Þula | CHART

Þula (IS)

Þula is a contemporary art gallery that was founded in July 2020 by Ásdís Þula Þorláksdóttir, and has already become a well known name on the Icelandic art scene. Þula focuses on emerging artists, in combination with more established ones through monthly exhibitions.

Hjartatorg
Hverfisgata 34
101 Reykjavík
(+354) 771 8010

Curated for
CHART

For CHART 2021 Þula will be presenting an exhibition by Kristín Morthens. The paintings include narratives of intimacy, separation and boundaries interpreted in terms of physical form within abstract spaces that do not seem to belong to this world.

Kristín Morthens, Gegnumtrekkur, 2021, Oil, sand, pastel and charcoal on linen, 190 x 220 cm. Photo by Arnarldur Halldórsson

Kristín Morthens, Sog, 2021, Oil, sand, pastel and charcoal on linen, 80 x 70 cm. Photo by Arnarldur Halldórsson

Kristín Morthens, Gegnumtrekkur, Installation view

Kristín Morthens, Gegnumtrekkur, Installation view

Kristín Morthens (IS)

Kristín Morthens' paintings deals with boundaries, intimacy and separation 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 sand, oil, dry pastels and charcoal. The contrasting surfaces highlight notions of boundaries and materialism.

Kristín Morthens’ (b. 1992) solo exhibitions include Gegnumtrekkur at Þula, Reykjavík (2021); Introducing Kristín Morthens at Christopher Cutts, Toronto (2019); and I Followed a Spiral, It Felt Like a Loop at Angell Gallery, Toronto (2019). Morthens' work has been shown at Art Miami, Art Toronto and Foire Papier. She works between Reykjavík and Toronto.

Brennisteinn

Oil, sand, pastel and charcoal on linen, 80 x 70 cm
2021

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13 tungl

Oil, sand, pastel and charcoal on linen, 150 x 120 cm
2021

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Gegnumtrekkur

Oil, sand, pastel and charcoal on linen, 190 x 220 cm
2021

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Sólin hefur rauðar neglur

Oil, sand, pastel and charcoal on linen, 80 x 70 cm
2021

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Sog

Oil, sand, pastel and charcoal on linen, 80 x 70 cm
2021

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"The circular form being a sun at the same time as being a saw blade... This femme creature that is seductive and beautiful but she can kick your ass if you get too close."

Kristín Morthens

Studio visit with Kristín Morthens