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TONIGHT X 3

Vernissages: 24th of May 2012 (Stockholm)

TONIGHT X 3 is a collaboration beeween ANNAELLEGALLERY, Gallery Niklas Belenius and Young Art. The galleries are all in a walking distance from each other and on Thursday night last week they opened up their galleries and gave us — the visitors — a great opportunity to take an art stroll around the neighborhood, mingle and see some outstanding artwork. Later in the night they invited their guest to continue the art party at Berns Salonger. Great initiative by the gallery owners and I hope they continue the collaboration next fall!

To give you a little overview of the artwork of the night; I snapped some shots with my i-phone. Hope you enjoy!

Work by Ellisif Hals / ANNAELLEGALLERY

Work by Simon Mullan / ANNAELLEGALLERY

Work by Max Ockborn / ANNAELLEGALLERY

Work by Olof Inger / ANNAELLEGALLERY

Work by Timothy Crisp / Gallery Niklas Belenius 

Work by Jan Hofström / Gallery Niklas Belenius

Work by Andy Warhol / Gallery Niklas Belenius

Work by Gustaf Lilliestierna / Young Art 

Installation by Daniel Jouseff / Young Art

Work by Gustaf Lilliestierna / Young Art

Date: 24th of May 2011

Artists: Various

Places: ANNAELLEGALLERY (Riddargatan 41), Gallery Niklas Belenius (Ulrikagatan 13) & Young Art (Artillerigatan 6), 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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“MASKULIN”

Ongoing: 11th – 30th of April 2012, Young Art (Stockholm)

From the series “Närhet viktigare än sex ” by Viktor Johansson

This month, Young Art is presenting their first “themed exhibition”, with work by Johan Ray Pedersen and Viktor Johansson. In the exhibition Maskulin, the focus is laid on how social norms of masculinity looks like, can be questioned and changed. The two artists tackle the theme from different perspectives and with different techniques but come together in their interest of the expectations and definitions of today’s manliness.

“Utan titel” by Johan Ray Pedersen 

Johan Ray Pedersen (b. 1975) focuses on the stereotypical male ideal of society and the arts. For two years he has been working with paintings and collage, studying classical male attributes and symbols, such as penises, horses, bodybuilders and industrial environments. The paradox in choices of subjects can both go against and emphasize what is considered to be masculine but still un-masculine to portray. According to himself, he has even been asked if he isn’t afraid to become gay, while painting penises! With his work Johan wants to de-dramatize the emphases on what is feminine or masculine  – and instead focus on what is human. Or as he self puts it:

“Is it really that dangerous to paint some penises?”

“Golden Receiver” by Johan Ray Pedersen

“Göteborg” by Johan Ray Pedersen

From the series “Vem mäter mina drömmar” by Johan Ray Pederses

Viktor Johansson (b. 1987) works with photography as an artistic medium. In the past year, he has (among other projects) examined men in groups and their fear of physical contact. For the exhibition, Viktor Johansson has chosen to follow five male friendship pairs, portraying best friends and their way of socializing. The theory he carries is that men often only have one or two friends where the physical contact is natural, artless, and without prejudice. Through his photographs Viktor Johansson questions the social norms of masculinity and studies men’s views on non-sexual physical contact. Why can women, unlike men, hold hands and share a bed without anyone questioning their sexual orientation?

From the series “Närhet viktigare än sex ” by Viktor Johansson

From the series “Närhet viktigare än sex ” by Viktor Johansson 

“Närhet viktigare än sex ” by Viktor Johansson

Photographs by Viktor Johansson belong to Young Art / Other photos taken by Konsthopp

So– what does it really mean to be a man today? Is masculinity carved in stones? An image associated with taboos – saying that men should not show emotions or paint penises? Or is it constantly changing? As many of today’s gender debate is often dominated by the theme of how women can change, I believe the theme of “masculinity” hits right across!

As we have mentioned before, Young Art  is the place for those who are interested in enthusiastic art by emerging artists, and is always worth visiting! This time there is no exception! The exhibition runs until 30th of April 2012.

Artists: Johan Ray Pedersen & Viktor Johansson

Date: 11th – 30th of April 2012

Place: Young Art, Artillerigatan 6, Stockholm

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

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GOOGLE PHOTO PRIZE 2012

Net stroll: Viktor Johansson (Sweden)

The 24-year-old Swedish photo student, Viktor Johansson, has been named as the winner of the Google Photography Prize 2012. Viktor impressed the judges with his documentary series of Christoffer Eskilsson, Sweden’s top male 10m diver.

The jury’s motivation:

“Viktor Johansson has chosen to show us an alternative view, one that we are not used to seeing from sport photography in the media. Instead of glamorous action shots of an athlete in competition, he has produced arresting and unexpected photographs that focus on the long, lonely hours of repetitive training and practice that it takes to excel in your field.” (Nigel Hurst)

Viktor Johansson (b. 1985) studies his last year at the Nordic Photography school Biskops-Arnö (related post). You can see some of Viktor’s photographs at the ongoing exhibition “Maskulin” at Young Art in Stockholm. And if you’re in London, Viktor’s photographs of Christoffer Eskilsson will be exhibited along with the 9 other finalists photographs at The Saatchi Gallery, between 25th of April – 22nd of Jule 2012.

