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AUTUMN ASSEMBLY IN AUGUST

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!

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(I)NDEPENDENT PEOPLE

Reykjavík Arts Festival 2012

We are counting down to Reykjavík Arts Festival grand opening …

The focus this year will be on contemporary visual art collaborates from the Nordic and Baltic countries, under the name (I)ndependent People. The project will involve many of Reykjavík’s exhibition spaces, museums, galleries and public space during the festival season and throughout the summer.

We got an opportunity to peek behind the scenes in Reykjavik´s Art Museum earlier this week.  Jóna Hlíf Halldórsdóttir told us about her teamwork with Hlynur Hallson but they will present large-ranging and very exciting project on Saturday. Jóna Hlíf was kind enough to let us in and take a few shoot from the set up.

Photographs by Konsthopp

(I)ndependent People is an extensive project which brings together 29 artist-collectives with the collaboration of over 100 participants. It´s curated by the Swedish curator and theorist Jonatan Habib Engqvist but we will be publishing an interview with him on the opening day.

The festival announcement says:

(I)ndependent People asks if and how collaboration can operate in continual negotiation between contesting ideas and desires, yet allowing unplanned and transformative action.

Saturday 19th of May will be dedicated to openings of the exhibitions. Here is the schedule to our alternative art stroll and you are — of course — welcome to join us:

13.00 – Listasafn Íslands, Laufásvegur 2
14.00 – Myndhöggvaarfélagið, Nýlendugata 15 and i8 gallerí, Tryggvagata 16
15.00 – Listasafn Reykjavíkur, Hafnarhús, Tryggvagata 17
16.00 – Listasafn ASÍ, Freyjugata 41
17.00 – Kling & Bang gallerí, Hverfisgata 42
18.00 – Nýló and Artíma gallerí, Skúlagata 23

And don´t miss the international seminar in the Nordic House on Sunday 20th of May at 13.00.

Have a nice and sunny art weekend!

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AVSTAMPET (THE TAKE-OFF)

Vernissage: 11th of May 2012, Greta Garbos torg (Stockholm)

As we’ve written before – there is no stagnation around Sanna-Lisa Gesang-Gottowt. She is not only a talented artist but an innovator with great visions and enthusiasm. Last Friday, Sanna-Lisa opened Galleri Fotfolket, a mobile gallery consisting of three “art boxes”, carried around by people strolling in public spaces —  on streets, squares and in parks. The aim of the gallery is to show alternative ways of exhibiting art as well as stimulating thoughts and questions about the role of art in public spaces. Even thought the gallery has no problem of being a part of the discussion on what street art is and can be, Sanna-Lisa and her team do not see Gallery Fotfolket as a part of the street art genre. Rather — the gallery wants to explore the opportunities of public spaces and let the art become a part of / and seen by everyone that use these spaces.

The idea of the gallery grew from Sanna-Lisa’s frustration of not feeling artistically involved in the city. Moving home to Stockholm (after living in Portland, Oregano, for 8 years) Sanna-Lisa was surprised over the differences of  what is and isn’t allowed in the public spaces of those two cities. Portland has a vivid art scene including everyone who want’s to be a part of it — while Stockholm is known for its zero tolerance when it comes to street art and graffiti (see more here & here). And as a consequences, this makes the whole debate of art in public spaces even more complicated.

However and beside “zero tolerance” Galleri Fotfolket’s take off seemed successful and many people showed both interest and positive responses on the opening night (read articles in Swedish here and here). The first exhibition, “Avstampet” (The take off) shows artwork by 12 artists from Sweden and USA and will be on-going during the month. So — if you’re in Stockholm, keep your eyes open for “two-legged” art boxes!

Konsthopp loves the initiative and sends Sanna-Lisa a big congratulations!

Photographs by Sophie Koch (Thank you Sophie!)

Artists: Shora D. Goldkuhl, Stefan Niklasson, Gustav Engström, Hello Jenka, JoAnn Kneedler, Max Magnus Norman, Mack McFarland, Michael Chambers, Ola Carlberg, Rickard ”magOwl” Falk, Rochelle Kulei.

