Speak Nearby at Soloway, New York
Ragnheiður Gestsdóttir, Theresa Himmer, and Emily Weiner
November 1–December 6, 2015
Opening reception: November 1, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Soloway is pleased to present Speak Nearby, a three-person exhibition featuring work by Ragnheiður Gestsdóttir, Theresa Himmer, and Emily Weiner. Working with distinct methods of appropriation, these artists playfully draw on established domains such as anthropology, history, physics, semiotics, and philosophy. Classical Roman sculpture meets the faux marble of contemporary domestic decor; an eccentric short story-cum-Hollywood film is revisited through an unexpected setting, language, and temporality; and the cosmic notion of a passage through space-time is introduced in a residential backyard. Through film, painting, photography, and installation, the three artists contest the insidious cycle of hollow imitation, attempting to evoke new readings as they render the familiar strange and new again.
Ragnheiður Gestsdóttir is an artist heavily influenced by her background in visual anthropology, a field that deals critically with representation and the staging of culture and identity. Through film, sculpture, and installation, she explores the human desire for uniformity and absolute truths, while seeking to expose the impossibility of a true translation between different systems, languages, times, or places. Ragnheiður has exhibited at the Reykjavík Art Museum, The Living Art Museum, and Skaftfell Art Center in Iceland, Göteborgs Konsthall in Sweden, and Franklin Street Works in Connecticut, among other venues. Ragnheiður received an MA in Visual Anthropology from Goldsmiths College in 2001 and an MFA in Fine Arts from Bard College in 2012.
In her work, which includes photography, single-channel video, and installations in public space, Theresa Himmer uses architectural tropes, pop-cultural elements, and psychoanalytical references to reflect on aspects of place, locational identity, and memory. Through project-based research, she repeatedly seeks to address the various dynamics that produce both built and non-built spaces. Theresa is a 2012 graduate of the Whitney Museum Independent Study program, New York. She received her MFA in Fine Arts from The School of Visual Arts, New York, in 2011, and her M.Arch. from Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark, in 2003. Group exhibitions include Nurture Art, Brooklyn; Young Artist’s Biennial, Bucharest; National Gallery of Iceland; and Westfälische Kunstverein in Münster, Germany. She has presented solo projects at Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland, and Art in General, New York.
Emily Weiner is a painter living and working in Brooklyn. She is interested in how symbols move between the collective unconscious and individual perception. Her works juggle icons, geometries, and motifs which have been revived, reshaped, and recoded over time. Emily has exhibited work at Regina Rex/Harbor, Sargent’s Daughters, and Kravetz Wehby in New York; The Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada; Grizzly Grizzly in Philadelphia; and Camac Centre d’Art in Marnay-sur-seine, France. Emily received her BA from Barnard College, Columbia University, in 2003 and her MFA in Fine Arts at The School of Visual Arts in 2011.
Image: Theresa Himmer, The Swimmer (film still), 2015
Exhibition text: Markús Thor Andresson