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STOCKHOLM IS BUZZING WITH ROA

So I got a little urban ‘scoop’ for you guys.

There is a rumour going on that we have ROA — an international urban artist — coming in to town. Well, he is actually already here and will be producing a show (with The Scarlett Gallery), putting up installation and art in secret locations around Stockholm. Those who don’t know who ROA is should not worry, cause his work speaks for itself (see here). He was recently voted top artist 2011 on the Banksy Forum in London and has been traveling all around the world, where his most recent shows include Gambia and Australia (see ROA around the world here).

The public event will take place the 17th of February (don’t forget to RSVP) but ROA has already put his mark on Stockholm. And I’m posting a ‘leaked’ photo from the Stockholm’s archipelago as a proof!

Photograph in courtesy of The Scarlett Gallery

For some people this might not be big news, but for us in ‘Zero Tolerance’ Stockholm — where it’s nowhere to legally paint — this is a real treat!

As this is all a big secret, be sure you drop The Scarlett Gallery a mail with your name to let them know about your coming (they’ll release the location later in the week).

And trust me. If you are at all interested in arts, you DO NOT want to miss this show. I’m pretty sure it will be spectacular — a once in a life time experience.

I’m so excited!

xx Írena

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THE DEMAND IS HIGHER THAN EVER

Curator talk: Marín Björt Valtýsdóttir (Iceland)

When did you start curating? Tell us something about your educational background?

My first experience with curating was back in high school, setting up our graduation art exhibition. We were many and had very different backgrounds, so it was quite a task putting up the show. However, we did work and the outcome was better than we had hoped fore! As for further curating for my behalf, there haven’t been many opportunities. Curating is not a part of our program in the arts department of University of Iceland, the classes that teach the subject are small classes and fill up quickly so it is difficult to get in them, so going abroad is the only option to become a professional curator. But since we do know what curating is and we are curious about it a student gallery was opened fall of 2011. The gallery, which is called Artíma Gallerí, is giving us opportunity to try out curating and finding other people that are interested in the subject of curating and running a gallery.

What is the artistic field of your curatorial practice?

Usually I deal with 2d artworks like paintings or drawings. It was interesting when we decided to include one of Hekla Björt Helgadóttir’s pieces, which consisted of a lamp, broken plates and a stone heart, in the 3rd show of Artíma Gallerí. Once we started planning, it turned out that the piece would work better as an installation using the afforded space in the gallery in a different way than we first envisioned.

Is there a difference in curating different field of arts, etc. paintings, videos, interactive works or a piece of net art?

In retrospect it didn’t seem to matter much to me in which form or medium the artworks were but of course sooner or later practical matters will need to be addressed. In an ideal situation, the curator takes away the burden from the artist, of matching the artworks to an audience in a meaningful way. In reality this often results in a very close collaboration between the curator and the artist, which can be slightly less glamorous. Hammering nails into the wall or holding the ladder while attaching support strings.

From Artíma #3, work by Hekla Björt Helgasóttir, curated by Marín Björt Valtýsdóttir. Photos/Konsthopp

What kind of qualities do you think a curator should have?

Curating is a broad field of work, and every show is different. I think the artist makes the biggest difference in putting up an exhibition and how fluently it goes. When the collaboration between the artist and the curator is good, magic can happen.

A good curator sees the needs of the artist and the exhibition and does what it takes to combine it in to an interesting exhibition. Flexibility and diplomacy is important, as are social and communication skills since a big part of putting up an exhibition is working with other people and finding common grounds to work from. A curator is also a facilitator, concerning herself with practical matters.

Do you think that new and digital media used in contemporary art has brought new aspects to arts and curating? Yes or no, explain why?

Digital media is very fascinating because it can be very vivid and alive. Due to my young age I cannot say much about the effects it has had on curating since digital media used as an art form is older than I am. What I can tell is that digital media and interactive works are becoming more and more popular in the museum world so the medium is marking its place in the ‘traditional’ art world.

In times of “You Tube” and the Internet, do you think a curator is still needed?

I don’t see the Internet as having much effect on curating, as in making curating unnecessary. Museums and galleries are becoming more and more popular each year and new art fairs seem to be popping up all over the world, so the demand for a curator, if anything, is higher than ever. Youtube creates an abundance of information; years worth of video are uploaded daily on Youtube alone. My partner pointed out to me that curating is engaged in actively by the online community. People have created channels or blogs with little or no original content, consisting of other people’s artworks both collecting and connecting them, cross media.

What are your curatorial plans for the future? What are your personal wishes, hopes and perspectives in curating?

