Þula is a commercial gallery space, representing and exhibiting a selection of established and emerging contemporary artists, bringing the latest currents in the Icelandic artworld to a local and international platform. It strives to not only bring together its surrounding community through the language of art but to create a dialogue between cultures, introduce new narratives and blur borders. The gallery was originally founded in 2013 by the name of Hverfisgallerí, taking the name Þula in 2023.
For CHART 2023, Þula will exhibit three Icelandic artists whose work represents a cross section of some of the most celebrated female artists from their generation, within each of their respective disciplines - those being: painting, photography and sculpture.
Auður Lóa, Plastic Gloves, Sculpture, paper mache, acrylics and epoxy, 2022
Kristín Morthens, Vatnið og þokan II, Oil, pastels and spraypaint on canvas, 2022
Anna Maggý, Blue, Photography, 2023
Auður Lóa (IS)
Auður Lóa Guðnadóttir is an artist whose work plays on the border between sculpture and drawing, creating miniature figures that take inspiration from everyday phenomena; source material includes everything from Ancient Greek iconography to recent viral Instagram posts. The colors are vibrant and the sculptures feel familiar, often seeming to create a theatrical scene when they interact with each other, as well as telling their own individual stories
Auður Lóa (b. 1993; IS) lives and works in Reykjavík (IS). She graduated from the Iceland Academy of the Arts, Reykjavík (IS) in 2015 and received the Icelandic Art Price Motivational Award in 2018 for the exhibition ‘Diana, Forever’. Recent solo exhibitions include Reykjavík Art Museum, Reykjavík (IS); Akureyri Art Museum, Akureyri (IS); Þula, Reykjavík (IS).
Anna Maggý’s works explore the materiality of photography, connecting it with contemporary social structures and their boundaries. Though mediums such as video, collage, and installation, she strives to establish a connection between reality and dreams – the tangible and intangible – through the lens of the subconscious mind. Using a signature layering technique, she creates images that feel almost digital, photographing the same photograph through different materials like glass and water, multiple times, so the result feels somewhat abstracted.
Anna Maggý (b.1995; IS) is an Icelandic photographer and director who lives and works in Reykjavík. Her work has been published in Vogue Italia, British Vogue, Dazed and Confused and I-D Magazine. Recent solo exhibitions of her work include Ásmundarsalur, Reykjavík (IS); Þula, Reykjavík (IS); LA Art Show 2023, Los Angeles (US).
Kristín Morthens' paintings deal with boundaries, intimacy and seperation through narratives of limb-like figures in abstract spaces. These subjects often perform a gesture of almost-touching, reaching out or pulling in, either toward themselves or between each other. The focus of physicality is repeated through layering techniques using materials such as oil, spray paint and dry pastels. The contrasting surfaces highlight the notions of boundaries and materialism.
Kristín Morthens (b. 1992) graduated with a BFA in painting from OCAD University, Toronto, 2018. Her works have been exhibited in Montreal, Toronto, Stuttgart, Malmö, Reykjavík and Copenhagen. Her most recent solo exhibitions include 'Gegnumtrekkur' at Þula (2021), 'Að snerta uppsprettu' at Listval (2022) and 'Air Under Water' at Þula (2023). Kristín lives and works in Reykjavík.