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Hverfisgallerí (IS)

Hverfisgallerí focuses on presenting diverse and ambitious contemporary art works reflecting the ethos of Icelandic and international art. Hverfisgallerí was founded in 2013 and is located in the heart of Reykjavík city centre. The gallery represents an interesting variety of contemporary artist, both emerging and established artists. Hverfisgallerí organises 8-10 exhibitions each year and apart from artist exhibitions, Hverfisgallerí also participates in international art fairs to promote its 14 resident artist.

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At CHART 2021, Hverfisgallerí will present works by four of the gallery’s leading artists, Hildur Bjarnadóttir, Loji Höskuldsson, Hrafnkell Sigurðsson, and Kristinn E. Hrafnsson. These artists share a conceptual framework concerned with heritage and the history of Icelandic cultural identity, however, their respective practices differ according to medium and aesthetic nuances.

Loji Höskuldsson, Fíflarnir við húsvegginn, 2020, Burlap and wool, 100 x 140 cm. Photo by Vigfús Birgisson

Hrafnkell Sigurðsson, Upplausn / Resolution Part 3, 2020, Diasec mounted inkjet print (antireflective, UV protected acrylic glass), 80 x 80 cm. Photo by Vigfús Birgisson

Kristinn E. Hrafnsson, FARIÐ UM HEIMINN / WANDER THE WORLD, 2009-2020, print on paper, 33.5 x 98 cm. Photo by Vigfús Birgisson

Hildur Bjarnadóttir, spaciousness, 2016, Woven wool, linen, plant dye, acrylic paint, 33 x 21 x 2.5 cm. Photo by Vigfús Birgisson

Hildur Bjarnadóttir (IS)

In her work Hildur Bjarnadóttir investigates issues of belonging, ecology, place and cohabitation, working with animals and plants on a small piece of land in the south of Iceland where she lives and works. The plants are imprinted with information – by way of the soil and air – from the ecological and social systems they exist within. Bjarnadóttir makes this information visible by extracting colour from the plants which she uses to dye wool thread and silk fabric to make woven paintings and large-scale silk installations.

Hildur Bjarnadóttir (b. 1969) lives and works between Iceland and Norway. Recent solo exhibitions include: 2019; Symbiosis at Soft Galleri in Oslo, 2017; Cohabitation at Trondelag Senter for Samtidskunst, 2016; Ecosystem of Color at Reykjavík Art Museum, Kjarvalsstaðir, Colors of Belonging in Bergen Kjøtt, Norway, 2015; Subjective Systems in Kunstnerforbundet Oslo and Mapping a Piece of Land in Hverfisgallerí, and 2014; Flora of Weeds in Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavík.

Hildur Bjarnadóttir

Tumble, jacquard weaving, 177,5x131x2,8cm
2021

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spaciousness

Woven wool, linen, plant dye, acrylic paint 33 x 21 x 2.5 cm
2016

Photo by Vigfús Birgisson

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spaciousness

Woven wool, linen, plant dye, acrylic paint, 33 x 21 x 2.5 cm
2016

Photo by Vigfús Birgisson

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Hildur Bjarnadóttir

The artist in Flóahreppur collecting plants to use for her work
2016

Courtesy of the artist

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Hildur Bjarnadóttir

From Þúfugarðar
2014

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Hildur Bjarnadóttir

Installation view from Hildur Bjarnadóttir´s exhibition at Hverfisgallerí, "Contemplated randomness"
2016-2017

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Hildur Bjarnadóttir

Wool and linen, 80x60x25cm
2021

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Hildur Bjarnadóttir

Wool and linen, 86x69x25cm
2021

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Hildur Bjarnadóttir

Installation view of Hildur Bjarnadóttir's solo exhibition Ecosystem of Colors in Kjarvalsstaðir, Reykjavik
2016-2017

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"Plants function as recording devices in the place they grow in; they contain the specific social and ecological context of the place."

