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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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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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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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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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