Congratulations Viktor!

 

Photographs belong to Viktor Johansson


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KIDS STUFF

Art workshops for children in Reykjavik

It might sound strange but during national (economic) depression — people often seem to have more children. Iceland is there no exception.

In the year of 2009 and 2010, more children were born in Iceland than ever before. These periods are in daily life called baby boom. People born during such a period are often called baby boomers.

Art workshop at Kjarvalsstaðir. Photo/Ragna Kjartansdóttir

Painting by a child at Gerðarsafn

Art work by various children at Listasafn Íslands

An installation at Gerðarsafn

Drawing by a child at Gerðarsafn

Art workshop at Kjarvalsstaðir. Photo/Ragna Kjartansdóttir

Photographs by Konsthopp

While it is trendy to have a baby, the biggest art museums in Iceland work hard to please the parents. Recently, the first Children´s culture festival in Reykjavik was launched. Many art workshops for children of all ages were scheduled. Almost anything was possible. The youngsters could create swords and shields, forge settlement era style jewelry, kites, masks and draw runes.

Where there are children, there is life. All kind of people showed up. Young, old, big, small, known, unknown. In the middle of the crowd you could spot the culture-minded Mayor of Reykjavik, poets and popular DJ´s. Thanks for this enjoyable enterprise.

I´m already excited to watch out for our future artists!

Artists: Various children

Places: Listasafn Íslands, Gerðarsafn, Kjarvalsstaðir and Nýló

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IT BOILS MY BLOOD

Artist in residence: Una B. Sigurðardóttir (Iceland)

– Read Una’s previous diary notes Please note this

I am Icelandic. I have always thought of my country as a clean place. I started to appreciate how much I loved this factor when I started traveling around the world. Water has always been important for me and the fact that in so many places you can’t really drink the tap water — and furthermore, don’t even think of drinking from a stream. This has become normality. But is it really?

Being here only enlarges this feeling of mine.

“Garbage Gold” (2011) by Una B. Sigurðardóttir

My thoughts concerning the pureness of Icelandic nature have changed during the last years. I don’t think it is so clean anymore and I worry about its future.

It boils my blood to think about the policy that has been and is being run in Iceland concerning environmental issues. Unoriginal and environmentally hostile ideas in order to create economical wealth seems to be the main theme.

One wonders if those who are taking the decisions for the future of the land think that it is ok to pollute it a bit more, because it is so clean to begin with.

“Gender Politics #1” (2012) by Una B. Sigurðardóttir

“Gender Politics #2” (2012) by Una B. Sigurðardóttir

“Gender Politics #3” (2012) by Una B. Sigurðardóttir

If you can recall the response of the Icelandic government during the Kyoto Protocol back in 1997 it might cast a light on why I think this. But there are countless cases to mention to support this opinion of mine.  Oil Cleaning station on the Westfjords? Some people thought it was a desirable possibility, taking to counter all the other possibilities at hand to create jobs and economical boost. Why not try to be a leading country in creating alternative solutions in stead of following into the footsteps of already known destructive style.

宜しく

Una

Una Björk Sigurðardóttir (b. 1983) was recently an artist in residence in Tocido, Japan. In Una’s works there are underlying narratives, and although she critically examines serious subject matter, her work is liberally spiked with humor. Una seeks to process her personal vision of society and environment in the context of the ideological assumptions and global realities that modern man is faced with. Therefore many images of consumerism and popular culture, as well as symbols of dominant ideologies, have become motifs in her work.

Between 9th of February – 11th of April 2012, Una has been writing diary notes which she has been kind enough to share with us. This post is the second of three letters…

Read Una’s previous diary notes “Please note this” here

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DET LÄMNADE

Vernissage: 12th of April 2012, Art Concept Store (Stockholm)

On-going is an exhibition by Anna-Maria Hilborn and Jannike Simonsson at the artist-run gallery Art Concept Store. The exhibition “Det lämnade” (the left ones) revolves around abandoned houses and delicated loneliness. With mixed media of paintings, drawings and collage (of i.g. old letters and stamps) the artists explore the human absence — at the same time as “the left ones” give the viewer a possibility to mentaly move in and fill up the vacant spaces.

The exhibition is opened between 12.00 – 16.00 next weekend!

“Det lämnade” by Anna-Maria Hillborn & Jannike Simonsson

Work by Anna-Maria Hilborn

Work by Jannike Simonsson

“Detroit II” by Anna-Maria Hilborn

Photographs by Konsthopp

Artists: Anna-Maria Hillborn & Jannike Simonsson

Date: 12th – 22nd of February 2012

Place: Art Concept Store, Bjurholmsplan 23, Stockholm

Opening hours: Saturday – Sunday, 12.00 – 16.00

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