Modern Installations at Hafnarborg - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Modern Installations at Hafnarborg

Modern Installations at Hafnarborg

Published September 22, 2006

The group exhibition entitled “Mega vott,” currently on display at The Hafnarfjörður Institute of Culture and Fine Art (Hafnarborg), features the works of contemporary sculpture contributed by five women. Artists shown are Icelanders Anna Eyjólfsdóttir, Ragnhildur Stefánsdóttir, Rúrí, Þórdís Alda Sigurðardóttir and American Jessica Stockholder. Although their works, which include abstract instalments, differ in many ways, the women share a common need to reevaluate their art form in a radical way. They seek to expand aesthetic approaches by breaking some conventional rules.
Stockholder, for example, mixes mass-produced objects like refrigerators, old suitcases and store containers together with self designed modules, resulting in unique compositions. The effect is one of mixing recycling and strong formalism, two concepts usually not linked together. Sigurðardóttir and Eyjólfsdóttir’s works impose similar visual deliverance upon their patrons.
While the human body may be Stefánsdóttir´s output, her works are in no way similar to traditional sculptures. In her exhibitions she has cut the body to pieces and reassembled, at the same time transforming human organs in visually different arrangements.
Rúri is known for her refusal to confine herself to one medium. She has, for example, used photographs and videos to broaden her creations. Her current video installation at Hafnarborg taps strong historical references which are based on her travel experiences to Bosnia & Herzegovina, as well as neighbouring countries, in 1998. It is accompanied by music composed by Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, the Icelandic “allsherjargoði”, which serves to meld her ideas into one unique piece.
The exhibition will be open until October 2nd.

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