Ýmir Grönvold | Helsinki, Finland
Liam Colgan, Patricia Carolina, Juliane Foronda, Mark Furkel, Ýmir Grönvold
Maybe it’s the weather
Kosminen, Eerikinkatu 15, Helsinki, Finland
November 22nd – December 8th, 2018
Opening on November 22nd at 18:00
‘Maybe it’s the weather’ is a line from the song ‘Mama, you been on my mind’ originally by Bob Dylan. The line reminds you that there are other reasons for feeling, and these can be external from people and experiences. It’s an excuse but also an explanation that everything is connected and certain circumstances can exacerbate emotional responses to situations. The song indulges continued care but also makes light of the situation in an active way that moves forward rather than wallowing in melancholy and keeping things on your mind.
This exhibition brings together the works of Liam Colgan (AU), Patricia Carolina (MEX), Juliane Foronda (PHL/CAN), Mark Furkel (CAN), Ýmir Grönvold (IS). The moments presented in the exhibition perseverate: repeat and prolong actions, thoughts, or utterances after the stimulus that prompted them have ceased. It’s about being in the world and how we perceive our experiences and the ways in which we can endeavour to [forge] connect[ions] and make things better through simple process and gestures. Because maybe it’s ok, maybe it’s the weather – nobody cares forever.
This is (maybe) the final step of this project. Beginning with the exhibition Maybe it’s the weather at Cool Change Contemporary in Perth, Australia in October, continuing as a book of the same title which launched con-currently in three cities on the 10th of November: Cool Change, Good Press in Glasgow Scotland and OPEN in Reykjavik, Iceland with readings and presentation of new works. The show in Perth is the winter, the book is the coming of change, the moment of connection and this exhibition is the spring – a spring that allows itself to move into summer (despite it being winter).
There will be a reading event on Saturday for the publication Maybe it’s the weather. The book features the works of Ana Victoria Bruno (Argentinian Italian, based Iceland), Shannon Calcott (Australia), Liam Colgan (Australia) Sophie Durand (Australian, based Iceland) Ýmir Grönvold (Iceland) Juliane Foronda (Canada), Mark Ferkul (Canada), Bronte Jones (Australian based in Scotland), Natasha Lall (UK), Patricia Carolina (Mexico, based Iceland), Holly White (UK) and Lieselotte Vloeberghs (Belgium) as a small curated conversation.
The book will be available at Kosminen throughout the exhibition run, it can be pre-ordered here: https://maybeitstheweather.bigcartel.com/product/maybe-is-the-weather
Ana Victoria Bruno is an Argentinian – Italian arts writer based in Reykjavik, Iceland. She writes regularly for the Icelandic online magazine Artzine.
Sophie Durand’s practice extends from the intersection of sculpture and performance art and draws from anecdotal histories and archives for subject matter. Sophie is from Perth, Australia, currently based in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Brontë Jones, is an Australian artist based in Glasgow, Scotland. Their practice explores intimate and precarious relationships and the connection to personal technology and homewares.
About the artists
Liam Colgan (b. 1993) is a multi-disciplinary artist and curator based in Perth who broadly investigates the fields of sexuality and queer theory in relation to art practice. Their investigations are predominantly take the form of performance and installation. Through these media, Colgan considers how art making might allow individuals to challenge social power structures and navigate the complexities of identity.
Patricia Carolina (Durango, Mexico; 1993) studied BA in visual arts in the National School of Painting, Sculpture and Engraving “La Esmeralda” in Mexico City from 2014-2017. Currently, Patricia is in the final year of the Fine Arts program at Listaháskóli Íslands (Iceland Academy of Arts). Patricia lives and works in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Juliane Foronda is a Filipina-Canadian artist and organizer, originally from Toronto and currently based in Reykjavík. She works predominantly in sculpture, object, intervention and text. Juliane has exhibited in Canada, the USA, Greece, Mexico, Iceland and Norway and Scotland. She graduated with a BA Honours in Studio Art from the University of Guelph, Canada in 2013 and has recently graduated from the MA in Fine Arts programme at the Iceland University of the Arts.
Mark Ferkul is a Canadian artist working with mail and other correspondence as a means to explore interpersonal relationship through dialogue, text and appropriation.
Ýmir Grönvold is born in Iceland in 1994 and lives and works in Reykjavík. He graduated from the Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2017.