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NÁND / CLOSE

Vernissage: 5th of May 2012, Hlaðan (Vogar)

Sisters share the scent and smells — the feel of a common childhood 

Hildur the sisters union opened the exhibition “Close” recently at Hladan. The title refers to the sisters’ relationship and the relationship between the viewer and the artists but the artists; Gunnhildur and Brynhildur are sisters by blood.

Their close relationship reflected in every corner of the exhibition. The atmosphere was therefore very intimate and homelike. Guests could participate and interact by touching, smelling and talking.

Photographs by Konsthopp

The exhibition is inspired by the sister´s surreal ideas where adventures can take place. Mannequins become furniture, fury kitchen utensils contain poems and clothes become art.

Our readers should know Gunnhildur Thordardottir from her previous exhibition “Losun / Emission.” Her sister; Brynhildur Thordardottir designs unique wool clothes and other items under the name; Lúka Art and Design.

I´m going to end this entry with this poet from the exhibition:

The sisters

They both laughed resounding and uncontained laugher

Which echoes in memories

They had mysterious smiles and sometimes sad, big eyes

Their friends believed they look liked big birds

They loved their family above all

They were one man´s wives

Traveling in the blue sky

They wanted to go untrodden paths

They loved the arts and are still laughing

Date: 5th – 28th of May 2012

Artists: Gunnhildur Thordardottir and Brynhildur Thordardottir

Place: Menningarverkefnið Hlaðan, Egilsgata 8, Vogar

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KONSTFACK SPRING EXHIBITION ’12

Vernissage: 16th of May 2012, Konstfack (Stockholm)

A glimpse in photographs from the opening of the spring exhibition at Konstfack last Wednesday. The exhibition is open until Sunday 27th of May. Stay tuned for more photographs and interviews!

 Live show & performance by Dyke Hard

“The ceremony” by Tobias Larsson

“I wasn’t allowed to wear black” by Liv Pettersson

“Lugnt, Stillsamt, Vackert” by Julia Dalgren

“PATTERN ATTACK” by Lisa Dalenius

“Smara” by Emma Persson

“Girls Club” by Karin Kakan Hermansson

“Happy meal” by Supawan Sihapoompichit

Work by Ida Bentinger

“Extensions, retractions, and missing parts” by Bianca Niabuco

“Ramené” by Emilie Florin

Work by Yusi-Chen

Work by Jonna Fransson

Photographs by Konsthopp

You can check out Konstfack´s 2011 exhibition here and here!

Artists: Newly graduates with Bachelor and Master degrees from Konstfack

Date: 16th – 27th of May 2012

Place: Konstfack, Telefonplan, Stockholm

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IMAGINATION WITHOUT BORDERS

Closed: 21st of April – 6th of May 2012, Hafnarhúsið (Reykjavik)

Students from the departments of Fine Arts, Design and Architecture at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, exhibited their graduate projects at Reykjavík Art Museum – Hafnarhús, earlier this month. The exhibition is usually impressive and this year was no exception.

Let the pictures speak for themselves.

Photographs by Konsthopp

Washing machine, washing the Icelandic flag ; super-sized swing ; cloud machine ; gramophone (Jónófón) in new costume — the imagination was prevailing at every turn at Hafnarhúsið and wholly without any borders.

Cheers everyone!

Date: 21st of April – 6th of April 2012

Artists: Graduation students from Fine Arts, Design and Architecture Department

Place: Hafnarhúsið, Tryggvagötu 27, Reykjavik

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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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PICTURES FROM SAVAGE BEAUTY

Vernissage: 18th of November 2011, GunGallery (Stockholm)

The Norwegian photographer, Sølve Sundsbø, is definitely one of the pioneers of heavily manipulated fashion photography. Today — he is even regarded as a fashion institution by some people.

Sundsbø´s career started when he moved to London in 1995 — where he served Nick Knight for the next four years. His mentor was a hard teacher but the hardness paid off and Sundsbø entered the fashion world, stooped by experience and got important clients such as Tom Ford, YSL, Gucci, Dior and Armani.

In Pictures from Savage beauty, Sundsbø elevates one of the most adored fashion icon of our time — Alexander McQueen. Originally, he produced the 144 pictures for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York as they were showcased in an exhibition dedicated to McQueen shortly after his suicide.

The pictures are build upon Sundsbø´s idea of photographing some of McQueen´s favorite models, covered with white body painting. In the post-production, he removed some typical body parts, making the models look like dolls or mannequins but retained their original movements and poses. The retrospective exhibition became one of the most attended show at the Metropolitan last year.

Photographs by Konsthopp

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Date: 18th of November – 18th of December 2011

Photographer: Sølve Sundsbø

Place: GunGallery, Runebergsgatan 3, Stockholm

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“SUITABLE SUITS”

Closing: 20th of November 2011, Galleri KG52 (Stockholm)

The suit. To suit something. It actually has it origins with the word of sequi. A Latin word for to follow. 

How very interesting.” (Elin Eng)

Along with some friends, I was on my way from another exhibition when I got a recommendation from my roommate to check out an opening of a newly graduated textile artist. “It’s good! and they have candy too” was the info I got.

It was really an eye-catching sight, walking down the stairs of KG52 last week. The exhibition opens with multiple heads of mannequins hanging from the air. The space is used wisely, creating a mysterious narrative as the viewer walks into the big room — the factory of suits — were headless mannequins dressed in Eng’s design, hang from a “factory-like” clothing carousel. It is a beautiful collection but still there is something creepy about it. Something more profound; more dramatic.

Walking around the room, looking at the different pieces, it felt like our minds altered. We started finding links and references. Questions, thoughts and discussion arose.

“Look at the shoes!” — “Why is the cage open?” — “Oh it doesn’t have a bottom” — And the suits, why are they black and white vs/ color?” — “us vs/ them?” — “Something that unites us?” — “Or divides us?” — “Controles us?” —”Oh and the headless mannequins!” — “The funnel-shaped “glasses” — “Something that guides our vision?” — Or controls it?

Maybe.

It just kept on and on.

According to the artist, her main aspiration with the exhibition “Suitable Suits. Infatuated by the holy quest of growth”, is to create a debate, as she tickles the thoughts and discussion of different patterns of behavior. Questions are raised of “…how we consume and produce fashion and how it relates to our power structures and actions within them”, says Elin Eng.

Among us friends, there were questions, suggestions, thoughts and different opinions when walking throughout the gallery.

To us, Elin Eng had succeeded.

Photographs by Konsthopp

In spring 2011 , Elin Eng graduated with a degree in Fashion design from Textilhögskolan in Borås. Her degree collection “Infatuated by the holy quest of growth” has been a great success as Elin has been given two grants as well as being the winner of this year’s Show Up Fashion Award — Sweden’s most creative fashion competition.

Artist: Elin Eng

Date: 10th – 20th of November 2011

Place: Galleri KG52, Kammakaregatan 52, Stockholm

Opening hours:  Wednesday, 12.00 – 18.00 ; Thursday, 12.00 – 20.00 ; Friday – Saturday, 12.00 – 16.00

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