WHAT IT SEEMS

REYKJAVIK ART MUSEUM, KJARVALSSTAÐIR

REALITY ON CANVAS 1970-2020


Many artists seek to achieve an impression of realism in their works. In order to reach their goal, they adopt skills that require both training and technology, as well as paying attention to various details. When successful, the stunned and amazed viewers cannot believe their own eyes. But is everything what it seems in paintings and other works created in a realistic style?


Looking over the half-century history of Icelandic realist painting, it turns out that artists engage with this approach on very different grounds. Ever since pop art, up to the digital revolution of our time, countless threads may be traced through naturalism, photorealism, hyperrealism, magic realism and the like. The subjects are of various kinds: Nature, human beings and their surroundings, still life and narratives, the mediation of images and the nature of our field of vision. This is where familiar boundaries overlap; between high and low art, craft and content, art and kitsch. Reality has countless manifestations when brought to the canvas.


Artists: Eggert PéturssonEiríkur SmithErla S. HaraldsdóttirErróGuðjón KetilssonGústav Geir BollasonHallgrímur HelgasonHelena Margrét JónsdóttirHlaðgerður Íris Björnsdóttir,Hringur JóhannessonKarl Jóhann JónssonKristinn Guðbrandur HarðarsonRagnhildur JóhannsdóttirSara VilbergsdóttirSigtryggur Bjarni BaldvinssonSvanhildur VilbergsdóttirÞorri Hringsson og Þura - Þuríður Sigurðardóttir

Curator: Markús Þór Andrésson

LANDMARKS, 2011-2020, PENCIL ON PAPER, 48 DRAWINGS, 33 X 24 CM. photograph: Sigfús Már Pétursson

LANDMARK Ia, 2011-2020, PENCIL ON PAPER

LANDMARK Ib, 2011-2020, PENCIL ON PAPER

LANDMARK IIa, 2011-2020, PENCIL ON PAPER

LANDMARK IIb, 2011-2020, PENCIL ON PAPER

LANDMARK 24a, 2011-2020, PENCIL ON PAPER

LANDMARK 24b, 2011-2020, PENCIL ON PAPER

MATERIAL:WOOD

HAFNARBORG CENTRE OF CULTUR AND FINE ART


At Hafnarborg‘s exhibition for DesignMarch, the focus will be on wood as a material. Wood is an organic matter that bends equally to the laws of nature and chance. It does not yield easily and the material itself often affects the final outcome, whether in regards to shape or finish. In addition, there will be an examination of the divide between different art forms that has become increasingly obscure in recent years, perhaps even becoming obsolete.


The idea behind the exhibition is to bring together designers and artists of different backgrounds and varied perspectives, all of whom still work or wrestle with this magnificent material, in one form or another, as they seek to realize their ideas. The featured works, by designers as well as artists, are both new and recent, all being made from the same material:wood.


The participants are Aðalheiður S. Eysteinsdóttir, Agustav (Ágústa Magnúsdóttir and Gustav Jóhannsson), Björn Steinar Blumenstein, Guðjón Ketilsson, Indíana Auðunsdóttir, Nordic Angan, Rósa Gísladóttir, Sindri Leifsson, Tinna Gunnarsdóttir and Unndór Egill Jónsson. The curator of the exhibition is Unnur Mjöll S. Leifsdóttir.

UNTITLED WOOD SCULPTURES, 2013, FOUND FURNITURE

UNTITLED, 2013, FOUND FURNITURE, 200 x 110 x 67cm.

photograph: Sigfús Már Pétursson 

CALM SEA, 2020, PAINTED WOOD, 50x26x16 cm. 

photograph: Sigfús Már Pétursson

EARTH, WIND, FIRE, WATER

GALLERY F 15


NORDIC CONTEMPORARY

The exhibition EARTH, WIND, FIRE, WATER, presents new works by artists from the Nordic countries, which use contemporary craft in different ways to address our longing for a deeper connection to the earth, with practices linking to materiality, anthropology, geology and cosmology. These artists are in various ways forced by the climate crises to find new and alternative ways to work think and act as an artist, they seek coexistence with the natural world, and they are interested in how the materials have their own autonomy, their own will that cannot be controlled by the artist as single author. The artists want to challenge our perception and create an awareness of how different elements are entangled in a network of relations, many of the artists are concerned with where the materials come from, and what it took to get them to us.


Artists: Guðjón Ketilsson (IS), Hildur Bjarnadottir (IS), Brynjar Sigurðarson & Veronika Sedlmair (DE/IS), Alma Heikkilä (FI), Pekka Paikkari (FI), Karoline Hjorth, (NO) & Riitta Ikonen (FI), Charlotta Östlund (SE/FI), Ebba Bohlin (SE), Ivana Králíková (CZE/SE), Britta Marakatt-Labba (SE/Sami), Hedvig Winge (NO), Valentin Manz (DE/NO), Stian Korntved Ruud (NO), Joar Nango (NO/Sami), Kasper Kjeldgaard (DK), Ida Wieth (DK) and Louise Sidelmann (DK)

POEMS, 2018-2019, TREE BRANCHES, PAINT, 120 x 110 cm

AFTER ALL

GERÐARSAFN - KOPAVOGUR ART MUSEUM 


After All is a group exhibition with works by twelve contemporary Icelandic artists. The works have been selected based on how the beauty in the everyday, lightness, humour and playfulness appear in them. The exhibition is a response to the present situation in society, a reflection on what matters in the present and a contribution to the ongoing dialogue about what drives society and what matters to us.


Artists: Anna Hrund Másdóttir, Arna Óttarsdóttir, The Icelandic Love Corporation (Eirún Sigurðardóttir & Jóní Jóndóttir), Guðjón Ketilsson, Haraldur Jónsson, Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir, Klængur Gunnarsson, Kristín Dóra Ólafsdóttir, Logi Leó Gunnarsson, Ragnheiður Káradóttir, Una Björg Magnúsdóttir and Þór Sigurþórsson.


Curators: Brynja Sveinsdóttir and Jóna Hlíf Halldórsdóttir

AFTER ALL, EXHIBITION VIEW, GERÐARSAFN, KÓPAVOGUR ART MUSEUM, 2020

photograph: Sigfús Már Pétursson

UNTITLED, 2009-FURNITURE, WOOD, 40x80x50 cm.

photograph: Sigfús Már Pétursson

ELEVEN, 2017, FOUND MATERIALS, 40 x 27 x 14 cm.

photograph: Sigfús Már Pétursson  

UNTITLED, 2015, 2 x 130 x 2 cm., OIL ON CANVAS AND ALUMINUM WITH ENGRAVED TEXT

photograph: Vigfús Birgisson

UNTITLED, DETAIL

photograph: Vigfús Birgisson

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