i8 Gallery (IS)

Over its twenty-six year history, i8 Gallery has fostered an influential group of artists from its Reykjavík base. The foundation of i8 Gallery is the conceptual rigour and intellectual spirit of its artists’ practices, which subtly unites the diverse roster. The twenty-three artists of the gallery work in a variety of mediums, including sculpture, painting, drawing, video, textile, installation, and performance.

Tryggvagata 16
101 Reykjavík
Iceland
(+354) 551 3666

Curated for
CHART

For CHART 2022, i8 Gallery will present works by three of the gallery artists: Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir, Eggert Pétursson, and Þór Vigfússon. Despite their varied approach to art, these artists are united by their rigorous conceptual practices. Each considers ideas relating to perception and the environment and shares a systematic approach to their work, examining ideas of color, scale, and representation across the mediums of painting, sculpture, and installation.

Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir, N ́JOY, 2019, laser cut post-it note 7,5 x 7,5 cm

Eggert Pétursson, Untitled, (Kjarvalshaus), 2020, signed on back, oil on canvas, 120 x 130 cm

Þór Vigfússon, Untitled, 2021, enameled glass, 180 x 50 cm

Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir (IS)

Throughout her nuanced practice, Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir explores ideas of beauty, utility, and context, continually questioning the relationship between perception and reality. The artist often examines banal items such as computer buttons, plastic clips, and textile sprays, celebrating their simplicity and the fact of their essential existence. By presenting prosaic objects in new mediums and scales, Birgisdóttir overemphasizes their familiarity, but also questions the straightforwardness of their functionality. These shifts highlight the sculptural value of the original item and celebrate the aesthetics of objects that are normally overlooked.

Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir (b. 1980, Reykjavík) lives and works in Reykjavík. In 2021, she was included in shows at Iceland's Reykjavik Art Museum; the GES-2 House of Culture (RU); the V-A-C Foundation (RU) and H2H (GR). Her work is included in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Iceland (IS), the Reykjavík Art Museum (IS), and Iceland's Living Art Museum (IS), among others. Birgisdóttir graduated from the Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2003.

1:40

Discarded gym mat, 100 x 120 x 3 cm
2021

Courtesy of the artist and i8 Gallery, photo by Vigfús Birgisson

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Category (b2)

Magnetic paint, root from Kalymnos, found paper, 84 x 66 cm
2017

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N'JOY

Laser cut post-it note, 7.5 x 7.5 cm
2019

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GDP (Gross Domestic Product)

Installation view from the group exhibition 'To Moscow! To Moscow! To Moscow!' at Ges-2 House of Culture, V-A-C Foundation in Moscow
2021

Photo by Ivan Erofeev

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PEACE

Photo backdrop, T-shirt, spray cans, polycoated metal dimensions variable
2022

 

Lemon nr. 1

Polycoated metal, masonit, wet tissue, sticker, 533.4 x 188 x 101.6 cm
2019

 

Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir, installation view from the exhibition 'a) b) c) d) e) & f)', 2017, i8 Gallery

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Eggert Pétursson (IS)

Eggert Pétursson's sole focus is Icelandic flora. With dizzying effect, Pétursson's unique paintings of Iceland's seemingly barren landscape's minute tundra flowers reveal the universe within. At first glance, his paintings appear abstract, but closer inspection reveals them to be hyper-realistic. Each petal, stem, and leaf is created by an infinite regression of painstaking brush detail, captivating the viewer with a stunning composition of brush strokes in intricate colour combinations. The works range from detailed, realistic depictions of plants to a more abstract use of the medium, with layers of paint building up the image to a relief quality. Pétursson has earned a reputation as one of Iceland‘s most beloved landscape and lyrical artists due to his unwavering dedication and close ties to local traditions.

Eggert Pétursson (b. 1956) lives and works in Reykjavik. He studied at the Icelandic College of Art and Crafts, Reykjavik, and the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht. Eggert has exhibited at The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik Art Museum, Museum Fodor, Amsterdam and Kópavogur Art Museum. Pétursson received the second price of the Carnegie Art Award 2006 (Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki, Reykjavik, Nice and Copenhagen).

Untitled, (Kjarvalshaus)

Oil on canvas, 120 x 130 cm
2020

 

Untitled

Oil on canvas
2019-2020

 

Untitled [detail]

Oil on canvas, 185 x 270 x 4 cm
2019-2020

 

Untitled

Oil on canvas
2015-2017

 

Installation view at i8 Gallery in Reykjavik, 2017

Þór Vigfússon (IS)

Þór Vigfússon creates powerful objects with colour, texture, and reflection using prefabricated industrial materials. His deceptively simple works, primarily made of glass, plexiglass, mirrors, and Formica with monotone colour fields, push the boundaries between two- and three-dimensional works. Architecture and space play a vital role in their presentation. The works constantly change, eliciting intimate contemplation from the viewer. Vigfússon‘s geometric works are self-referential, singular, and ideal objects in the minimalist tradition, emphasizing the purification and simplification of the art form. They are both a reflection and a function of the inner rationalism of contemporary technological society.

Þór Vigfússon (b 1954) lives and works in Iceland. He studied at the Icelandic College of Art and Crafts, Reykjavik and Strichting De Vrije Academie, The Hague in 1978. Vigfússon has had solo exhibitions at Quint Gallery, San Diego, USA (2011); LA Art Museum, Hveragerdi, Iceland (2003); Reykjavik Art Museum (2002) and at The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik (1998). He was nominated for the Carnegie Art Award in 2008 (touring exhibition to Helsinki, Oslo, Copenhagen, Reykjavik, Stockholm, London, Gothenburg and Carros, France).

Untitled

Enameled glass
2021

 

Untitled

Permanent installation at Reykjavik Energy in Reykjavik, Iceland
2002

 

Untitled

Mdf, acrylic with lacquer finish. Diameter: 60 cm diameter: 23 5/8 in
2004

 

Installation view

At i8 Gallery in Reykjavik
2010

 

Untitled

Enameled glass. 90 x 150 cm 5 panels each: 90 x 30 cm
2021

 

Þór Vigfússon: Installation view at i8 Gallery in Reykjavik, 2016.

Courtesy of the artist and i8 Gallery