Curating is a very interesting field of work, it offers you an exciting environment to work in, where you get to know artists and their work in a close and remarkable way. I hope to do more curating in the future since I find it an enjoyable experience. If I were to further my studies in curating, I would have to go abroad and at the moment I have no plans, I would be lying though to say that I haven’t looked into it.

What is the future of professional curating from your point of view?

Curating is a profession that seems to be on the rise. With more and more museums bursting up and art fairs existing in every country I think the field of curating is going to bloom in the coming years.

From Artíma #3, work by Hekla Björt Helgasóttir, curated by Marín Björt Valtýsdóttir. Photo/Konsthopp

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… AT THE END OF THE RAINBOW

Net stroll: 10th of January 2012, Yayoi Kusama (Japan)

Do you need to warm up on a cold winter day?

There is a blinding snowstorm and boundless blackness outside. I seriously need shades in my existence on such a day. So I start my daily net stroll searching the queen of colors — the queen of dots; Yayoi Kusama.

Photos taken from Google images

Yayoi Kusama was born in Matsumoto City, Japan in 1929. She studied Nihonga painting, a rigorous formal style developed during the Meiji period. She was attracted by the experimental promise of the postwar international art scene and ended up moving to the center of the universe — New York City — in 1958. In the early 1970’s Kusama returned to Japan, where she began writing shockingly visceral and surrealistic novels, short stories, and poetry, including The Hustler’s Grotto of Christopher Street (1983) and Violet Obsession (1998).

Kusama — which will turn 83 this year — is not retiring at all. Her countles fans can see a major show by the conceptional artist at Tate Modern in London, from 9th of February until 5th of June 2012.

I’m ending this short-time amusement with lyrics from the Rolling Stones song, She′s a rainbow;

She comes in colors everywhere;
She combs her hair
She’s like a rainbow
Coming colors in the air
Oh, everywhere
She comes in colors

— (Jagger/Richards)

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TOP TEN ART EVENTS OF 2011

Highlights of the year

The first year of Konsthopp has been challenging, exciting and certainly eventful. Over the last couple of months we have visit over two hundred art exhibitions in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland and U.K. These exhibitions have been in three descriptive words; wicked, weird and wild. The list below, our highlights of the passing year, includes the three w — and everything in between.

We are already turning our eyes to 2012 and looking forward to it.

Dear readers, thank you for your trusty support and happy new year!

/Írena & Ingunn

#1 Suitable Suits

(Elin Eng; Galleri KG52)

#2 Dreams of Salikon

(Lindalovisa Fernqvist; Meeting ROOM)

#3 Lord of the castle itch yes

(Leif Holmstrand; CHRYSTAL)

#4 De gamla grekiskorna

(Christian Sandell; ID:I galleri)

#5 Back and Forth

(Gatëan Rusquet; ANTI Festival)

#6 Dance Drawings

(Meghann Snow; Young Art)

#7 Devoured

(Johnny Boy Eriksson; Wetterling gallery)

#8 Pure Evil

(Pure Evil; The Scarlett Gallery)

#9 Help Young Worlds

(Ad de Jong; Gallery 1857)

#10 Again words will pass through our bodies, above our heads

(Jenny Grönvall; Studio 44)

Photographs by Konsthopp

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DO NOT ENJOY ART

The day of none-art: 1st of November 2011 (Reykjavik)

THE FIFTEEN COMMANDMENTS

1. Do not go to museums, design museums or galleries that holds any art works.

2. Do not look at art works, including paintings, photographs, sculptures and installations — whether it is inside or outside.

3. Do not go to concerts.

4. Do not listen to music — either from CD´s, vinyl records, cassettes, digital music players or smart phones (ringtones included).

5. Do not play video games with graphic images.

6. Do not go to dance performances.

7. Do not read novels, poetry or any other text that might be considered literature.

8. Do not go to theaters.

9. Do not watch a film — neither in a cinema, nor in computer, television or at any other screen.

10. If any kind of artwork is displayed on television; f. ex. in the news or in some advertising — you should close your eyes or look away.

11. If you hear music on the television or in the radio — you should turn it down.

12. Do not look at buildings which are designed by architects.

13. Do not watch or walk in gardens which are designed by landscape architects.

14. Do not watch or wear clothing by fashion designers.

15. Do not do anything or enjoy anything that could be interpreted as art or have artistic value, including work of dancers, designers, actors, artists, writers and musicians.

This text is translated by Konsthopp from the Sím homepage (The association of Icelandic visual artists).

Could you live without art?

A society without art is bound to be truly poor.

Photograph by Konsthopp

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THOUGHTS ABOUT COPENHAGEN

Prepare yourself for an adventure.