Hildur Bjarnadóttir

CHART De-centred Publication, 2020

Kristinn E. Hrafnsson (IS)

In Kristinn E. Hrafnsson´s works we can detect a philosophical thread in which he ponders the concepts of time, space, movement, relativity and language. His art deals with people, and man´s understanding of his surroundings and how nature influences our outlook and relationships. The relationship between the artwork and its surroundings has always been an important aspect of his work, but throughout his career Kristinn has created numerous site specific works, outdoors and indoors, both in collaboration with architects and as solo projects.

was born in 1960 in Ólafsfjörður, Iceland. He studied at the Icelandic College of Arts and Crafts and graduate finished his graduate studies at Akademie der Bildenden Kunste in Munich, Germany in 1990. Hrafnsson lives and works in Reykjavik. His works have been exhibited widely in Iceland and Europe, and are part of all of Iceland's major museum collections, both private and public. Recent exhibitions include 2020; Diurnal cycle, Hverfisgallerí, Reykjavík, Iceland, 2019; Creation of Childhood, Akureyri Art Museum, Iceland, 2018; What now? Ólafsfjörður, Iceland, 2018; These times, Hverfisgallerí, Reykjavik, Iceland.

Diuarnal Cycle

Messing, 115 x 50 x 4 cm
2021

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Threshold II

Stainless steel, 70 x 15 cm
2021

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Wander the World

Print on paper, installation view
2009 - 2020

Photo by Vigfus Birgisson

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Installation view at Hverfisgallerí - Dirunal Cycle by Kristinn E. Hrafnsson

Hrafnkell Sigurðsson (IS)

In Hrafnkell Sigurdsson’s most recent work he picks up the baton where the Hubble Space Telescope leaves off. In photographs which are taken as far out to the edge of space as modern technology allows, he selects pixels and improvises a continuation to the pictorial information found in the data. His processing opens up an access to colours and forms which he focuses on, creating a vastness which gets the imagination going. At the same time, the works are reminiscent of the familiar surface of the land; lava or vegetation.

Hrafnkell Sigurðsson (1963) was born in Reykjavík, where he commenced his studies before proceeding in Maastricht, before moving to London in 1993. He completed his MFA at Goldsmiths College in 2002. Sigurdsson has exhibited worldwide, from Europe to East Asia, Tasmania to the Louvre, and he was granted the prestigious Icelandic Visual Art Award in 2007. Photography and digital tapestry has been Hrafnkell Sigurðsson’s principal means in the last years, although his oeuvre comprises a variety of other media, including video, sculpture and installation. During his early years Sigurdsson was an active member of the experimental Rock group Oxsmá, taking an active part in the sensational post-punk scene in Reykjavík in the 1980s, which conceived a number of renowned musicians, filmmakers, writers and visual artists.

Resolution 3

Diasec mounted inkjet print, 80x80cm
2021

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Resolution 3

Diasec mounted inkjet print, 80x80cm
2021

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Resolution 32

Diasec mounted inkjet print, 150x150cm
2021

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Resolution 41

Diasec mounted inkjet print, 150x150cm
2021

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Installation view of Resolution series, 2021, Museum photo

Loji Höskuldsson (IS)

In his work Loji Höskuldsson explores new and traditional ways of embroidery, a technique he inherited from his mother who is a professional seamstress and embroidery expert. He most often depicts a sort of still life with focus on everyday objects, plants and fruits and explores subtle, poetic situations in our domestic lives with a unique blend of nostalgy, irony and sincerity. His works are humorous and playful, elevating seemingly tedious elements of sewing and craftwork to a place of joy and personal connection.

Loji Höskuldsson graduated from the Icelandic Academy of the Arts in 2010. Recent solo exhibitions include Safnasafnið in Akureyri (2021), Ásmundarsalur (2019), and Hverfisgallerí (2019). In 2021 Höskuldsson has published a book on his research and documentation of Icelandic architect Sigvaldur Thordarson. He is also an active musician, performer and writer – and has played with various Icelandic bands at numerous music festivals in Iceland and abroad, and has written two radio plays that were broadcast live in the Reykjavik Art Museum in 2010 and by the Icelandic National Radio Station (RUV) in 2015.

The painters lunch and his new vase

Burlap and wool, 60x48cm
2021

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The Painters vase

Burlap and wool, 60x48cm
2021

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