Monthly Archives: February 2012

SÆBORGIN: KYNJAVERUR OG ÓKINDUR

On-going: 21st of January – 29th of February 2012, Gerðarsafn (Kópavogur)

One of the most interesting exhibition I have seen this year in Iceland is now running in Gerðarsafn.

Photographs by Konsthopp

With a mixture of art and science this exhibition should attract technic nerds, animators, amateurs of prosthetics technology, reformists and of course anyone who is genuinely interested in contemporary art and science.

You can see more photos from the exhibition here!

Date: 21st of January – 29th of February 2012

Place: Gerðarsafn, Hamraborg 4, Kópavogur

Artists: Anna Hallin, Birgir Snæbjörn Birgisson, Bjarni Hinriksson, Davíð Örn Halldórsson, Erró, Finnbogi Pétursson, Gabríela Friðriksdóttir, Guðrún Vera Hjartardóttir, Helga Þórsdóttir, Hugleikur Dagsson, Inga María Brynjarsdóttir, Jóhann Ludwig Torfason, Jón Gunnar Árnason, Markmið, Olga Bergmann, Ólöf Nordal, Páll Thayer, Sara Björnsdóttir, Sigurður Örlygsson and Valgerður Guðlaugsdóttir

Curators: Helgi Hjaltalín Eyjólfsson and Úlfhildur Dagsdóttir

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VÄGGER

On-going: 28th of January – 26th of February 2012, Norræna húsið (Reykjavik)

In recent years there has been an increasing interest in a certain form of art, that is marking urban settings across the world and has even developed a specific sub-culture. In next few weeks Konsthopp is going to attract special attention to this kind of art — in other words — street art.

But what is street art? As most art forms, there is no simple definition of street art. The following definition is taken from Art Radar Asia:

It is an amorphous beast encompassing art which is found in or inspired by the urban environment. With anti-capitalist and rebellious undertones, it is a democratic form of popular public art probably best understood by seeing it in situ. It is not limited to the gallery nor easily collected or possessed by those who may turn art into a trophy. Considered by some a nuisance, for others street art is a tool for communicating views of dissent, asking difficult questions and expressing political concerns.

— Art Radar Asia, 21st of January 2012

Wall work by Gebes, Örn Tönsberg and Andrea

Art work by Ólafur Guðmundsson

Art work by Ólafur Guðmundsson

“Vägger” is a group exhibition of nine artists which links together two generations of street artists in Reykjavík along with a street artist from Denmark.

Street art exhibitions, specially in traditional exhibition space (“the white box”) have been up to this point — a quite rare sight in the Icelandic visual art scene. This is the third exhibition which Muses.is represents but the gallery was launched last year. According to the gallery the aim of the exhibition is; to reflect the development of last years and to show how street art has gone into traditional exhibition space with appropriate adjustments.

And for the brave ones, Muses.is have already started an online auction for the artworks from the exhibition. The prices are decided by the artists.

Date: 28th of January – 26th of February 2012

Artists: Andrea Helgadóttir, Björn Árnason, Gebes, Margeir Dire Sigurðarson, Orri, Ólafur Guðmundsson, Skúli Árnason, Þorsteinn Davíðsson and Örn Tönsberg

Place: Norræna húsið, Sturlugötu 5, Reykjavik

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ARTIST DISCOVERY #2

Graphic designer: Emil Ásgrímsson (Iceland)

Emil Ásgrímsson has been studying in London for three years at the renown Central St. Martins College of Art & Design. His work is an eclectic mix of collage illustration and moving image inspired by epic landscapes, geology (his father is a geologist) and science. Emil plays with both digital collage and the process of the physical handmade aspect of moving image.
Aviator by Emil Ásgrímsson
Mermaid by Emil Ásgrímsson
Adventure by Emil Ásgrímsson
Sci fi by Emil Ásgrímsson
Film noir by Emil Ásgrímsson
Super2 by Emil Ásgrímsson

Photographs belong to Emil Ásgrímsson

This upcoming artist won the River Island Illustration competition for these work. Last night he opened his first solo exhibition at The Book Club in London.

I´m already looking forward to keep an eye on this one in the future!

Artist: Emil Ásgrímsson

Place: The Book Club, 100 Leonard Street, London

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STREET LIFE

Net stroll: 16th of February 2012

London, Paris, Rome …

Writing on walls has been a part of the humanity for centuries. Wherever you go, you find street art, graffiti or what some people might consider — art crimes. Since my teenage years, I have always admire this kind of art. Street art can even make structures like bus stops, bridges and subways look more interesting.

The pictures below shows street art around the world.

Los Angeles

Athens

Berlin

London

New York

Photos are taken from Etsy.com

I´m going to end this net stroll with an old time favorite. Ladies and gentleman, let´s play Street Life!

