ID LAB Artists
The Icelandic Love Corporation (Gjörningaklúbburinn) is a group of three artists who have worked together since 1996: Eirún Sigurðardóttir (b. 1971), Jóní Jónsdóttir (b. 1972) and Sigrún Hrólfsdóttir (b. 1973). Their installations, photographic works, and performances have earned notice at home and abroad for a bold and pleasing presentation. The Corporation has participated in exhibitions and created work for museums and exhibition venues in many parts of the world. This September the Love Corporation is a participant in London’s Frieze festival; next year, in addition to a host of other projects in which the Corporation will have a hand, an exhibition of its work will open in Tasmania.
Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir aka Shoplifter (b. 1969) lives and works in New York City. In recent years she has worked with hair, creating large murals and installations such as her well-received work last spring for New York’s MOMA. She has contributed work to exhibitions in many parts of the world and worked on collaborative projects with a host of well-known artists and groups. She has also worked for Björk, for example creating the singer’s appearance for her album, Medúlla. Arnardóttir will participate in the 2008 annual Deitch Art Parade in New York. An exhibition of her work will open at Gallery i8 in spring 2009.
Huginn Þór Arason (b. 1976) is a young artist who has been a force on the Reykjavík art scene since completing graduate studies in Vienna in 2007. His projects include co-curating the celebrated Apostle’s Clubhouse exhibition for the Reykjavík Art Museum’s Hafnarhús in 2006. Arason’s work is on the boundaries of sculpture, painting, and performance. Through direct and frank outreach to exhibition guests, the artist’s presence and identity become a strong and palpable part of the work. Arason is a participant in London’s Frieze festival this fall. Next year, as well as contributing to many projects here in Iceland, Arason will exhibit works in Oslo and in Melbourne, Australia.
Jón Sæmundur Auðarson (b. 1968) is a visual artist who has had a great influence on street fashion in Reykjavik. His visual artwork building on a skull and texts has become a kind of trademark that has carried the artist’s ideology well beyond the borders of the visual arts and influenced contemporary fashion trends. Auðarson’s texts reflect his personal stance as an HIV-positive individual who has made his peace with death yet lives a healthy life with energy and without fear. HE WHO FEARS DEATH DOESN’T KNOW HOW TO ENJOY LIFE. Auðarson studied visual art at the Iceland Academy of the Arts and pursued graduate study in Scotland. He has had solo exhibitions in Iceland and participated in diverse visual-art and music projects abroad.
Katrín Ólína Pétursdóttir (b. 1967) is a designer who works in the international arena. She earned a degree in product design in Paris in 1995 and has designed many commonly recognized products, as well as created interior designs both in Europe and Asia. Her work has been discussed internationally in many journals and books. In recent years Pétursdóttir has created visual art that in many ways recalls her design yet forms an independent realm. It tells an interesting story full of symbols and allusions that underscore a dream-like atmosphere. In Pétursdóttir’s work, narrative vigor meets a designer’s disciplined hand.