BERG Contemporary (IS)

BERG Contemporary aims to provide a diversified forum for contemporary art by representing emerging and established artists, and by seeking the resonant tone of the present through a programme of innovative exhibitions. BERG Contemporary is located in an old glass factory in Reykjavík, Iceland.

Curated for
CHART

For CHART 2022, BERG Contemporary will present works by pioneering video artists Steina and Woody Vasulka alongside the nuanced and multi-layered works of video artist Sigurður Guðjónsson.

Steina and Woody Vasulka (IS/CZ)

During their lifelong dialogue with machines – from cathode-ray televisions to digital computer systems – video revolutionists Steina and Woody Vasulka were among the first to engage with the electronic signal as an artistic medium. Their extensive body of work has shaped and continues to articulate the structure and materiality of video art history. In 1971 they founded The Kitchen in New York, one of the first institutions to embrace the emerging fields of video art, performance art, and cross-disciplinary practice.

Steina (b. 1940, Reykjavík; IS) and Woody Vasulka (b. 1937, Brno; CZ. d. 2019) have received numerous awards and recognitions for their life’s work, such as Guggenheim fellowships and honorary doctorates from SFMOMA (US). Their work has been exhibited extensively in many of the world’s most major museums including: the Whitney Museum of American Art (US) and The Centre Pompidou (FR).

Steina, Bad (Still no. 1)

Pigment print on cotton paper, 44h x 64w cm, Framed: 50.50h x 70w cm, edition 3 of 3
2020

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Steina, Bad (Still no. 3)

Pigment print on cotton paper, 44h x 64w cm, framed: 50.50h x 70w cm, edition 3 of 3
2020

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Steina, Bad (Still no. 8)

Pigment print on cotton paper, 44h x 64w cm, framed: 50.50h x 70w cm, edition 3 of 3
2020

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Woody Vasulka, Waveform Studies XXVIII, Iris Print Series 1977-2003

Iris Print, 89h x 119w cm, framed: 96h x 126.50w cm, edition 1 of 3

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Woody Vasulka, Glass - Lucifer's Commission, Iris Print Series 1977-2003

Iris Print, framed: 138h x 138w cm, edition 1 of 1

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Steina and Woody Vasulka, installation view at BERG Contemporary

Courtesy of the artists and BERG Contemporary

Portrait of Steina and Woody Vasulka

Courtesy of BERG Contemporary and the artists

Sigurður Guðjónsson (IS)

Sigurður Guðjónsson is best known for his striking time-based media works that investigate man-made machinery and technical relics, in conjunction with their natural elements. Powerfully combining moving image and sound, the artist’s complex, multi-layered works offer a poetic exploration of materiality and its hidden elements, just beyond our field of perception.

Sigurður Guðjónsson’s (b. 1975) work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the world, in such institutions as the National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik Art Museum, Scandinavia House in New York, Liverpool Biennial, and Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin. Guðjónsson currently represents Iceland at the 2022 Venice Biennale.

Fluorescent 3

Pigment print, 80h x 100w cm, framed: 81h x 101w cm, edition 2 of 5
2021

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Fluorescent 4

Pigment print, 80h x 100w cm, framed: 81h x 101w cm, edition 1 of 5
2021

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Frequency

Pigment print, 85h x 160w cm, edition 1 of 5
2021

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Perpetual motion, Icelandic Pavilion at 59th La Biennale di Venezia, 2022