Monthly Archives: July 2011

HRINGUR

Closing: 16th – 30th of June 2011, Nútímalist Galería (Reykjavik)

Solveig Pálsdóttir utilizes silk-prints and drawings in her latest solo exhibition HRINGUR to create pieces made from different substrata of gathered material. The theme of the exhibition is on the human being and its relationship with the nature inside and around oneself.

Photographs by Konsthopp

The distinct material as well as the catchy titles of each piece —with the concept shining through— made the whole exhibition both attractive and charming. Solveig Pálsdóttir graduated from The Icelandic Academy of Art in 2009 and is the co-founder of Gallery Crymo, a favored artist-runned gallery in Reykjavík. HRINGUR is Solveig’s third solo exhibition.

To see more photographs from our visit in Reykjavík, click here!

Artist: Solveig Pálsdóttir

Place: Nútímalist Galería, Skólavörðustíg 3a, Reykjavik

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THE ACT OF MAKING AS AN ACT OF MAKING

Closing: 9th – 19th of June 2011, RAM (Oslo)

Konsthopp was art strolling in Oslo last month and as you know we do like young and dedicated artists. We were thereby delighted when we came across RAM, a gallery that partners with the Art Academy in Oslo and exhibits independent exhibitions by its students. At that time an exhibition called The Act of Making as an Act of Making was taken place, with work by the emerging artists Ann Iren Buan and Jane Kruse. According to the gallery’s homepage these two artists were chosen as they “in many ways represent the artistic sisterhood”.

Photographs by Konsthopp

Our minds and hearts are with the Norwegian nation these days and the tragic death of so many young, dedicated human beings.

Tomorrow at noon we encourage our readers do have a one minute of silence for all the victims in Norway – with a hope for a more amicability in the world.

May they rest in peace.

Date: 9th – 19th of June 2011

Artists: Ann Iren Buan and Jane Kruse.

Place: RAM gallery, Kongens gate 3, Oslo

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“BASIC INSTINCT — WITHOUT SHARON STONE”

Artist talk: Rakel McMahon (Iceland)

Rakel McMahon is an energetic and emerging artist, working and living in Reykjavík. We reached her at the crowded opening night of Gallerí Klósett but Rakel is one of two founders of the newborn gallery. In recent years she has been active and noticeable in the Icelandic visual art scene by both organizing and participating in various events.

According to her artist statement, titles plays a significant role in both her work and creative process.

My creative process when drawing is equivalent to the relationship between title and central theme. The first image, which equates to a title, is very important. It sets the tone and is a guiding light for the other images …

And speaking about titles, let´s take a look at few titles from her previous work.

“Mother drunk”  “Feed me”  “Nudes for dudes”

“Maybe she´s born with it maybe it´s maybelline”

Screeching brilliance! Konsthopp love these ironic titles; how they satisfy our sense of humour and our passion for funny word games. Keep up the great work!

Learn more and get inspired by this dynamic artist in our latest “artist talk” here!

“Feed me” by Rakel McMahon – A serie of paintings from 2009

Photograph by Konsthopp

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GARDEN & WC

Vernissage: 8th of July 2011, Gallerí Klósett (Reykjavík)

Have you ever been on an art opening were all you want to do is to skip the mingling, keep quite and enjoy the artwork privately? Or have you rather let the mingling get in the way of ever actually seeing the artwork?

Gallerí Klósett (Gallery Toilet) is an artist-run exhibition space, located in an atelier on Hverfisgata 61 in Reykjavík. Being more specific – in a tiny room inside the atelier that is normally used as the facilities. The only official opening hour is on opening nights and one of the main idea behind the gallery is to find the “balance” on these nights between art and socializing.

 The aim is to let the visitors enjoy their nights with the traditional mingling and networking but also giving them the possibility to reflect on the artwork in private, ruminate behind closed doors and of course, do the things you normally do on the toilet.

The gallery was opened last Friday, displaying work by the local artist Páll Haukur Björnsson. The exhibition, called Garður (Garden)was created on the artist’s travel around Iceland, perceiving people’s notion and ideas of nature and territory.

To love the country and then to love the country – what is the country?    – Páll Haukur

The artwork touches upon money and power, consumption, questioning the nature and the reality of the nature, showcasing maps, videos and “babbling” money. But if the money could talk, what would it say?

That “… recycling is very important too!”?

Or that “to apply human quality to a system that is in itself meaningless is but one of our many failures to comprehend our natural reality”?

