintings and murals. This in turn led to his use of the photograph as a medium for installational wall works, and to video and sound installations.