Ragna Róbertsdóttir & Ingibjörg Jónsdóttir | Western Gallery, US.
5 February 2016 – 12 May 2016
Reception Friday, 5 February, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.
The exhibition “How Space Turns” brings together six artists from three continents: Ernesto Neto (Brazil),Tomás Saraceno (Argentina), Rintaro Hara (Japan), Ryuji Nakamura (Japan), Ragna Róbertsdóttir (Iceland), and Ingibjörg Jónsdóttir (Iceland).
Emanating from different cultures, the artists’ diverse and unique installations share common approaches to space and materials. Light, open forms predominate; fiber thread is common. And most of the works extend gently into the space, inviting the viewer into their orbits. It is as if these intricately interwoven organisms interact with each other and the audience. But most importantly, the works join in a common exploration of complex natural processes. Rhythm is a key element. Sequences of three-dimensional patterns, drawn in space with thin, flexible string, create rhythmic movements. As the works’ organic forms suggest biological structures, these progressions echo cyclical phenomena and frequencies in nature. In the words of the curator, Ingibjörg Jónsdóttir,
Ragna Róbertsdóttir is known for her unique form of geological minimalism. While her works may appear quiet and austere, they are deeply involved with primordial forces and energetic patterns. By collecting and using natural materials, such as basalt, lava-stone and Manila hemp, and layering them directly on the floor, the works look as if they have grown up from the ground.
Róbertsdóttir was born in 1945 in Reykjavik, Iceland, and lives and works in Iceland and Berlin, Germany. She studied at The Icelandic College of Arts and Crafts and at Konstfack in Stockholm, Sweden. She has had solo exhibitions both at the National Gallery in Iceland and the Reykjavik Art Museum, and her works have been shown in Australia, China, US, UK, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden.
Ingibjörg Jónsdóttir is known for carefully composed sculptures and installations of fine, interwoven materials, such as silver wire, silken thread, parchment, and chips of stones. Her works often involve time, either by reflecting the slow process of making or by engaging the viewer in a timed and rhythmic transformation of light.
Jónsdóttir was born in 1959 in Reykjavik, Iceland, where she continues to live and work. She studied at The Icelandic College of Arts and Crafts, The Danish National School of Decorative Arts in Copenhagen, Denmark, and at Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Jónsdóttir’s works have been shown in one person exhibitions at the Reykjavik Art Museum and the ASI Museum in Reykjavik, as well as in exhibitions in the US, Germany, Poland, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark.