Monthly Archives: October 2011

“NOW IS THE TIME TO FEEL WHAT WE ARE MADE OF”

Artist talk: Rodrigo Rivaz Ruiz (Mexico)

The photographer Rodrigo Rivas Ruiz, first came to Sweden as a residence artist. He is still adapting to the cold and dark winters of the North, which he thinks is hard on him coming from such a warm and colorful country of the South. However, when asked about the Swedish people he answers quickly that he finds them both honest and nice. We first came in contact with Rodrigo as he was looking for tips of exhibition places in the city and we got interested in knowing more about the artist and his work.

Traveling all the way from Mexico City to Stockholm, this is what he says about the current center of the artistic world:

I believe that you can find very interesting art expressions all around the globe, it all depends what you are into.

Read our latest artist talk with Rodrigo Rivas Ruiz here!

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YFIRSÝN

Closed: 23rd of October 2011, Hafnarborg (Hafnarfjörður)

Emotional landscapes.

Words don´t come easy when you feel spiritually exalted by mother´s nature beauty.

Photographs by Konsthopp

Sigurgeir Sigurjónsson has long been renowned for his landscape photography. In his latest exhibition “Yfirsýn” or “Earthward”, he made aerial photographs of the dramatic Icelandic nature. The photos are now available in a same-titled book; Yfirsýn but Sigurgeir has published numerous photographic art books in the past. Examples includes; Lost in Iceland from 2002 and Icelanders with Unnur Jökulsdóttir from 2004.

I´m going to end these words with a lyric from one of my favorite Björk´s song, Joga.

Emotional landscapes,
They puzzle me,
Then the riddle gets solved,
And you push me up to this

State of emergency,
How beautiful to be,
State of emergency,
Is where I want to be.

— Björk Guðmundsdóttir

Artist: Sigurgeir Sigurjónsson

Date: 29th of September – 23rd of October 2011

Place: Hafnarborg, Strandgata 34, Hafnarfjörður, Iceland

Opening hours: Monday – Sunday, 12.00 – 17.00 ; Thursday, 12.00 – 21.00. Closed on Tuesdays.

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ANALOGIES CAN MAKE ONE FEEL AT HOME

Video installation: 30th of September 2011, ANTI Festival (Kuopio)

I have always loved the idea of showing art in public spaces. It is surely critical but invites involvement of a different kind, often in a very unexpected way — or in unexpected places.

“Three stories from Kuopio: change, life and time” by Elaine Kordys

Photographs by Konsthopp

Art in public spaces should be more appreciated by the people!

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DARK TIME

Finissage: 23rd of October 2011, Id:i galleri (Stockholm)

The blink of an eye.

Time that is so short that you don’t even count it as real. Still you blink your eyes ca. 14000 times per day, were each blink counts 1/5 of a second. This means that around 46 minutes of your day pass by without you even noticing it.

This time — the eternal blink of an eye — is the idea behind Christer Chytraéus latest exhibition, Dark Time.

Literally.

By building a camera with censors connected to his eyelid and hiding it inside his hat, the artist has created a work that represents the time we never see — the moments that are already lost. And the camera ..is taken back to it its phenomenological origin — to capture these moments.

Dark Time (Video)

Dark Time (Video)

Dark Time (Stills)

Photographs by Konsthopp

Again it’s the complex comprehension of time that kindle my interest. Approaching unconscious moments that still counts at least 46 minutes each day. Moments that we are part of but which we will never really see…

This is the last weekend to see the ongoing exhibition at Id:i gallery and on Sunday you can enjoy warm drinks in the appearance of Christer Chytraéus. An artist who took a piece of skin from his backside body, cultivated it in a laboratory in Linköping and exhibited (as a final exam at Konstfack) a self-portrait made from the results. Remarkable!

Artist: Christer Chytraéus

Date: 7th of October – 23rd of October 2011

Place: Id:i galleri, Tjärhovsgatan 19, Stockholm

Opening hours: Wednesday – Friday, 12.00 – 18.00 ; Saturday – Sunday, 12.00 – 16.00

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TIME REMAPPING

Vernissage: 6th of October 2011, Galleri Anna Thulin (Stockholm)

Time is a complex concept. When having fun it passes too fast, when being bored it goes too slow. Sometimes I have to much of it but mostly I’m in a serious lack of it. I try to catch up with time but it keeps on running away. Often — simply thinking about it — time just gives me ångest. Without any regards, the clock keeps on ticking.

The Clock

In spite of it’s complexity, Time Remapping remained my impression after another big vernissage night in Stockholm. As the title might indicate, time is the theme of Tina Nykvist first solo exhibition at Galleri Anna Thulin. In this exhibition, the artist display three separated pieces and plays with matter of “the already recorded real-time”. Each piece represents a video concerning questions of the special properties of the video as medium and time as past, future and now.

The Spectator

Tina Nykvist says this about her exhibition:

The memory of the past and the notion of the future are essential to get the world to make sense. To look at and interpret a film is about identifying the conditions and to put oneself in a relation to an event. Our expectations for the future are based on our memories of the past. We create the future of our past.

Or like one of the first video artists, Nam Jun Paik, expressed it:

“The Future is Now”

The Viewer

Artist: Tina Nykvist

Date: 6th of October – 12th of November 2011

Place: Galleri Anna Thulin, Gävlegatan 10b, Stockholm

Opening hours: Wednesday – Friday, 12.00 – 18.00 ; Saturday, 12.00 – 16.00

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BACK AND FORTH

Performance: 30th of September 2011 at 14.00

ANTI Festival (Kuopio)

Youngsters, seniors, tons of ballons, naked man; a penis.

This was basically the scenario that laid before us when we walked into the College of Social and Health Care in Kuopio, where an unforgettable performance was about to take place.


Photographs by Konsthopp

It was quite obvious that Gatëan Rusquet is a professional perfromance artist — a kind of a person that would sacrifice almost anything in the name of art. And after a little less than one hour of binding, twisting, rubbing and squeezing, you could easily witness the physical tiredness of the artist.

It’s clearly a “knockout” to be an artist in action!

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REMAKE, REBUILD AND RENEW

ANTI-Contemporary art festival:

29th of September – 2nd of October 2011 (Kuopio)

Finland was the last destination on our first alternative art tour around Scandinavia. Instead of inhaling the capital, we went straight to Kuopio – a smaller city on the east coast, where the 10th anniversary of ANTI- festival was celebrated. The theme of this year’s festival was; REMAKE, REBUILD and RENEW.

“The city center of Kuopio is undertaking a great reconstruction”

Since this was my very first time in Finland, I’d been wondering about the country and its people. Who were these Finns and what were they like?

It´s hard to infer about a nation after only staying there for couple of days. But at least I got some hints about the Finnish social behavior;

The standard greeting for Finnish people is a handshake. Hugs and kisses, even on the cheek, are only exchanged between family members and close friends. And the Finnish language. Unfortunately, it lacks a specific word for “please”, so Finns sometimes forget to use it when speaking English, even when they don’t mean to be rude.

And why do I think this is interesting? Simply, because it sounds like Iceland; my country and its people.

“The typical Finn eats a lot of potatoes (and so does the Icelandic’s)”

Over a crisp cool weekend, we got the opportunity to meet some of the world’s best performance artists, party with locals and learn couple of words in the weirdest language on earth.

If you want to see some more photos from Kuopio click here!

Kiitos paljon

“This does not need any further explanation”

Photographs by Konsthopp

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