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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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Final words: Vik Muniz (Brazil)

Vik Muniz describes himself as a product of a military dictatorship. Born and raised in Brazil, the photographer ended up in Brooklyn in the 1980´s, where he has lived and worked ever since. Muniz searched back to the stamping ground when he made his world-famous portrait series;  “Pictures of Garbage.”

It is really unnecessary to enlarge more on Vik Muniz. Most people know him after the great success of the the multi-award winning documentary; Waste Land.

“Marat (Sebastiao)” by Vik Muniz, 2008.  He created portraits of the “catadores” (the catadores are the individuals who work at the site separating recyclable materials from general waste) 

Photographs taken from The New York Times

As you readers might have notice, this month has been dedicated to recycled art; waste, garbage, junk and trash. So I thought it was appropriated to end the month with Vik Muniz´s words.

After living on an open-air dump outside Rio de Janiero for almost two years the man naturally deserves that honor to be nominated — The King of Trash.

The quote is taken from Waste Land:

“I’m at this point in my career were I’m trying to step away from the realm of fine arts,” he says to the camera, “because I think it’s a very exclusive, very restrictive place to be. What I want to be able to do is to change the lives of people with the same materials they deal with every day.”

— Vik Muniz

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This month´s favorite: 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!

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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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Net stroll: 18th of March 2012, Guerra de la Paz (Cuba)

Originally sourcing their materials from waste bins of second-hand goods in Miami, Guerra de la Paz is now widely known for their special sculptures — made from discarded items of daily life.

Cuban born American artists, Alain Guerra (1968) and Neraldo de la Paz (1955) are the collaborate duo behind the work and the team. Often using old clothing to build their sculptures — the message expressed with their recycled art is about the discard nature of our mass-produced lifestyles.

Photographs taken from The Coolist

Guerra de la Paz works mainly in sculpture, installation and photography. Their work references the politics of modern conflict and consumerism alongside symbols of faith. They live and work in Miami and have been consistently producing collaboratively since 1996.

If you are wondering about the composite name, Guerra de la Paz (e. war of peace) it simply is a representation of the artists’s Cuban last names — even though it still might have a deeper meaning. And speaking about Cuba. Although it has been a while since I was in Havana, Che Guavara’s words are still as classic as they were back then. Fellows, closer and further;

¡ Hasta la victoria, siempre !


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On-going: 16th of June – 31st of July 2011, SOFT galleri (Oslo)

Couple of weeks ago I was rambling around the streets of Oslo. The rain was poring down and I wasn’t really in the mood for anything. All of a sudden I heard some lusty bird-sounds around me and for a moment it felt like I was back on that Amazon trip I did some years ago. I looked on all sides and in a window on my left I was fronted by a big “mountain-shaped” pile of second hand clothing.

“Monument” by Sidsel Palmstrøm

Photograph by Konsthopp

My interest and curiosity was roused and guided me further into a tiny-little gallery were I could take a better look at the “monument”. I stood there for a moment reflecting on the piece and as a general admirer of vintage clothing it really attracted me; it’s simplicity, the funky smell textile and the untold story behind each clothing. At the same time I wondered how or if it had something to do with the bird-sounds I’d heard outside. After a short but a nice chat with the gallerist I found out that the sounds were part of the installation and a way to grab people’s attention to the window, in a surprising but nice way.

And it worked, at least on me!

The gallery is closed in July but the exhibition can still be “heard” and viewed from outside the exhibition room.

Date: 16th of June – 31st of July 2011

Artist: Sidsel Palmstrøm

Place: SOFT galleri, Rådhusgaten 20, Oslo

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Artist talk: Viktor Byhr (Sweden)

 A collage by Viktor Byhr

Photograph by Konsthopp

Viktor Byhr is an energetic Gothenburg based artist and our latest participant in “artist talk”.  Primarily, he works with collages made from street trash. This highly undervalued material is probably a reference to the “hot topic” of environmental issues.

Viktor Byhr is convinced that Borås is the current center of the artistic world or as he says:

Now it is probably Borås, since my friend from NYC, Shai Dahan moved there. He is awesome and will bring fresh air to the current art scene.

Forget Berlin, Borås is the place!

Read the full interview here and see some examples of Viktor´s recent work.

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Vernissage: 27th of April 2011, Galleri KORN (Stockholm)

An exhibition called “Buffé” is now running in this tiny gallery at Hornstull. Viktor Byhr, a Göteborg’s-based artist is renting out a space and showing his work at Galleri Korn for the next two weeks.  The title of the exhibition describes, according to the artist, the art work as a “little mix of everything”. Lot of the things that are used in the art work is trash, picked up by the artist both on the street and in the forest.

The atmosphere was friendly and a breeze of positive vibe was felt by the work and the artist, even though some of the art work seemed to have a more serious undertone were the “hot topic” of environmental issues was clearly one of the focal point.

“Buffé” is worth checking out, if not for buying an art work than just for looking around and having a nice chat with the artist.

As stated by the artist´s blog, he is having an extra vernissage and a birthday party at Galleri Korn tomorrow, 29th of April from 18.00. Everybody is welcome.

Happy birthday Viktor Byhr!

Photographs by Konsthopp

Vernissage: 27th of April 2011

Artist: Viktor Byhr

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 12.30 – ca. 18.00

On-going until 11th of May 2011

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