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Ellipse

28 May13 November

Colouring books for children are a strange thing. What are they for? They do not develop the children’s creative thinking: they are told not to colour outside the lines and their only avenue of expression in thought the choice of colours. Perhaps the pedagogical value is only that: To teach the child to follow the rules and accept the fact that they will only control the least important aspects of their lives. This colouring book, by Gabríela Friðriksdóttir and Björn Roth, seems to follow this formula. This book, however, is part of an art exhibition in an art museum and the original drawings are framed on the walls, presented to visitors in much the way children run to mother to show her how neatly they coloured in the page in their book. Everything here is like a fairy tale and our imagination is set free. Installations and video works draw us deeper into this mysterious world where anything can happen and anything can become art.

Curator: Jón Proppé

Venue

Reykjanes Art Museum
Duusgata 2-8
Reykjanesbær, 230 Iceland
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