Monthly Archives: December 2011

TOP TEN ART EVENTS OF 2011

Highlights of the year

The first year of Konsthopp has been challenging, exciting and certainly eventful. Over the last couple of months we have visit over two hundred art exhibitions in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland and U.K. These exhibitions have been in three descriptive words; wicked, weird and wild. The list below, our highlights of the passing year, includes the three w — and everything in between.

We are already turning our eyes to 2012 and looking forward to it.

Dear readers, thank you for your trusty support and happy new year!

/Írena & Ingunn

#1 Suitable Suits

(Elin Eng; Galleri KG52)

#2 Dreams of Salikon

(Lindalovisa Fernqvist; Meeting ROOM)

#3 Lord of the castle itch yes

(Leif Holmstrand; CHRYSTAL)

#4 De gamla grekiskorna

(Christian Sandell; ID:I galleri)

#5 Back and Forth

(Gatëan Rusquet; ANTI Festival)

#6 Dance Drawings

(Meghann Snow; Young Art)

#7 Devoured

(Johnny Boy Eriksson; Wetterling gallery)

#8 Pure Evil

(Pure Evil; The Scarlett Gallery)

#9 Help Young Worlds

(Ad de Jong; Gallery 1857)

#10 Again words will pass through our bodies, above our heads

(Jenny Grönvall; Studio 44)

Photographs by Konsthopp

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“EVER CHANGING TRAGICOMEDY”

Artist talk: Monika Fryčová (Czech Republic)

It´s my belief that foreigners add colour to the life of Nordic communities. Not only literally — by the meaning of the word of colour — but rather culturally. The globalization has brought to us e.g. new knowledge, customs, ideas, gourmet food and intercultural exchanges in both music and art.

A short while ago, I met Monika Fryčová at her exhibition Perpeetum Mobile at Kling & Bang. Suddenly, the globalization became very vivid — almost touchable. There we stood, two women from different nations, wearing furs from east and west, talking about art together in English — with most regard to the east-european car, which was moved from Berlin to Reykjavik, not so long ago.

Here is a part of Monika Fryčová artist statement:

Monika Fryčová works with any sort of media and techniques. She frequently deals with untranslatable experiences, trying to per/form under their own rhythms…

…She has been exploring intercultural issues and border culture, exotic minorities and experimental languages. In recent years she has been focussed on Iceland due to its intense confrontations of the elements and unique meetings.

She avoids repeating herself.  

Since we started this blog in April, we have interviewed inspirational artists from China, Mexico, Greece, Denmark, Peru, Sweden, Iceland and now — The Czech Republic.  Living permanently or temporarily in Nordic countries they all have in common to significantly stimulate our cultural communities and art experiences.

We are proud to present our latest and last artist talk of 2011.

Please welcome Monika Fryčová!

QuengKong / performance by Monika Fryčová, 2011 (Penestanan, Bali)

Photograph belong to Monika Fryčová

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DECEMBER DELIGHT

This month´s favourite: Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir (Iceland)

Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir is an Icelandic video artist, mostly known for her music videos and album covers for Seabear, Múm and Sin Fang Bous. She graduated from the Icelandic Academy of the Arts in 2006 and has taken part in several art exhibitions in Iceland, Europe, and America. The work by Ingibjörg are truly emotional, elegant and adventurous.

Photographs belong to Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir

Lately Ingibjörg has been working for Sóley, a great musician and a good friend of hers. Sóley is also a member in the indie collective; Seabear, but the band is leaded by Ingibjörg´s boyfriend; Sindri Már Sigfússon. When it comes to the Icelandic music and art industry, everybody seems to be connected — in one way or another!

For those who haven´t yet listened to Sóley´s second solo album, We sinkI encourage all of you take your time and listen to this exceptional album.

The work by Ingibjörg is our delightful eye-candy this month!

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IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME…

We wish you all happy holidays, with peace and love in your hearts.

Merry christmas! God jul! Gleðileg jól! Glædelig jul! Hyvää joulua! Feliz navidad! Veselé vánoce! 圣诞节快乐!

/Írena & Ingunn

Photograph by Konsthopp

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ARTÍMA #3

Guided tour: 9th of December 2011 at 15.00, Artíma Gallerí (Reykjavik)

I was lucky enough to enjoy the guidance of Marín Björt Valtýsdóttir, the curator of “Great Chain of Being” by Hekla Björt Helgadóttir. Hekla is one of three artists exhibiting in a brand new gallery in Reykjavik  — named Artíma. Recently, three independent exhibitions took place there, curated by three different curators. The other two artists exhibiting were; Ragnheiður Maísól Sturludóttir, who displayed video work and still frames; and Óskar Hallgrímsson photographer, who presented both photographs and prints.

Marín told me all about the ideology behind the artists works and techniques. Although I was fascinated by most of the work  — I have to admit that Óskar´s photo series stood specially out to me.

