Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Anti-Grand: Contemporary Perspectives on Landscape


On view January 15 through March 6, 2015, in the Harnett Museum of Art, is the exhibition Anti-Grand: Contemporary Perspectives on Landscape curated by N. Elizabeth Schlatter  and Kenta Murakami. The exhibition features 24 contemporary, international artists, artists’ collectives and game developers who examine, challenge, and re-define the concept of landscape while simultaneously drawing attention to humanity’s hubristic attempts to relate to, preserve, and manage the natural environment. Anti-Grand includes 33 works of art, with video, installation, video games, and traditional two- and three-dimensional work.
All of the works in the exhibition were created since 2000 to focus on art made well after the initial developments of the modern and popular discourse on environmentalism and sustainability. The exhibition’s title Anti-Grand suggests an approach to the topic that is opposite one of awe and reverie of the past, approaches that are now difficult to consider without an implicit sense of irony. Contemporary Perspectives of Landscape emphasizes the role of the artist’s and/or viewer’s choice of framing device as applied to both the represented scenery and the genre at large. Engaging humor, tenderness, ambivalence, and respect, the artists look at many facets of this subject. Unifying the exhibition are issues of representation that are inherent to the genre and the various ways in which artists have self-reflexively considered their relationship to the artistic subject.
As a starting point, the exhibition considers the idea of the landscape as “an aesthetic category par excellence.”  This concept is explored in Kim Keever’s (American, born 1955) photographs and video of landscapes constructed in 200-gallon tanks filled with water, the experimental prints of photographer Matthew Brandt (American, born 1982), and the voyeuristic dioramas of Patrick Jacobs’ (American, born 1971) set into the walls of a gallery. Katrín Elvarsdóttir (Icelandic, born 1964), the artists collective Flatform, and Jon-Phillip Sheridan (American, born 1977) all explore how landscape is perceived and framed, both by the camera and the viewer.

                                 Vanished Summer 32, 2013
Online Catalog: http://www.antigrand.com

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Vanished Summer at Deborah Berke

 An exhibition with some of my work from the Vanished Summer series opened at Deborah Berke last week. The exhibition is open by appointment until Dec 15th, more info here.


The book Vanished Summer can be ordered through Artbook.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Cyclone LA Art Museum

Cyclone/Hringiða at  LA Art Museum, Hveragerði.

Cyclone is an audiovisual installation treating borders, real and imaginary. It searches out the occasions, actions, and thoughts that keep us in a lockhold and proceeds to the state in which we silently lose our capacity to imagine. From these impasses the narrative moves on to a possible confrontation with others or reflections on ourselves. It leads us to the threshold of circular motions that follow the rotational direction of the Earth.

Curator: Mari Krappala
Artists: Lilja BirgisdóttirKatrín Elvarsdóttir, Eeva Hannula, Hertta Kiiski, Marko Maetamm, Tiina Palmu.

The exhibition is open from 12-6 pm every day until July 6th 2014.  More information here

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Vanished Summer  a new book!

The series Vanished Summer is inspired by Gyrðir Eliasson´s texts on solitude and isolation that oscilate between the logical and the fantastic and explore the relationship between man and surroundings.
The book holds photographs of Trailers in summer and winter, inscrutable pictures of nature and of unoccupied houses where man made environment creates a frame for the imagination of the spectator.
Vanished Summer by Katrín Elvarsdóttir is published by Crymogea.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Vanished Summer / Horfið sumar

              My solo exhibition Vanished Summer opened this week-end at ASÍ Art Museum.
The title of the exhibition is borrowed from a short story by the Icelandic writer Gyrdir Eliasson.  In this series I'm exploring the interplay of man and nature, how man's actions affect the environment.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Nordic Art Station

New work from my series Nowhereland is currently on view at Eskilstuna Art Museum, the theme of the exhibition  is “Merry Melancholy”. Seen from the outside gloom and melancholy has characterized the world's view of the Nordic countries. Sadness and longing. The darkness but also the light explosion with gentle transitions and the knowledge that everything lasts but a short time. Is it possible to add doses of humor and appreciation? Can we send melancholy a warm greeting? Can we go as far as to celebrate it? That’s what the Nordic Art Station will examine.
more info here.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Nordic Now

Special issue on Nordic contemporary photography

My work is presented in the special issue on Nordic contemporary photography; nordic now! The publication features portfolios by over fifty established and upcoming Nordic artists.

In addition there are essays by leading critics and curators 
from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland, and interviews with representatives from Nordic institutions that support and promote photography. These are complemented by an interview with the legendary picture editor Kathy Ryan from the New York Times Magazine, who gives an outside view of Nordic contemporary photography. 
The publication  is the result of a unique collaboration between the photo magazines Filter (Denmark), Photo Raw (Finland) and Objektiv (Norway). The special issue is published by Musta Taide, which is part of Aalto University’s publishing house Aalto ARTS Books.

from the series Nowhereland

Nordic now! is now released in Denmark as part of Copenhagen Art Week.

This Saturday August 24th at 8pm there will be a release party