Flavor of the month


Flavor of the month: Watershed

After a long and “oh-so-wanted” summer break — witch passed by “oh-so-amazingly-fast” — I can finally welcome my favorite season. The fall.

Although it´s sunny and over 20 °C outside my window (it doesn´t get any warmer here in Iceland) — all I can think about is misty days, multicolored leaves and my new umbrella.

Photos taken from google and pinterest

Watershed, a turning point or — a milestone are typical for this time of the year. Exciting assignments are coming up. Accordingly — the editors of Konsthopp are back to school, trying new exciting education. And I will finally move to my own “oh-so-wanted” apartment, with my “oh-so-fat” newborn.

Despite days loading work and other ethical obligations (e.g; changing diapers and doing boring housework!) — Konsthopp will try to keep on track, reporting live from the Nordic alternative art scene!

Happy fall everyone!


Flavor of the month: Performance art

Over the past weeks I have been asking outsiders what they think about the visual art scene in Iceland. Is it different from the rest of Scandinavian scene? What stands out in the Icelandic art scene today?

The answer was clear.

Most people I spoke to, mentioned the active and very visible performance art scene. It did not surprise me. Our biggest stars in the visual art sectors today are performance artists — with Ragnar Kjartansson and Rúrí in the forefront.

Lord of the castle itch yes” by Leif Holmstrand (2009), CHRYSTAL

 “Back and Forth” by Gatëan Rusquet (2011), ANTI Festival

Mont Blanc” by Mimosa Pale (2011) Berlin. Image/Niina Braun

Peta loves Pollock” by Rakel McMahon (2009)

Dance Drawings” by Meghann Snow (2011), Young Art

Photographs by Konsthopp

Then again, some people might ask — what is performance art?
It is not easy to answer; but I hope the guidelines below might give you a tiny glimpse of what we are talking about when it comes to this specific art form.


»Performance Art is live.

»Performance Art has no rules or guidelines. It is art because the artist says it is art. It is experimental.

»Performance Art is not for sale. It may, however, sell admission tickets and film rights.

»Performance Art may be comprise of painting or sculpture (or both), dialogue, poetry, music, dance, opera, film footage, turned on television sets, laser lights, live animals and fire. Or all of the above. There are as many variables as there are artists.

»Performance Art is a legitimate artistic movement. It has longevity (some performance artists, in fact, have rather large bodies of work) and is a degreed course of study in many post-secondary institutions.

»Dada, Futurism, the Bauhaus and the Black Mountain College all inspired and helped pave the way for Performance Art.

»Performance Art is closely related to Conceptual Art. Both Fluxus and Body Art are types of Performance Art.

»Performance Art may be entertaining, amusing, shocking or horrifying. No matter which adjective applies, it is meant to be memorable.

— By Shelley Eesak,  ArtHistoryAbout.com

This month we are going to dig deeper into the field of this ancient art form!

Related entries includes; “The weird girls project” and “I would like to set a trend.”


Flavor of the month: Art festivals

May is a good month when it comes to art.

Work by Hanna Frostell (Konstfack exhibition 2011)

In Stockholm, students from KonstfackMejanBeckmans and Berghs will all be presenting their graduation work — new ideas, trends, perspectives — which is really something looking forward to. One of our “artist talk” artist, Erla Silfá, is releasing her final project, Can’t hear my eyes, at Bio Rio the 21st — which I am personally very excited to hear — and Galleri Fotfolket just opened last friday, as the first mobile art gallery in the city.

From the opening of Galleri Fotfolket 11th of May 2012

In Reykjavík, we’ve already been at the graduation exhibition at LHÍ and in a week from now, one of the oldest and most respected arts festivals in Northern Europe, Reykjavík Art Festivalis opening — bringing together 29 artist-collectives with the collaboration of over 100 participants.

Konsthopp will (of course) be on the spot, reporting ‘the créme de la créme’ from the festival!

Art in Translation is another kind of biennial, a 3-day conference event that aims to create an interdisciplinary forum to explore connections between language and various art forms, this year emphasising on creative writing. At last we should also mention MESSA Vision, a small-scale teaser for MESSA 2013 – an ambitious project that claims to be “the first international visual art fair to be held in Iceland”.

Work by Assa Kauppi (Galleri Andersson/Sandström) – Art Copenhagen 2011

Photographs by Konsthopp

Beside what’s mentioned above, many of the art galleries are opening their last exhibition this month, before summer-closing.

We’ll try our best to keep you updated — so be sure you follow! And please let us know about other art festivals / happenings in your city!

Happy Sunday everyone!


Flavor of the month: Sociopolitical art

“Liberty is about our right to question everthing” (Ai Wei Wei)

Over almost a year of blogging, we have visited numerous of exhibition touching on sociopolitical issues and interviewed artists who convey political messages through their work — our latest artist talk being a direct example. Other exmaples include interview with Páll Haukur Björnsson and Erla Silfá Þorgrímsdóttir, as well as exhibitions such as; The good, the bad & the antiThe world won’t listenMemories / In between and Social Cleanup.

Still we wonder — what is sociopolitical art? Isn’t all conceptual art sociopolitical? Is it really possible to define?

This month we are hoping to explore and get some answers!

Below you can see an example of what might be concidered a sociopolitic art. Tips, suggestions and possible answers are of course appreciated. Stay tuned …

“From series of drawings by Nina Hemmingsson (photo taken from google images)  

Get Rich by Diann Bauer (photograph taken from Paradise Row

Pharmacy herbs by luzinterruptus (photograph from the artists blog)

Work by Barbara Kruger (photo taken from google images)

Sunflower seeds by Ai Wei Wei (photograph by Konsthopp)

Political street art – Artist unknown (photo by Joshua Rappeneker)

Related entires includes: Uglycute (Stockholm), Núningur / Friction (Reykjavik), Protect me from what I want (U.S.A.), Maskulin (Stockholm), I like it (Japan), It boils my blood (Japan), Please note this (Japan), Årets bild (Stockholm) and So I could punch Pablo Picasso (Sweden)


Flavor of the month: Recycled art

From waste to resource … 

In recent years, waste products and other materials have become more and more prominent in the creation of art. Here are some recycled art masterpieces — made from junks!

