Listasafn Islands

Artists´s Talk – Inga Þórey Jóhannsdóttir & Kristinn E. Hrafnsson. Hafnarhús, Sunday 20 February 3 p.m.

Artists Inga Þórey Jóhannsdóttir (b. 1966) and Kristinn E. Hrafnsson (b. 1960) participate in a gallery talk through the exhibition 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.

Inga Þórey Jóhannsdóttir´s Untitled (2005-11), a passageway built by a Hafnarhús window, is evocative and hard to pin down. It is a ramp leading up and out, but you meet up with glass and get nowhere. It is reminiscent of an airplane, in that the windows have the same slant as the floor, but it also resembles a land-fast gangway up to a ship or plane.

Kristinn E. Hrafnsson exhibits two works, Place - Something Can Happen Here (1994) located in pavement near the entrance to Hafnarhús and North #2 (2011) installed inside the museum. A circle large enough for guests to step into, a horizon line of sorts, you see the same word wherever you turn: ‘North’.

The talk will be held in Icelandic.

Printed of the web Reykjvik Art Museum, 08.50.2015