Apr 2, 2013
When I'm not working at the museum, I am doing some research on architecture and the future, attempting to compile/edit/focus on artists which I find to be 'visionary'. My research is a lot about architecture and art, and still always investigating the limits, roles, grace, and rights of the curatorial.
This book is in collaboration with the ever-talented Sean Yendrys. Sean will design the book whence I have my shi*t together and can deliver him the content. Sean came to visit me in Reykjavík while on break from Yale, and so even though I feel that this book is a 2-year-project, I hope to complete the content and apply for additional funding in order to publish. Something about the future.
Speaking of books, I came across this the other day, which I contributed writing for back in 2011: http://cargocollective.com/drewball/Telegram
The book was published but had a very small distribution. It's a great idea though about women connecting across borders, amongst disciplines. I would post pictures, but I don't think it's necessary nor wise. Something about the ephemeral.
I'm going to update more frequently while I am on this residency (for the next few months). I hope to detail exhibition experiences, museum lessons, and discuss the progress of this book / compendium of concepts on contemporary architecture and the future.this is my studio
Feb 8, 2012
I am exhibiting some works and creating an installation, which is showing upstairs of the newest work of dance performance collective INLAYERS.
If you are in Calgary, come check it out this Friday and Saturday night only!
Nov 29, 2011
Nov 23, 2011
Hello. This is the exhibition I am participating in this friday. I have made an installation called TAKK FYRIR SIÐAST. Hope you that live in Iceland can make it!
vinnustofur listamanna - artists-in-residence
Corey J. Willis (u.s) Erik Berglin (swe) Jolanda Todt (de) Keiko Kurita (jp) Liz Tran (u.s) Niklas Engvall (swe) Simon Zoric (aus) Stephanie Bokenfohr (can) Tim L Schafer (u.s)
Nov 6, 2011
A studio shot for you, on a beautiful sunday here in Reykjavík. Fishskin, sheepskin, and candy candy candy!
I am working on some adornments and very much so enjoying the material so readily available here in Iceland: love this fish-skin
as I would a leather! and the sheep fur, the fur pelts in general, and crocheted-goods galore.
I began a new sculpture this week as well - or at least, began gathering for it. I will make some sort of nationalistic-artifact
that waves in the air, all with used candy-wrappers. I have been collecting candy wrappers from all around Reykjavík.
This is an object performance piece in the works, and hopefully I can finish some sort of prototype at least by the end of this month,
in hopes to revisit and exhibit it in the future. I think it's fun, but also deals with some resounding concepts or ideals of today's world
...in a non-philanthropic kind of way.
Something else I am pretty interested by, is that we do not observe any sort of daylight savings time here, which is all
just as well, since I effectively stopped looking for the time a couple of weeks ago. But it is intriguing nonetheless, since
in the summer I guess why would they need to legislate any sort of measure in hopes to maximize the hours one enjoys the sun -
and in winter, well, its 5:30pm and dark already.... what can turning back the clocks one hour possible do for this? We are on
our way down in sunlight hours right now, but when I was here last summer, we were living with the sunshine 24hours of the day.
I think it's so refreshing to live in such proximity of the sun that we feel her more prevalently - whether she is here or not.
It also breaks up the days quite nicely. So, no, the darkness is not getting me down.
Ask me that after living here for years and maybe it will change...
The pace of life here agrees with me quite well.
It ranges from "frí tíma" - or in englsih, free/leisurely time, - to quite energetic, with places to be and see!
Reykjavík truly is "the smallest big city in the world', as they say - it is so true. When I am not at home or in my studio, I am off to
explore, climb mountains, swim, or attend other "cultural" events.
Yesterday was Dagur Myndlistar - a day of open-studios of all SÍM artists across the country here inIceland. It was great fun,
and I am conitnually impressed by the thriving community of creatives here - it is so inclusive, and productive,
enlightening, and yes. Just eternal gratitude all the time, for this and that, HITT OG ÞETTA.
Oct 29, 2011
this is the exhibition I participated in this past thursday evening. // þetta er sýningin sem ég tók þátt í siðasta fimmtudag.
I exhibited 6 prints of this collection, and some of the work of Art Pop which I have been working on catalogueing. I hope to self-publish a catalogue by the end of November for Art Pop, and have the beginnings of a larger publication produced on EXCESS / ÚTRÁS.
Oct 26, 2011
this image above is of the group of artists in residence at SÍM right now, as well as Kristjana Rós Guðjohnsen, the resident coordinator (who also curates and makes art with her spare-time!): Pedro Hurpia, Berend Van Geer, Jacqueline Ball, Christopher T Wood, and Tim L Schafer.
so I am here in Reykjavík, Iceland on a 2-month residency. I am feeling very lucky each day to wake up and be here.
I have a lovely space to work in and a lovely apartment to live in.
I actually love this city.
Here I am formulating a concept on landscape interventions and way-finding signage, using illumination and advertising tactics that affect the physiology of a body into desire.
I hope to find access to some neon-light-making facilities, and if I don't - I hope to find access to glass-blowing studios.
I will make a sculpture and have some sort of outcome next month in a landscape, preferrably with a handbell choir, and a dancer or two.
Basically, I am making signage for landscapes - and by using an international language and emotive-type of materials such as neon and luminance, I will likely deceive ppl in an enlightening way.
(this is to say, that the point is NOT to trick ppl, rather to "engage").
I am also working on some applications for the future. Exhibitions, curatorial projects, etc. I think I am more concerned with making things happen at this point in my life then I am with making things. This is sort of a revolutionary realization, to say the least
I don't know what else to say but things like this for now. Please feel free to check out my *special* Iceland tumblr, which was started last summer, and I will re-continue posting mikið mikið / beacoup / lots of photos & other things up there! http://ice-english.tumblr.com
We basically saw Aurora for the first time a few nights after arriving. I was taking pictures of the moooooon as well, as you see in this image. Pedro took this photo on a long exposure. thanks Pedro!
Here is me giving an introductory presentation of my work on October 9, 2011.
A photo of my studio, also taken by my lovely studio mate Pedro Hurpia!
Oct 8, 2011
Oct 6, 2011
ps --> the photo above is an image of the work of Therese Mastroiacovo, an amazing artist who I had the pleasure of working with for Art Pop - after she was my Professor of a DRAWING 200 course during my undergrad of Art School. Life is funny like this. Thank you Therese. (the image is copyright and may not be reproduced without express permission. )
see the complete listing of the artists presented here --> http://popmontreal.com/en/event/and-no-one-was-around-0