I play the streetlife, because there’s no place I can go
Streetlife – it’s the only life I know
Streetlife – and there’s a thousand parts to play
Streetlife – until you play your life away

You let the people see, just who you wanna be
And every night you shine, just like a super star
That’s how the life is played a temptin masquerade
You dress, you walk, you talk
You’re who you think you are

Streetlife …

Streetlife …

— (Randy Crawford)

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“MOMENTS OF ART AND LIFE”

Artist talk: Erla Silfá Þorgrímsdóttir (Iceland/Norway)

Since 2010 she has been working like a “spy”, recording found conversation in public spaces.

“In my mind the changing room became the scenario of the play Waiting for Godot. The trivial dialogue suddenly revealed itself to me and appeared as important. In that second it felt like the dialogue could tell me more about my own existence than the words of the greatest philosophers. Not necessarily by what was spoken, but the feeling it gave me of everyday life. The importance of the so-called trivial, while we are waiting to get some answers on our own existence”

“I can’t hear my eyes” by Erla Silfá Þorgrímsdóttir

Erla Silfá Þorgrímsdóttir got the first idea for her project “I can’t hear my eyes” as she was caught up between other’s people conversation in the changing room at her gym. Since then she has been paying attention to the subjective and the small voices around her in everyday life as she is interested in those voices that are usually not heard and not considered of big importance.

Erla Silfá might not be a much of a talker, but she is definitely a “hell of a listener!” Be sure not to miss out on her final exhibition — and the truth about our public conversations – at Konstfack in May this year.

Read our latest artist talk with Erla Silfá Þorgrímsdóttir here.

Photograph belong to Erla Silfá Þorgrímsdóttir

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STOCKHOLM IS BUZZING WITH ROA

So I got a little urban ‘scoop’ for you guys.

There is a rumour going on that we have ROA — an international urban artist — coming in to town. Well, he is actually already here and will be producing a show (with The Scarlett Gallery), putting up installation and art in secret locations around Stockholm. Those who don’t know who ROA is should not worry, cause his work speaks for itself (see here). He was recently voted top artist 2011 on the Banksy Forum in London and has been traveling all around the world, where his most recent shows include Gambia and Australia (see ROA around the world here).

The public event will take place the 17th of February (don’t forget to RSVP) but ROA has already put his mark on Stockholm. And I’m posting a ‘leaked’ photo from the Stockholm’s archipelago as a proof!

Photograph in courtesy of The Scarlett Gallery

For some people this might not be big news, but for us in ‘Zero Tolerance’ Stockholm — where it’s nowhere to legally paint — this is a real treat!

As this is all a big secret, be sure you drop The Scarlett Gallery a mail with your name to let them know about your coming (they’ll release the location later in the week).

And trust me. If you are at all interested in arts, you DO NOT want to miss this show. I’m pretty sure it will be spectacular — a once in a life time experience.

I’m so excited!

xx Írena

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“BAKOM RUBRIKERNA”

On-going: 21st of January – 19th of February 2012, Galleri Kontrast (Stockholm)

Each morning I read through the headlines of the newspaper. Some articles interest me and are worth my attention, others not.  Most people have the same experience, we quickly riffle through the newspaper, read short articles and notes but most of the time it’s already a lost memory. Easy to forget.

“Bakom rubrikerna” (“Behind the headlines”) is a final project of seventeen photostudents at the Nordens Fotoskola. Seventeen stories are told and inspired by equally many newsarticles that the studenst have picked out themselves. Through their photographs, they tell us things that we wouldn’t be able to find otherwise in our newspaper. It is interesting to see what they’ve found and how they were inspired to explore people’s stories in order to show what has been hiding behind the headlines.

“Aina & Tage” / Photoseries by Rebecka Uhlin

“Kängorna på marken” / Photoseries by Angelica Sander

“Mellanåringar” / Photoseries by Evelina Carborn

“Alldeles ny” / Photoseries by Anna Surma

“Jag vill inte att du blir ensam” / Film by Robin Haldert

Photographs taken by Konsthopp

The real “Stockholmare” ; mothers with their newborn babies; swedish cheerleaders ; senior home; teenage spirits ; five decades of marriage ; ex-relationships ; friendships ;  soldiers in Afghanistan; asylum seekers …

The photographs are beautiful but it’s the stories behind each series that really brings them to life. Stories of people — relationships — destinies. Stories that are complicated and show a whole rainbow of emotions (see all the photographs here).

It’s really impressive how intimate and personal some of the projects are. It can’t be easy to let go of your own ego and gain that trust, which is needed to be able tell another person’s story — or in some cases — to tell your own story.

The students are brave and should be proud of their work — each headline was worth to be explored and different stories to be told. There is a soul and a heart in it.

And that is what I call art!

Date: 21st of January – 19th of February 2012

Artists: Andreas Nilsson, Angelica Zander, Anna Ekros, Anna Surma, Evelina Carborn, Gustav Hugosson, Karl Henrik Edlund, Katja Annola, Kenny Bengtsson, Lisa Irvall, Ola Håkansson, Rebecka Uhlin, Robin Haldert, Samuel Unéus, Sara Johari, Sebastian Waldenby, Viktor Johansson

Place: Galleri Kontrast, Hornsgatan 8, Stockholm

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