Our destination is Copenhagen. Wonderful Copenhagen, the former capital city of Iceland and home to some of my best friends.

 Typical afternoon on Nørrebro

When I lived in Copenhagen, couple of years ago, most people wouldn´t dare to go to Nørrebro (except for buying cheap alcohol or avocados!). Today on the other hand, the buzzling neighbourhood is one of the trendiest district in the city. Still rough, it’s incredibly charming with a combination of stylish shops, people and cafés vs. bums, gangs and drug dealers.

Konsthopp — like always — was cultural-minded in Copenhagen. We danced our ass off at FM Belfast´s concert, absorbed exceptional ideas at alt_cph11, and were exposed to an art community based in east Nørrebro.

Despite all of these doings, Jægersborggade was probably the greatest discovery of our trip. In fact, we see ourselves driven to write a blog entry specially dedicated to the street.

“Skål”

Photographs by Konsthopp

And back to the overwhelmingly happy Danes. According to some international surveys that are published every couple of years, Denmark is one of the happiest nations on earth.

In other words, with some of the best quality of life, famously good food, Cristania and Carlsberg (probably the best b**r in the world!) — honestly — who wouldn’t be happy?

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PURE EVIL

Live event: 14th of September 2011, The Scarlett Gallery (Stockholm)

Photographs by Konsthopp

I know it’s a bit late but this gallery is one to keep an eye on! Check out their upcoming events here.

Artist: Pure Evil

Place: The Scarlett Gallery, Katarina Bangatan 57, Stockholm

Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11.00 – 15.00. Or by appointment

More photographs from the night here!


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“OLD BOOTS, NEW LACES”

Closing: 26th of June 2011, Pop-up gallery above VIBE Bar (London)

Are shoes one of your “guilty pleasure¨? Then you probably have one of those.

Many were literally bowled over by the return of Dr. Martens couple of years ago. For some people, a “screaming” reminder of the fashion experimentation of their teenage years, that we usually make fun of. Shortly after, when it was obvious that the shoes were in fact, very trendy, everyone stopped joking about them, bought a pair and became addicted (well we still make jokes about Buffalo´s!).

Now, even in new form, Dr. Martens were the focal point of a newly passed group exhibition at Brick Lane.  10 pairs were supplied by Doctor Martens, re-designed by the exhibition artists and sold on the behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support. Only few pair were left when Konsthopp was there.

Photographs by Konsthopp

It was a truly broad-based exhibition in general, displaying unique oils, aerosol works, ink drawings, urban glass sculpture and limited edition prints. And last but not least, a few colorful pair of the “eternal” Dr. Martens.

The conceptual artist, Ben Oakley curated the show but he also runs “The Ben Oakley Gallery” in Greenwich (London).

Date: 17th – 26th of June 2011

Agent provocateurs: Rowan Newton, Asboluv, Stuart Mcalpine Miller, Carne Griffiths, Gonny Van Hulst, Ben Oakley, Mark Perronet, GaryAlford, Theo Szarowicz, Yvonne Wayling.

Place: Pop-up gallery above the VIBE bar, 91-95 Brick Lane, London

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”THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE ANTI”

On-going: 20th of May – 5th of June 2011, Candyland (Stockholm)

Photograph by Konsthopp

The Berlin-based urban artist EMESS is now running a colourful exhibition at Candyland. The famous personalities of money, production, time, freedom and market are the artist main subject but his work are usually motivated by political questions. With a sense of humor and courage, EMESS draws attention to social and urban changes around the globe.

Alvaro Campo, the curator of the exhibition wrote:

EMESS sees no difference between the street or the gallery space, his work is designed to reach an audience and adapts itself to the situation.

The artist’s range of media goes from sculptural objects or large scale murals to woodcuts and delicate prints.
From our point of view; his work seem to be touched by constructivism, pop-art and Dada.

LAST CHANCE! We recommend everyone to take a stroll around Södermalm this weekend and check out EMESS unique exhibition at Candyland. The exhibition is running until next Sunday.

Date: 20th of May – 5th of June 2011

Artist: EMESS

Place: Candyland, Gotlandsgatan 76, Stockholm

Opening hours: Saturday – Sunday, 14.00 – 17.00

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ART IS …

Can you play four instruments at the same time? I know I can’t.

Photograph by Konsthopp

This guy attracted plenty of people by playing popular hits from the 80´s under the sun at Götgatan in Stockholm yesterday.

Instruments: Glockenspiel, drums, keybord and accordian.

Well done mate, keep on going.

Weather condition: Sunshine.

Happy summer everyone!

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