Date: Over a one month period – starting from 11th of May 2012

Place: Greta Garbos Torg (or other public spaces in Stockholm)

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APRIL ACTIVISM

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 anti, The world won’t listen, Memories / 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)


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“SO I COULD PUNCH PABLO PICASSO”

Artist talk: Sanna-Lisa Gesang-Gottowt (Sweden)

Political and without borders is how you could describe Sanna-Lisa — and with an attitude that doesn’t call everthing her grandmother.

This is how the artist describes her style:

“I usually mix mediums and sometimes include found objects for their symbolic value. In general I am attracted to and use a lot of texture, colour and shape. I always have a social and/or political message but it can be hard to decipher. To sum it up I guess my style is a socio-political discharge of colour and texture”.

There is no stagnation around Sanna-Lisa either, and soon she is opening up a public space gallery in Stockholm. The gallery (Galleri Fotfolket) is being built already and will have its first show in May 2012 – with an exhibition consisting of a number of pedestrian powered boxes. And that is something to be excited about!

We are happy to have Sanna-Lisa join us in our latest “Artist-talk”. Click here to read the whole interview!

Photograph belong to Sanna-Lisa Gesang-Gottowt

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MOTHER NATURE IN MARCH

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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DEFRAGMENTATION

Last chance: ROA in Stochkolm!

Photographs by Konsthopp

If you won’t be able to make it this weekend, you can also see his work in one of Stockholm’s suburbs, Alby


Artist: ROA

Date: 16th of February (hour: 16.00 – 19.00) & 17th of February (hour: 12.00 – 16.00)

Place: Hornbruksgatan 4, T-bana Hornstull (Högalidsparken), Stockholm

More info: The Scarlett Gallery

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FLURRY FEBRUARY

This month’s favorite: Stockholm / Sweden

I know I’m late with this one. Four days late actually. But I wanted to let you know about my favourite of the month — Stockholm — and put in few photographs of some of the things I liked. I know you’ll forgive me for “being late”  but — as I’m writing this with one hand — I can tell you that I had to operate my elbow last month and consequently it is wrapped in a big white bandage right now. So there you got my excuse.

February started at Färgfabriken with the art group NUMEN (for use) and the exhibition TEJP Stockholm. The opening night was (like it usually is at Färfabriken) packed with people, wine and music. The exhibition is beautiful, exceptionally playful and really a lot of fun. It is still ongoing and is highly recommended!

For more info about Färgfabriken click here

From the opening night of TEJP STOCKHOLM at Färgfabriken

Photograph taken inside the tape installation.

Later in the month (17th-19th of February) there were the two artfairs, SUPERMARKET (at Kulturhuset) and MARKET (at Konstakademien).

Supermarket is a development of Minimarket, an artist groupshow held at Konstnärshuset in February 2006, in reaction to the commercial art fair Market. The arrangers of the Minimarket didn’t like Market’s concentration on customers with money and wanted Minimarket to present another side of the art — the one that is more fun and playful. In 2007 the arrangers change the name to Supermarket and now they refer to it as a “success story”, where Supermarket is today one of the biggest artist-run artfairs in the world.

This year Supermarket represented 80 galleries from 30 countries. Here are some of my favourites from the weekend.

For more info about Supermarket click here

Nest (The Hague, Holland), Supermarket 2012

GRAD (Belgrade, Serbia), Supermarket 2012

Galleria Huuto (Helsinki, Finland), Supermarket 2012

Studio44 (Stockholm, Sweden) Supermarket 2012

Tegen2 (Stockholm, Sweden), Supermarket 2012

Totaldobze (Riga, Latvia), Supermarket 2012

New for Supermarket this year was the “Red Spot”, a specially arranged stage dedicated to performance artists. As performance art has been growing on me (especially after my visit to ANTI festival in Finland), I believe this was a brilliant addition to the fair! The high-light of my weekend was Paul Dunca’s vampire performance, Incubus Crybtmaw. Scary, creepy, funny (some might say crazy), Dunca managed to connect delicately with the audience while questioning the performance artists goals and nature.

