Without Destination - Erró –Assemblage – Hops Hopsi. Opening Thursday 20 January at 5 p.m.

Three exhibitions will be opend at Hafnarhús on Thursday 20 January at 5 p.m. Without Destination, D19-Hulda Rós Guðnadóttir and Erró Assamblage.

What makes a nondescript area into a place? How does a place become a destination? Wanderlust and the traveler’s experience of his or her surroundings during the journey mark the point of departure for Without Destination. The exhibition reveals how Icelandic and international artists work through different connections with locations and places, be they nearby or remote in space or time. Their works reflect ideas in contemporary art about travel, places and non-places, and the topography of the mind and of the landscape. They direct our attention to creative and personal conversations that emerge when we experience different places and shape our ideas about them. Many of the works depict Iceland and appear both familiar and uncanny to Icelandic eyes, illustrating how the diversity of experience impacts the depiction of a given place. The exhibition shows works by artists who attempt in various ways to transmit their experiences from elsewhere, while simultaneously creating a new experience for the spectator in the here and now—for as the saying goes, it’s the journey itself that matters, not the destination. The exhibition is due until 10 April.

The exhibition includes works by Eva Arnqvist, Einar Garibaldi Eiríksson, Ólafur Elíasson, Johan Furåker, Hamish Fulton, Kristinn E. Hrafnsson, Roni Horn, Unnar Örn Jónasson Auðarson, Haraldur Jónsson, Húbert Nói Jóhannesson, Inga Þórey Jóhannsdóttir, Walter Niedermayr, Þorgerður Ólafsdóttir, Katrín Sigurðardóttir , Fiete Stolte, John Bock, Friðrik Þór Friðriksson, Ragnheiður Gestsdóttir, Ghostigital/Finnbogi Pétursson/Skúli Sverrisson, Peter Hutton, Wolfgang Müller, Rory Middleton, Deborah Stratman and Institut für Raumexperimente.

D19 – Hulda Rós Guðnadóttir
The D19 project, Hops Hopsi, is a 10-channel video installation created in 2010. The title of the installation is borrowed from the names of two clowns (Hop and Hopsi) who were once key characters at an amusement park in East Berlin Spreepark, which has been abandoned since the turn of the last century. The artist Hulda Rós Guðnadóttir (b.1973) has been working and showing her work through films, performances, and installations since 2004. She holds a Master of Art degree in Design for interactive media from Middlesex University, London, and bachelor degrees one in social anthropology from University of Iceland, and the other in visual art from Icelandic Academy of the Arts. Hulda Rós Guðnadóttir currently lives and works in Reykjavík and Berlin.

Curated by Yean Fee Quay. The exhibition is due until 27 February. Hulda Rós gives an artist talk on Sunday 30 January 3 p.m.

Watch the exhibition in progress on Vimeo.

Erró – Assemblage
This exhibition is intended as an extension of the show Erró – Collage, also on display at Hafnarhús. Assemblage, a form of three-dimensional collage, first appears in Erró’s work in the series Mécamasks (1959) and in the props for the short film Mechanical Concerto for Madness, or the Mad Mechamorphosis (1962–1963) by Éric Duvivier. These works are composed of readymade objects and waste from industrial and bourgeois society. They share the same artistic themes and intentions as the collage series Méca-make-up and Mécacollages (1959–1963) and speak to the artist’s desire to renew connections with everyday life and enable art to draw even closer to life. After 1963, Erró has created assemblages only as a rare exception, the most memorable of which are the three monumental works that Erró made in 1998–2004 with the help of numerous schoolchildren in Réunion, a French island in the Indian Ocean.  Curated by Danielle Kvaran. The exhibition is due until 10 April.

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