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LOSUN / EMISSION

Vernissage: 10th of March 2012, Íslensk Grafík (Reykjavik)

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do — or do without” (New England proverb)

This month happened to be dedicated to recycled art. I stumbled upon two recycled art exhibitions, watched the documentary Waste Land for the first time and discovered many artists that use waste materials in their creation of art.

Gunnhildur Thordardottir is one of them. The artist is very keen on recycling and uses materials for her work that would otherwise be thrown away — such as unpaired socks, off-cuts of textiles, sticky plastic film and empty food containers.

Beside the recycling, the artist’s inspiration is derived from primary colours and different forms. As an occupied mother of three, the artist had to use more child friendly materials than usually in the process of the exhibition.

The color scheme was a pleasant surprise on this particularly grey and gusty Saturday. Specially after my visit to the black&white “Santiago Sierra” show, which is housed in the same building (Listasafn Reykjavikur), the exhibition “Losun” befitted exceptionally well in the bright and — in my opinion — one of the best exhibition spaces in Reykjavik.

Photograph by Konsthopp

After a nice chat with the artist — were we discussed anything from unlike art scenes in different countries to child raising — we found out that we had more in common than just an ardor for contemporary art. Me and Gunnhildur are namely born on the same day.

Cheers to everyone that are born on the 10th of March!

Gunnhildur Thordardottir completed her BA in Art and Art History at Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University, graduating in 2003. She completed a MA degree in Arts Management in 2006. Since then she has been an active artist as well as working at museums and for the Printmaking Association in Iceland. Gunnhildur will next open an exhibition Fráhvarf / Departure in SÍM, 3rd of April 2012.

Date: 10th – 25th of March 2012

Artist: Gunnhildur Thordardottir

Place: Printmaking Association in Iceland (Íslensk Grafík), Tryggvagata 17, Reykjavik

Opening hours: Thursday – Sunday, 14.00 – 18.00

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COTTON RAGS

On-going: 21st of January – 5th of February 2012, Íslensk Grafík (Reykjavik)

Do you ever think about the material behind each art work? Where it might come from?

Well, it might come from your old t-shirt, your parent´s floral bedspread or — even — your grandmother´s curtain.

The above pieces are woven with cotton rags. Each piece is approximately 1m²

Photographs by Konsthopp

Cotton is today grown all over the world but is most often associated with India. Anna María Lind, the artist behind these textile work, met her curator, Deborah Kraak, last summer. Their meeting led to collaboration where Anna Lind wove and Deborah wrote.

The curator explained the cotton journey in the exhibition catalogue:

… After spinning, cotton yarns are woven or knitted into fabrics which are then dyed or printed. Production is now global, often from the industrially developing parts of the world. Even a simple T-shirt may be the work of several countries´labors: to grow the cotton, spin it, weave it, cut it into pattern pieces, and fashion it into garment.

— Deborah Kraak

Keep this in mind, next time you buy yourself a 10€ T-shirt at H&M!

Date: 21st of January – 5th of February 2012

Artist: Anna María Lind Geirsdóttir and Deborah Kraak

Place: Íslensk Grafík (Icelandic Printmakers´ Association Gallery), Tryggvagata 17, Reykjavík

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