Photographs by Konsthopp

Money talking or not, the opening night at Gallerí Klósett was vivid and the atelier full of people. Even though no-one had the urge to close the gallery’s door this time, visitors were enjoying both the artwork and each other. The exhibition space is a great addition to the visual art-scene in Reykjavík that seems to be vibrant and lively at the moment. Its existence also gives people the opportunity to be a part of an artwork, loose themselves in thought and proofs once again that with or without fancy white spaces, art belongs anywhere.

Date: 8th of July 2011

Artist: Páll Haukur Björnsson

Place: Gallerí Klósett

Opening hours: Opening nights. Or when bursting to pee.

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MONUMENT

On-going: 16th of June – 31st of July 2011, SOFT galleri (Oslo)

Couple of weeks ago I was rambling around the streets of Oslo. The rain was poring down and I wasn’t really in the mood for anything. All of a sudden I heard some lusty bird-sounds around me and for a moment it felt like I was back on that Amazon trip I did some years ago. I looked on all sides and in a window on my left I was fronted by a big “mountain-shaped” pile of second hand clothing.

“Monument” by Sidsel Palmstrøm

Photograph by Konsthopp

My interest and curiosity was roused and guided me further into a tiny-little gallery were I could take a better look at the “monument”. I stood there for a moment reflecting on the piece and as a general admirer of vintage clothing it really attracted me; it’s simplicity, the funky smell textile and the untold story behind each clothing. At the same time I wondered how or if it had something to do with the bird-sounds I’d heard outside. After a short but a nice chat with the gallerist I found out that the sounds were part of the installation and a way to grab people’s attention to the window, in a surprising but nice way.

And it worked, at least on me!

The gallery is closed in July but the exhibition can still be “heard” and viewed from outside the exhibition room.

Date: 16th of June – 31st of July 2011

Artist: Sidsel Palmstrøm

Place: SOFT galleri, Rådhusgaten 20, Oslo

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“IN STAGES”

Closing: 1st of July 2011, Wetterling Gallery (Stockholm)

In my third attempt looking for the well-hidden Wetterling Gallery, it suddenly appeared “out of nowhere” on a small corner at Kungträdgården (I have to admit, I can be quite retarded when it comes to directions!). My former fetish for dummies drew me specially to the gallery, where a must-see exhibition by Allen Jones, “In stages”, was recently launched.

But who is the man that legendarily turned down a request of designing the set for the classical film A Clockwork Orange by Stanley Kubrick? The man who was the first to portray the liberated and swingingly provocative women of the 60´s? The man who was among the first to see the Beatles film, Magical Mystery Tour, while partying with Paul McCartney in London?

That´s Allen Jones. A major protagonist of British Pop Art, best known for his erotic sculptures. Jones belongs to generation of visual artists who used a popular philosophical term, as a part of their working methodology. Other icons using the same method includes for example Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann and James Rosenquist.

With his exhibition “Chair”, “Table” and “Hat Stand” in 1969, Jones made the most famous forniphiliac (human furniture) artwork around. Some scholars even claim that the memorable sculptures overshadowed the rest of Jones’ career and work as an artist.


Photographs by Konsthopp

Olle Granath, a Swedish writer and critic has stated that with his paintings, Jones tells us that “the show must go on.” Allen Jones is now over 70 years old and has produced an enormous amount of work, both painted and sculpted. He currently lives and works in London.

 In his latest exhibition “In Stages”,  Allen Jones has once and again proofed that “the show certainly goes on”.

Date: 31st of May – 1st of June 2011

Artist: Allen Jones

Place: Wetterling Gallery, Kungsträdgården 3, Stockholm

Opening hours: Tuesday – Friday, 11.00 – 17.30 ; Saturday, 13.00 – 16.00

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THE PROVOCATION

Exhibition: 24th – 28th of June 2011, vz gallery (London)

On the hottest day so far this summer in London (over 30 degree) I was wondering around the east side of London, known to some as Banglatown or widely more recognised Brick Lane. Desperately seeking for affordable sandals, interesting galleries and less crowded places, I ran across an eye-catching exhibition.

Photographs by Konsthopp

These work are by the St. Petersburg born artist, Dmitry Oskin. Oskin is a former stylist and his background within the “body obsessed” fashion industry, clearly affects his stunning approach to photography. Since he moved to London, 2009 Oskin has mainly focused on fashion photography. Influences for this ensemble include the world of high fashion, the media’s addiction to the perfect human form, and the effects of religion, sex, money and politics. With his first solo exhibition, “The provocation” may be Oskin´s entrance into the world of art.

And after hours of walking, many prays to God for less heat, more money and world peace, I found the perfect pair of comfortable leather sandals.

I just can´t get enough of Brick Lane!

Date: 24th – 28th of June 2011

Artist: Dmitry Oskin

Place: vz gallery, Cheshire street 28, London

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