Summer countryside exhibition guide – Part 1
Summer guide to art around the country. Part 1
The Icelandic Art center presents all the events around the country so you can combine road trips and culture this Summer, what could be better!
Kristinn Gunnlaugsdóttir June 14 to aug 17th
There will be an artist´s talk in Flora on Friday 4 July at. 20
Kristín Gunnlaugsdóttir in an Interview by Ásta Andrésdóttir in Atlantica Magazine 04 2011:
Further information about the work of Kristin can be found here.
The exhibition is open during hours Flora every day at. 10-18. Flora is located at Hafnarstræti 90, Akureryi.
THE CENTRE FOR VISUAL ARTS (Sjónlistamiðstöðin)
Islensk samtíðarportrett – mannlýsingar á 21. öld
The title of this exhibition, Icelandic Portraiture, includes several references appearing in the diverse range of artworks—an interesting mix and interplay of ideas on what is Icelandic, the contemporary era and what the word portrait stands for. All these ideas and often their unexpected interactions play a part in the design of the exhibition. Its main objective is to reflect on the concept of the portrait and what it can reveal. Its second objective is to show the Icelandic contemporary era through the interplay of different portraits and thereby create a mosaic, which will tell us something far beyond words. Overall, the goal is to exhibit portraits in a broad sense, showing diversity in methods, visual thinking and approaches in art creation.The exhibition runs until the 17th of August.
Georg Óskar and Margeir Dire
June 28th – August 31st
Opening 28th 3pm
Here is a link to a video showing the artists´combined painting practice.
Gísla B. Björnssonar – Five Decades of Graphic design
Gísli B. is truly one of the most dynamic graphic designers in the history of 20th century Icelandic design. After returning from his studies in Germany in 1961, Gísli founded an advertising agency and a year later also founded a special department for advertising illustration at the Icelandic College of Art and Crafts—a faculty which today is the department of graphic design at the Iceland Academy of Arts.
The surveys of Gísli’s career features among other things work from his student days, magazines, book cover design and layout. Old video footage from his advertising agency are on display, wherein the technology of the day gives insight into the role of the illustrator and copywriter. A large collection of smaller magazine publications as well as various brochures and pamphlets will help to showcase the changing zeitgeist over Gísli’s five professional decades, as well as other material which sheds light on the diversity of Gísli’s profession, one which he worked tirelessly to help foster build up to what it is today. Diligence and self-criticism have invariably been essential components in all of Gísli’s work—and indeed they are the necessary starting point for the creation of good and responsible design.The show comes from the Design Museum of Iceland and is open every day except Mon. 10-17. Curated Ármann Agnarsson. Admission is free.
The Center for Visual Arts is located at Kaupvangsstræti 12, 600 Akureyri http://www.sjonlist.is
Rót Project takes place from the 23rd of June culminating in a weekend exhibit at Populas Tremula. Organised by three young artists, Karólína Baldvinsdóttur, Jónínu Björgu Helgadóttur and Freyju Reynisdóttur, with many others involved. The project will aim to complete a new piece each day, working together beside the museum and celebrate the diversity of the people involved.
2-5pm Saturday and Sunday
SKAFTFELL CENTRE FOR THE ARTS
The exhibition presents a group of local and international visual artists who are in an active contact with Seyðisfjörður, a village with 670 inhabitants in East Iceland. Some of the artists live permanently in the town, others own houses or reside regularly in the fjord. On exhibition are new or recent works, which are made locally or refer to the place, in the Skaftfell gallery as well as various sites and venues throughout the town. Parallel is an event program that will take place over the course of the exhibition.
The title RÓ RÓ combines two important factors that provide for the thriving cultural life of the town, that has taken place not only for the last years, but also for over a hundred. Firstly, ró meaning quiet in Icelandic, acknowledges the calm and serene environment many artists seek to pursue their practice. Seyðisfjörður is a haven for a number of artists. Secondly, RÓ RÓ also refers to the act of rowing, or fishing, that is a fundamental part of the industrial activity of the town. See more here.
Sunday July 6, at 15.00
Tvísöngur festival, acoustic
Sunday August 3, at 15.00
Performances: Auxpan, Borghildur Tumadóttir, Daníel Karl Björnsson and Gunnhildur Hauksdóttir
Sunday August 3, at 16.00
The Mountain lady festival, open participation
Saturday August 23, at 15:00
Létt á bárunni performs Sexí
Guided tours on Wednesdays at 16.00, 500 ISK.
RÓ RÓ is running through October 5, 2014.
Skaftfell is open daily from 12.00 – 22.00 and admission free.
THE FACTORY AT HJALTERYI (VERKSMIÐJAN)
Phishing the Landscape
29th May – 29th June 2014.
Phishing the Landscape is a exhibition and experimental publication curated by Berlin-based artists Clémentine Roy & Catriona Shaw and featuring positions by 10 international artists.
The title of the exhibition refers to phishing, a form of digital deception, where data is collected via hacking and used for fraudulent purposes. The work in the exhibition presents positionsrelated to phishing in the context of urban and non-urban landscapes, such as the appropriation
and ‘hacking’ of man-made structures formerly intended for other uses, as well ascontemporary ‘updates’ of landscapes and their content. Perceptions of identity, history and use of these places is often altered not only by new types of use but also by the type of user:
Former places of labour become places of leisure and art, wartime remnants provide hooks for fisherman’s tackle or become playparks for children, and landscapes are reproduced and manipulated by digital means or technical terminology.