Óskar was so captivated by this old man that he has actually considered to get the man’s face tattooed on his body

The photographer told me the story behind his series, which was shot on his unusual trip to Greenland in 2006. The characterization is strong, realistic and without the standard “Inuit” stereotypes. These stories and the frames around them touched me deeply. I felt like I knew the characters, similar to the feeling when you finish reading a well written book.

In the exhibition catalogue it says;

Óskar has tattooed himself with persons from his previous work — this obsession for his metabolite become some kind of series. An artwork series, which not only appear as an object, rather as a part of the artist ego — literally. Katrín I. Jónsdóttir Hjördísardóttir, the curator of Óskar´s exhibition in Artíma Gallerí 2011 (English vers. Ingunn Eyþórsdóttir).

Óskar Halgrímsson a.k.a. Skari Hall, has already been invited to his next tour to Greenland — this time to take confirmation pictures of Greenlandic teenagers but he is a very qualified portrait photographer. You can take closer look at his photos here.

Artíma gallery is a great addition to the cultural life in the city of Reykjavík. The gallery was founded about a month ago, by few members of the Association of Art History and Theory students at the University of Iceland. This exhibition form, i.e. two to three independent exhibitions at the same time, will remain at the gallery in the nearest future.

Congratulation everyone!

P.s. For those who understand Icelandic, you can listen to an interview with Katrín I. Jónsdóttir Hjördísardóttir, one of the ringleaders of the group here — Víðsjá; 17th of November 2011.

Work from the series ” Great Chain of Being” by Hekla Björt Helgadóttir  

Prints for sale by Óskar Hallgrímsson

Still frame from the work “Untitled stills I & II” by Ragnheiður Maísól Sturludóttir

Photographs by Konsthopp

Date: 9th – 11th of December 2011

Artists: Hekla Björt Helgadóttir, Ragnheiður Maísól Sturludóttir and Óskar Hallgrímsson

Curators: Marín Björt Valtýsdóttir, Hildur Rut Halblaub and Katrín I. Jónsdóttir Hjördísardóttir

Place: Artíma Gallerí, Smiðjustígur 10, Reykjavik

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“NEVER STOP TO DARE”

Artist talk: Kristine Tillge Lund (Denmark)

“Until now it has been my masters degree in London. It started an important intellectual path that I am still exploring,” says the Danish ceramist; Kristine Tillge Lund about her most memorable moment as an artist.

Nordic ceramists are widely recognized but have unfortunately become rarities in Danish galleries lately. We were lucky enough to visit an atelier of artists and ceramists, including Kristine Tillge Lund on our impressive trip to Copenhagen last September. She kindly introduced us to Mayhem, an art community based in east Nørrebro. If you want to meet Mayhem and get closer to the Danish grass root, please check out our second workshop visit.

And to be honest I have to admit that I somehow always connect something sexy to ceramics. D0 you remember the scene in Ghost, starring Demi Moore and the departed Patrick Swayze?

Learn more about Kristine Tillge Lund and ceramic in our latest artist talk here!

An installation by Kristine Tillge Lund

Photograph by Konsthopp

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PERPEETUM MOBILE

Date: 19th of November – 18th of December 2011, Kling & Bang (Reykjavik)

I was born to be a traveler. And like most other travelers — I love to meet people who follow their traveler hearts.

Monika Frycova uses travels as an art form. To get between places she travels around on a car, which is in fact one of the weirdest car I have ever seen — an old red-coloured Trabant.

And she makes a clear difference between being a traveler and a tourist:

“A tourist follows a guide but a traveler doesn’t have any map. It´s like a training. You train yourself to go as far as possible without any limitation.” Djöflaeyjan, 29th of November 2011. You can see the whole interview in English here

An installation by Monika Fricova / Kling & Bang 2011

Monika Frycova is a Czech audiovisual artist, performer and a writer that used to study in Iceland and still spends a lot of time there. In Perpetuum Mobile, the artist exhibit photos and videos from her journeys around the world, accompanied by composition. To understand the artist statement more deeply, let´s quote to her words in the exhibition catalogue.

“In this evolution of weaving my personal stories and using improvisation as a creative tool, I haven´t followed any version or model. My investigation focuses on different items — human experiences, the most.” Monika Frycova, Perpetuum Mobile exhibition catalogue, Kling & Bang, 2011.

The historical “Trabant” can now be seen on Hverfisgata

Photographs by Konsthopp

The artist´s journey on the Trabant started in a small village in Czech Republic in 2005. The car, which looks more or less like a sculpture, hasn´t been that easy to travel around in. As a matter of fact, Monika gets arrested all the time for just driving it. Today, she and her Trabant have travelled all the way from Berlin to Iceland, where it is now placed temporarily on Hverfisgata 42, in front of Kling & Bang gallery.

Date: 19th of November – 18th of December 2011, Kling & Bang (Reykjavik)

Artist: Monika Frycova

Place: Kling & Bang, Hverfisgata 42, Reykjavik

Opening hours: Thursday – Sunday, 14.00 – 16.00

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