Anna Hallin: Interplay
21 September 2013 – 5 January 2014
In her exhibition Interplay at the Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture Museum, Swedish-Icelandic artist Anna Hallin explores the threads that form so many connections in the history of art, between different countries, cultures and periods, and between one artist and another.
In this exhibition Anna works with a kind of interplay between her own works and the sculptures of Ásmundur Sveinsson (1893-1982), while also examining Ásmundur’s links with Sweden and the work of Carl Milles, who was Ásmundur’s tutor for several years in Stockholm. The exhibition includes sculptures by Anna, as well as drawings and an installation, which interact with the building that houses the Ásmundur Sveinsson Museum, and a selection of his works from the 1930s and 40s.
The figurative sculptures of Ásmundur Sveinsson and Carl Milles have much in common: they are, for instance, generally stylised nude figures. But Ásmundur’s formal language and interpretation is weightier and earthier: some figures almost appear to have “risen” like dough. Milles’ works, in contrast, are airier and more classical in both style and narrative. But both artists felt that their work belonged in public spaces, and each found inspiration in his own cultural heritage. Anna Hallin has studied the work of these two artists in detail, and she too works in the figurative tradition in the pieces shown here; but she views the subject from a contemporary feminist perspective, seeking out unexpected connections in time and space – where a kind of visual coalescence may take place, and where interesting friction can occur.
In the exhibition, an interplay is created between the forms and outlines of very different works of art. In the mind of the observer, a certain comparative process takes place – visual and ideational.
At the same time the observer is urged to see art in a broader context – historical and social.
Anna Hallin, born in Sweden in 1965, has lived in Reykjavík since 2001. Anna holds master’s degrees in ceramic art from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, and in fine arts from Mills College in Oakland, California.
During her career Anna has taken part in many group shows in Iceland and elsewhere, and held solo exhibitions in Sweden, Finland and Germany, among other places. Works by Anna Hallin are in the collections of e.g. Gerðarsafn, the Reykjanes Art Museum and the National Gallery of Iceland. For some years Anna has pursued her art in collaboration with her wife, artist Olga Bergmann, under the name Berghall; they exhibited their work e.g. at the National Gallery of Iceland in 2012.
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