The exhibition will feature an accompanying programme with talks and contributions by local artists, as well as engagement workshops run by the artists for the local public and school groups.
Fred Bigot (FR)
Rhona Byrne (IR)
Christine de la Garenne (DE)
Franziz Denyz (B)
Þorgerður Ólafsdóttir (IS)
Anna Líndal (IS)
Clementine Roy (FR)
Sami Sänpäkkilä & Goodiepal (FI/DK)
Catriona Shaw (UK)
The Hjalteryi Scales – Rod Summers
5th – 27th of July
Rod Summers has written an Audiodrama for the Factory “The Hjalteyri Scales” – sound and text – that will be performed for the first time at 15:00 the 5th of July. He is also showing some videos and prints.
“Casting the mesh into uncharted waters can result in an unexpected catch. When Loki broadcast his sperm into Angrboða we may be religiously sure he didn’t expect to net a ravenous wolf, a writhing serpent and sheer hell. These days scientists, bolstered by the support of paper reputations, willingly inform that mobility instigated global warming has caused fish shoal disappearance but I maintain (in this work at least) that the real cause of fishy absenteeism is the result of container ship noise pollution, the European common agriculture policy and speculative chocolate. The Hjalteyri Scales is a 4 channel audio work which seeks to bring a cubist balance into the remotest corners of places of abandoned employment.” (Rod Summers 2014)
L.A. MUSEUM (LISTASAFN ARNESINGA)
May 24th – July 6th
Cyclone is an audio-visual installation treating borders, real and imaginary. It searches out the occasions, actions, and thoughts that keep us in a lock-hold and proceeds to the state in which we silently lose our capacity to imagine. From these impasses the narrative moves on to possible confrontations with others or reflections on ourselves. It leads us to the threshold of circular motions that follow the rotational direction of the earth.
Cyclone is composed by the by the Finnish curator, Mari Krappala, with works by six artists. Photographs by Katrín Elvarsdóttir from Iceland were taken in Iceland, Germany, USA and China and the other Icelandic artist, Lilja Birgisdóttir, has produced sound work and it is also shown as drawings. The Finnish photographers Eeva Hannula, Hertta Kiiski and Tiina Palmu have jointly created a video for Cyclone and the installation, Little Dramas, by the Estonian artist Marko Mäetamm is also part of Cyclone.
The exhibition was part of the Reykjavík Art Festival 2014.
POINTS OF CONTACT
July 13 – September 14th
The exhibition consists of works by seven Icelandic artists, born in the years 1948-1966. They have shown their works in Iceland and abroad as two separated artists groups as well as having operated artists-run exhibition spaces. In one of the group are the artists Anna Eyjólfsdóttir, Ragnhildur Stefánsdóttir, Þórdís Alda Sigurðardóttir and Þuríður Sigurdardóttir who were running the StartArt Gallery together with few more artists. In the other group are Birgir Snæbjörn Birgisson, Helgi Hjaltalín Eyjólfsson and Helgi Þorgils Friðjónsson. Helgi Hjaltalín was running the Gallery 20m2 for a while, Helgi Þorgils has been running the Gallery Corridor (Gallerí Gangur) at his home for three decades and Birgir Snæbjörn runs Gallery Sign (Gallerí Skilti) by his home. The subject and use of materials differs by these artists but their works reflects the boom of contemporary art. The art and aesthetic theorist, Margrét Elísabet Ólafsdóttir, has selected the work for the show.
Listasafn Árnesinga / LÁ Art Museum is located in Hveragerði, about 35 km east of Reykajvík. It is open daily from 12-6 pm during the sommermonths May – September but is closed while changing exhibitions and during the Christmas hollidays. Entrance free of charge.
EDINBORG CULTURAL CENTRE (Edinborgarhúsið)
The Assembly of the Holy
Gunnhildur Hauksdóttir & Bryndís Hrönn Ragnarsdóttir
July 5th – 28th
In the exhibition Assembly of the Holy attention is directed to the role of femininity in the ideology of the Western World. To this aim the artist duo Bryndís Hrönn Ragnarsdóttir and Gunnhildur Hauksdóttir have assembled guests to tackle the topic at hand in improvised conversations on the border of reality, poetry and fiction. The conversations are recorded visually, with audio, drawing and texts, i.e. written as manuscripts and published as bookworks in limited editions. Prior to the opening selected locals are invited to take part in a new assembly, assuming roles from contemporary time and history. The outcome of each assembly is then added to the poll of conversations about the feminine and the bestial. The work is a long-term collaboration where every installation entails addition characterized by each particular place and history.
GALLERY OUTVERT (GALLERÍ ÚTHVERFA)
Ívar Glói Gunnarsson
Logi Leó Gunnarsson
The space will serve as a studio for the artists for one week leading up to the opening. Therefore the exhibition itself will be determined by the time shared by the three artists in the studio. The exhibition and the time leading up to it will revolve around a worktable in the middle of the space. All the cards will be laid down on that table, meaning the artists´ ideas and things – which will become the content of the show opening on Friday June 27th.
27.6. – 20.7. 2014