“Incubus Crybtmaw”. Performance by Paul Dunca, Supermarket 2012

Then there was the Market. It was more traditional/conservative than Supermarket but representing many of the best galleries in the Nordic region (42 art galleries). There it is price and quality that matters. Unfortunately my camera ran out of battery and the only examples I got was from Gallery Andersson/Sandström (which also happened to be our favourite at Art Copenhagen). Other favourites were Stene Projects, Gallery Nordenhake, Gallery Charlotte Lund, and the emerging galleries Gallery Anna Thulin and Galleri Jonas Kleerup.

Some might say that these two art fairs are “enemies” and competitors but even though that might be a reason for their existence I believe both of these fairs are important for the audience/participants and help establish Stockholm on the art world map.

For more info about Market click here

Gallery Andersson/Sandström (Stockholm/Umeå, Sweden), Market 2012

Gallery Andersson/Sandström (Stockholm/Umeå, Sweden), Market 2012

Last but not least is the urban artist ROA, who was supposed to be pimping up Stockholm with his huge wall-painted animals (I’ve heard that unfortunately this wasn’t really the case because of Stockholm’s ‘zero-tolerance’ for street art — only one wall in Alvik & Stockholm’s archipelago got the honour). As you may remember (refresh your memory here) ROA put up a show in Stockholm last month. I couldn’t go that night but as I’ve heard from friends the show was amazing! Good party and stunning artwork. ROA might have lost some of his deserved attention because of the two artfairs happening at the same time, at least I haven’t seen any media been writing about it yet (except here). But he definitely deserves the attention of art-interested audience and lucky for us we can still see his installation/work until the 17th of March. The Scarlett gallery opens the location to the public (as the work had to be done inside) between Friday and Sunday but if you want to see it outside the opening hours, just contact the gallery and they’ll open up for you!

For more info about ROA’s work in Stockholm (and opening hours) click here


From the opening night at Defragmentation (ROA) / Photos by Ashlee Christman

Photographs belong to Konsthopp

I admit that Stockholm might be dull sometimes — but it was surprisingly vivid last month. It exposed different forms of visual art and its representation. Even — in the city of zero tolerance — street art was included (and maybe one day it will be accepted too). This is just a glimpse of what was going on and I’m sure its not the first (or last) time Stockholm is a little ‘flurry’ like that. Still, I thought I would use the occasion to recognize and appreciate it. And pick it as my February favourite.

Hold to your creativity Stockholm! xx

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VÄGGER

On-going: 28th of January – 26th of February 2012, Norræna húsið (Reykjavik)

In recent years there has been an increasing interest in a certain form of art, that is marking urban settings across the world and has even developed a specific sub-culture. In next few weeks Konsthopp is going to attract special attention to this kind of art — in other words — street art.

But what is street art? As most art forms, there is no simple definition of street art. The following definition is taken from Art Radar Asia:

It is an amorphous beast encompassing art which is found in or inspired by the urban environment. With anti-capitalist and rebellious undertones, it is a democratic form of popular public art probably best understood by seeing it in situ. It is not limited to the gallery nor easily collected or possessed by those who may turn art into a trophy. Considered by some a nuisance, for others street art is a tool for communicating views of dissent, asking difficult questions and expressing political concerns.

— Art Radar Asia, 21st of January 2012

Wall work by Gebes, Örn Tönsberg and Andrea

Art work by Ólafur Guðmundsson

Art work by Ólafur Guðmundsson

“Vägger” is a group exhibition of nine artists which links together two generations of street artists in Reykjavík along with a street artist from Denmark.

Street art exhibitions, specially in traditional exhibition space (“the white box”) have been up to this point — a quite rare sight in the Icelandic visual art scene. This is the third exhibition which Muses.is represents but the gallery was launched last year. According to the gallery the aim of the exhibition is; to reflect the development of last years and to show how street art has gone into traditional exhibition space with appropriate adjustments.

And for the brave ones, Muses.is have already started an online auction for the artworks from the exhibition. The prices are decided by the artists.

Date: 28th of January – 26th of February 2012

Artists: Andrea Helgadóttir, Björn Árnason, Gebes, Margeir Dire Sigurðarson, Orri, Ólafur Guðmundsson, Skúli Árnason, Þorsteinn Davíðsson and Örn Tönsberg

Place: Norræna húsið, Sturlugötu 5, Reykjavik

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STREET LIFE

Net stroll: 16th of February 2012

London, Paris, Rome …

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

Athens

Berlin

London

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)

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