“Ghost in the machines – The Beatles” by Erika Iris Simmons

“Binary Bound” by Nick Gentry

“Harmonix Rock Band” by Kyle Bean

“Hard disk drive robot” by Miguel Rivera

“What came first” by Kyle Bean

“The rabbit” by Robert Bradford

“Collage 09” by Derek Gores

Virginia Fleck

Photographs are taken from Hongicat & google image

From litter off the streets — to odds and ends in the house; these artists from all around the world find a use for what others would toss without a second thought. Cassettes, discarded toys, floppy disks, hard disk drives, eggshells, recycled clothes & magazines are among things that can — occasionally — be turned into gold.

In the last year Konsthopp have visited numerous of exhibition dedicated to some sort of recycled art. Examples includes; Buffé (Stockholm), Cotton Rags (Reykjavik), Sæborgin; Kynjaverur og ókindur (Reykjavik), Monument (Oslo), Losun (Reykjavik) and Sorp er auðlind (Reykjavik).

Stay posted about more recycled art-related topics next days. We are having a guest blog this week!


Flavor of the month: Street art (Around the globe)

London, Paris, Rome …

Writing on walls has been a part of the humanity for centuries. Wherever you go, you find street artgraffiti 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




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)

More blog entires about street art: Vägger (Reykjavik), Defragmentation (Stockholm), Stockholm is buzzing with Roa (Stockholm) and Pure Evil (Stockholm).


Flavor of the month: Japanese illustrators (Japan)

From an early age, I have absolutely adored bookstores. A beautiful book combined with a cup of a quality coffee, is a request begin of an ordinary day.

It was on an ordinary Monday morning (to be specific) that I bumped into a non-ordinary book — in a quite ordinary bookstore. Japanese illustration now (Thames & Hudson), is an example-packed overview of Japanese illustrations, showcasing the work of 100 of Japan’s most successful contemporary artists and designers.

Here are few examples to tickle your taste bud!

Akikio Matsuo 

Masayoshi Mizuho

“Kinpro” Chisato Shinya

Saeko Tagagi

Kazuya Taoka

Kosuke Ikea


Mizuki Abe

Photos taken from Google images

As you can see, the illustrations embrace a huge range of styles — from traditional to futuristic and everything in between. The range of amazing images and subjects in this book is hugely memorable and an exciting journey to the utterly idiosyncratic but wonderful world of the Japanese sensibility.

Japanese illustrators are on the top of the agenda on this last day of January 2012!

Book: Japanese Illustation Now

Complete list of the artists: Akiko Matsuo, Atsushi Matsubayashi, Aya Ota, Ayako Okubo, Chigi, Chinatsu sozen, Cocolo, Dragon 76, Eito Yoshikawa, Foorider, Hal Watanabe, Hargon’s Wig, Heisuke Kitazawa, Hideki Tanaka, Hiroaki Yamadera, Hiroki Tsukuda, Hiromi Toriyama, Hiroshi Yoshii, Hiroyuki Izutsu, Hiroyuki Muso, Imaitoonz, Ippei Gyoubu, Itoman, Kahori Maki, Kana Nagano, Karol Hironaka, Kazuhiko Ifuku, Kazuko Tsuji, Kazuya Taoka, Keiko Enobi (Atoron), Kentaro Hisa, Kinpro, Komtena, Kosuke Ikeda, Kouzou Sakai, Koya Okada, Kurono, Kurumi Aoyama, Mako, Mamico, Mamoru Yamamoto, Manabu Hassegawa, Marumiyan, Masaru Yamaguchi, Masayoshi Mizuho, Mashu Oki, Mayko Fry, Megumi Terada, Minako Saito Botsford, Minchi, Misako Aono, Mizuki Abe, Moe Furuya, Naoshi, Natsuki Arai, Natsuki Lee, Natsuko Yoshino, Nico, Norico Uramoto, Red Hot Mama, Ryohei Hase, Ryohei Yamashita, Ryoichi Iso, Ryu Itadani, Ryuji Shishido, Saeko Takagi, Satoshi Matsuzawa, Satoshi Shigihara, Sayaka, Seevert Works, Seijiro Kubo, Shiro Taniguchi, Shobu Tsuchiya, Shah, Shojonotomo, Shu-thang Grafix, Shuhei Tabuchi, Smo, Susumu Yamauchi, Tadaomi Shibuya, Takashi Yamasaki, Takenaka, Takeru Toyokura, Taku Anekawa, Tamio Abe, Tatsuro Kiuchi, Tent, Tomohiro Yasui, Tomomi Ohsugi, Toshifumi Tanabu, Toshikazu Sasao, Tsukasa Tomoyose 
(Atoron), Wieden+Kennedy 
Tokyo lab, Yoshikazu Takai, Yukinori Dehara, Yusaku Maeda, Yusuke Saitoh, Yuta Miyazaki, Yutanpo Shirane and Yuuiti Miyakawa

More blog entries about illustration: Artist discovery #2, Hamskipti (Reykjavik), “It takes ten thousand hours to become an expert” (Stockholm), Dreams of Salikon (Stockholm)


Flavor of the month: Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir (Iceland)

Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir is an Icelandic video artist, mostly known for her music videos and album covers for SeabearMúm 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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