Bjarki Bragason: Synchronous
Bjarki Bragason‘s exhibition, Synchronous, investigates the collision of human and geological time scales. The research process has revolved drawing paralelles between two different trees from disprate places in the world and points in time. One of the trees present in the work is fragmented and has been buried under Breiðamerkurjökull glacier in South East Iceland for over three thousand years, while the other tree, also fragmented, stood in the Sagehen Creek forest in California‘s Sierra Nevada Mountains. In his research, Bjarki has formed dialogue with people in fields such as geology, biology and archaeology, participated in field work with specialists from the East Iceland Nature Research Center and in 2019 Bjarki was a resident at Sagehen Creek Field Station, part of the University of California, Berkeley, where the artist in residency program is run in collaboration with The Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art.
Born in Reykjavík in 1983, Bjarki studied art at the Red Cross Nordic United World College in Norway, Iceland University of the Arts, Universität der Künste Berlin and completed his graduate studies at CalArts in Los Angeles. In 2008 Bjarki recieved scholarships for grudate studies from the Guðmunda Andrésdóttir Fund awarded by the National Gallery of Iceland and the Lovelace Family award at CalArts. That same year he was awarded the Dungal Art Award. Bjarki‘s work has been represented in numerous solo- and group exhibitions internationally, and his work is in the collection of The Living Art Museum, National Gallery of Iceland, Gerðarsafn Museum, institutions and private collections in Iceland and abroad. Among solo exhibitions are the simultaneous Past Understandings at the Museum of Art History and Desire Ruin at the Museum of Natural History both in Vienna, The Sea at the Schildt Foundation in Tammisaari, Finland and Part of a part of a part at the ASÍ Museum in 2012. Bjarki has participated in group exhibitions in galleries and institutions such as the Reykjavik Art Museum, National Gallery of Iceland, Gerdarsafn Museum, Malmö Konsthall, Hverfisgallerí, Reykjavík, Human Resources in Los Angeles, Etagi Projects in St. Petersburg and St. Paul Street Gallery at the Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand.