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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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DECADE OF FASHION

Closed: 13th of November 2011, Gerðarsafn (Kópavogur)

And more about fashion.

Iceland´s fashion designers have been flourishing ever since the economy crashed in 2008. The broken economy led to lower rents on Laugarvegur, the capital´s most known shopping street, as well as our national devil (the Icelandic currency króna) sided against young designers to move abroad. Once the money disappeared, the fashion industry took on new life. Additionally, many design shops popped up in the city center, attracting both tourists and locals.

Sonja Bent

Mundi

Skaparinn

Sock by Sonja Bent

Photographs by Konsthopp

The exhibition was extensive and featured some of today´s best Icelandic fashion design. The Icelandic Fashion Council held the exhibition but the organization recently celebrated their tenth anniversary.

And the promise of Icelandic design keeps on rising…

Date: 8th of October – 13th of November 2011

Designers: Áróra, Ásta Creative Clothes, Farmers Market, Birna, Lúka Art & Design, Skaparinn, Shadow Creatures, ELM, Kurl Projekt, Eva María Árnadóttir, Eygló, Go with Jan, MUNDI, Gust, Guðmundur Jörundsson, Andersen & Lauth, Hanna Felting, Ziska, Ígló, KronKron, IBA-The Indian in Me, Jbj design, Kalda, REY, Forynja, Lykkjufall, Sonja Bent, Path of Love, Sunbird, Thelma, Spaksmannsspjarir, Eight of Hearts, Vera and Sruli Recht.

Place: Gerðarsafn, Hamraborg 4, Kópavogur

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DO NOT ENJOY ART

The day of none-art: 1st of November 2011 (Reykjavik)

THE FIFTEEN COMMANDMENTS

1. Do not go to museums, design museums or galleries that holds any art works.

2. Do not look at art works, including paintings, photographs, sculptures and installations — whether it is inside or outside.

3. Do not go to concerts.

4. Do not listen to music — either from CD´s, vinyl records, cassettes, digital music players or smart phones (ringtones included).

5. Do not play video games with graphic images.

6. Do not go to dance performances.

7. Do not read novels, poetry or any other text that might be considered literature.

8. Do not go to theaters.

9. Do not watch a film — neither in a cinema, nor in computer, television or at any other screen.

10. If any kind of artwork is displayed on television; f. ex. in the news or in some advertising — you should close your eyes or look away.

11. If you hear music on the television or in the radio — you should turn it down.

12. Do not look at buildings which are designed by architects.

13. Do not watch or walk in gardens which are designed by landscape architects.

14. Do not watch or wear clothing by fashion designers.

15. Do not do anything or enjoy anything that could be interpreted as art or have artistic value, including work of dancers, designers, actors, artists, writers and musicians.

This text is translated by Konsthopp from the Sím homepage (The association of Icelandic visual artists).

Could you live without art?

A society without art is bound to be truly poor.

Photograph by Konsthopp

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FAITHFUL COPY

Closed: 25th of September 2011, RAM gallery (Oslo)

It may sound strange but exhibitions featuring furniture design is usually a rare sight in Nordic art galleries.

Amy Hunting, the product designer behind the project “Faithful copy,” studied in the departement of furniture and room design at Danmarks Designskole. In this exhibition, she displays drawings, objects and handmade furnitures.

Gudrun Eidsvik, the manager director of RAM Gallery, kindly guided us through Amy Hunting’s exhibition. She told us the story behind the drawings hanging on the walls, were the motive was taken from a black & white photography of parents with three children, sitting on a bike. According to Eidsvik, Hunting drew about one picture every day for 50 days. In the end of the series, the spectator can sense the artist´s tiredness with each repetition — as the picture becomes more simple and basic.

Photographs by Konsthopp

Despite young age, Amy Hunting (1984) has established her own studio in London, were she currently lives and examines the disciplines of design, illustration and drawing. Hunting is also the founder and owner of “Norwegian Prototypes,” featuring modern Norwegian design and is a part of the annual “London Design Festival“. 

We are already looking forward to keep an eye on this talent in the future!

Artist: Amy Hunting

Date: 20th of August – 25th of September 2011

Place: RAM Galleri, Kongens Gate 3, Oslo

Opening hours: Tuesday – Friday, 11.00 – 17.00 ; Saturday – Sunday, 12.00 – 16.00

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VILLA CONTEMPORARY ART

On-going: 8th of July – 27th of August 2011, Pop-up store at Galleri Jonas Kleerup (Stockholm)

A few years ago I first heard about pop-up market in my hometown, Reykjavik. Shortly after, the concept of pop-up expanded with pop-up stores, pop-up galleries and pop-up restaurants. And pop-up is popular.

