Ongoing Now: 'Hreintjarnir' By Harpa Árnadóttir - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Ongoing Now: ‘Hreintjarnir’ By Harpa Árnadóttir

Ongoing Now: ‘Hreintjarnir’ By Harpa Árnadóttir

Published August 11, 2015

Katie Steen
Photos by
Harpa Árnadóttir

“Icelandic summer,” with its 11-degree days and unbudging cloud covers, is almost an oxymoron to those from countries that actually experience legitimate summers (i.e. most of the northern hemisphere). But even if summers here are chilly and fleeting, there’s no denying that there’s something mystical about those endless golden days with the midnight sun. In her exhibit ‘Hreintjarnir’ (“Clear Ponds”), Harpa Árnadóttir attempts to capture the ephemeral spirit of summer in this neck of the (mostly treeless) woods. Though abstract, her works portray the Icelandic landscape with soothing, earthy colour schemes and rich textures. Some of her works combine poetry and imagery, and the title of the exhibit takes its name from a book of poetry by Einar Bragi. Despite the occasional shit weather, there’s no denying that there’s something special about summer in Iceland, so enjoy it while it lasts.

‘Hreintjarnir’ is showing at Hverfisgallerí until August 22. See our listing here for all the details.

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