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Eva Ísleifs: Earth is my bed

12 August24 September

“I tend to see shapes and faces in the clouds and believe that they are messages. Researchers call it Pareidolia and they say it’s a false perception of seeing a non-existent face or pattern in everyday objects. I say it can be what it is and for humans it’s a tool in understanding the world. I put faces to objects, they become characters and we all live together. Dear Dalí would agree. Do you? I mean do you! Do do do you….”
The exhibition THE EARTH IS MY BED presents new work by the visual artist Eva Ísleifs. Scattered objects of super~imposed simplicity, signs helping humor out, and the dialog that opens up a whole heap of mess that we comfortably sit in. In THE EARTH IS MY BED Eva presents a series of works which explore the paradigmatic warning signs of our current environment. If the times we live in were instead to be understood as a location and each of us its inhabitants, these works could offer a helpful guide of how we are to proceed through such a place. Join us for the opening on the 12th of August at Kling&Bang gallery for a visual rocket fuel of magic and fantasy. The work of Eva often reflects the exhausted human, how the man perceives himself, the everyday and the social discourse. Ghosts of a bastard craft are lingering in the work, but as a way of replication and distortion within a historical context. She often plays with humor where hope and hopelessness play against each other and what is left are questions on how valuables and values are perceived and created. In her sculptural work she works with the notion of the replica, fact or fictional environment where she constructs performances, live or within the setting itself.
Accompanying the exhibition is an essay by James Greenway “Our aim is wakefulness, Our enemy is dreamless sleep: Individual agency in times of despair.” James Greenway (b. 1985, Ireland) is an artist and writer based in London.
Eva Isleifs, born in 1982, divides her time between Athens, Greece, and Reykjavik, Iceland. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts from the Art Academy of Iceland in 2008 and a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Edinburgh Institute of Art in 2010. She has participated in international exhibitions and initiatives as well as workshops and co-curated exhibitions. Recent exhibits include the solo show HIC SVNT DRACONES in the Galleri Kverk. Iceland 2022. Listval, Reykjavik’s Dialectic Bubble Iceland 2022. Morning Briefing in Harbinger with Kevin Harman. Iceland 2021. Idavöllur, a group exhibition at the Reykjavik Art Museum 2021. Iceland. LIPIU, 2020, a group show in A-DASH, a collaboration with Rakel McMahon. Greece’s Athens. 2020 outdoor exhibition in Glasgow, Scotland called Safari of Sorts. Dialectic Bubble, a 2019 collaborative project It´s the media not you! í LTD Ink Corporation in Edinburgh, Scotland. Looking for Proxies solo show in Gallery Port, Reykjavik 2019, Real time by all solo show in MEME in Athens, Greece 2019, Top Model, 2018, group show in Govan Project Space in Glasgow. And then what? in The Living Art Museum 2019 and The Wheel 2018 outdoor exhibition by the Sculpture Association of Reykjavik, part of the Art Festival in Reykjavik. Eva works on numerous exhibition project in collaboration with others, she co-founded the project Staðir / Places Biennale in the West of Iceland with Þ. Olafsdottur and Becky Forsythe, curating HEAD to HEAD 2021 an bilateral project between Iceland and Greece in collaboration with Kling and Bang. TIME TAKES TIME 2019 – 2020 with Noemi Niederhauser and Andreas Brunner. It’s the media not you ! 2013 – 2020 collaboration with Rakel McMahon and Katrin I.J.H and curated the Beyond Human Impulses in Athens and Reykjavik 2018. She currently runs A – DASH in Athens, Greece which curates short and long term projects as well as hosting international artists with Zoe Hatzyiannaki artist and Christina Petkopoulou curator.


12 August
24 September
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Kling & Bang
The Marshall House, Grandagarður 20
Reykjavík, 101 Iceland
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