Villa Contemporary Art recently opened their second pop-up store, dedicated to contemporary artists. The store provides a great selection of original work, prints, publications, sculptures and other art work by artists from all around the globe. Even on a grey Monday afternoon, the pop-up store was filled with curious tourists, art lovers and ordinary citizens. No wonder — the window display alone was enough to seduce most strollers.

Photographs by Konsthopp

The atmosphere inside the pop-up store was nothing compared to a general gallery visit. The sensation was rather like being a kid at the amusement park — surrounded by exiting toys and colorful candy — and more than willing to break the piggy bank open.

We are already looking forward to the next pop-up conceptual art store!

Villa Contemporary Art

Date: 8th of July – 27th of August 2011

Artists: The Designers Republic, Lucky Thief, BAST, Christian Coinbergh, SEEN, Yoshi Sodeoka, Damien Hirst, Christian Saldert, Delta (Boris Tellegen), Faile, Thomas Ruff, Marcel Strüwer, Ola Rindal, Vivianne Sassen, Harmony Korine, David Shrigley, Kid Acne, Blu, Jeff Koons, Shepard Fairey (Obey), Chris Johanson, Exergian, Jesper Waldersten, Tauba Auerbach, Elmgreen & Dragset, Fiona Banner, Gerry Johansson, Takashi Murakami and others.

Place: Galleri Jonas Kleerup, Jakobs Torg 3, Stockholm

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“OLD BOOTS, NEW LACES”

Closing: 26th of June 2011, Pop-up gallery above VIBE Bar (London)

Are shoes one of your “guilty pleasure¨? Then you probably have one of those.

Many were literally bowled over by the return of Dr. Martens couple of years ago. For some people, a “screaming” reminder of the fashion experimentation of their teenage years, that we usually make fun of. Shortly after, when it was obvious that the shoes were in fact, very trendy, everyone stopped joking about them, bought a pair and became addicted (well we still make jokes about Buffalo´s!).

Now, even in new form, Dr. Martens were the focal point of a newly passed group exhibition at Brick Lane.  10 pairs were supplied by Doctor Martens, re-designed by the exhibition artists and sold on the behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support. Only few pair were left when Konsthopp was there.

Photographs by Konsthopp

It was a truly broad-based exhibition in general, displaying unique oils, aerosol works, ink drawings, urban glass sculpture and limited edition prints. And last but not least, a few colorful pair of the “eternal” Dr. Martens.

The conceptual artist, Ben Oakley curated the show but he also runs “The Ben Oakley Gallery” in Greenwich (London).

Date: 17th – 26th of June 2011

Agent provocateurs: Rowan Newton, Asboluv, Stuart Mcalpine Miller, Carne Griffiths, Gonny Van Hulst, Ben Oakley, Mark Perronet, GaryAlford, Theo Szarowicz, Yvonne Wayling.

Place: Pop-up gallery above the VIBE bar, 91-95 Brick Lane, London

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TALENT GALLERY

So we were strolling around SoFo the other day, checking out some exhibitions when we stumbled across a window at Kocksgatan, with this poster that really caught our attention.

When entering the shop we discovered that inside is a tiny exhibition space with some beautiful things for sale; books, posters and cards among others, produced by national and international print designers.

According to the owner, “Talent Gallery” provides graphic designers and illustrators the opportunity to both display and retail their work as well as to build and entertain a professional network. It was opened in March 2011 with the hope to bring more general attention to visual communication but also to add an emerging part to the gallery scene in Stockholm and abroad.

For further information about Gallery Talent, check out its website here.

And one last thing:

If you know about other Stockholm based galleries that we’re missing out on or have any tips or advice on exciting art events over the summer please let us know by sending us an e-mail. We are more than happy to hear about any comments!

Have a great day people/

Photographs by Konsthopp

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“I FORGET. I DO SEEM TO FORGET”

Artist talk: Yi Shen (China)

A glove by Yi Shen

Photograph by Konsthopp

People tend to be divided when it comes to art. Especially when it comes to the discussion of the concept. The meaning of the word.  — Art — Arte — Konst — Kunst — List — 藝術

Frank Zappa (1940-1993) once said; “Art is making something out of nothing and selling it”. Most artists we know today might not agree with the world famous icon.

In our “artist talk” we have had different views about the concept as well. One pointed out that; art is nature, another that; art is transformer; art is a bitch and art is important. Our latest participant surprisingly thinks that; art is useless.

Yi Shen is a talented newly graduated jewelry designer and our candidate of this week “artist talk”. Konsthopp spotted her out at the Konstfack Degree Exhibition 2011 were she exhibit an eye catching collection “Ourselves Beside Me.”

You can read the full interview with Yi Shen here.

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