“Iceland”

Egill Sæbjörnsson represents Iceland at the Venice Biennale

The artist Egill Sæbjörnsson was chosen by the Icelandic Art Center to represent Iceland for the next Venice Biennale. A visual artist, performer, musician and composer, he lives and works in Berlin and Reykjavík. His work makes him interested in magic of technology which causes one to rethink the boundary between the real and illusion. Egill Sæbjörnsson was nominated for the Carnegie Art Award in 2010. The exhibition for the Icelandic pavilion will be created by Stefanie Böttcher, art historian and curator, former artistic director of the Kunsthalle Mainz. She declared that during the upcoming exhibition to be totally convinced that visitors will be completely captivated by experience in the work of Egill Sæbjörnsson. ”Once they are inside, they will become part of the work.” The selection committee that chose the artist brought together the director of the Icelandic Arts Center, Björg Stefánsdóttir, the Director of the l’Akureyri Art Museum Hlynur Hallsson as well as the artist Sirra Sigrún...

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Artist jailed in Iceland for pouring dye into geyser

The artist Marco Evaristti has been jailed for two weeks in Iceland for pouring food colouring into a geyser. The artist poured the red colouring into the geyser, located north of Reykjavik, the fifth time that he has mixed dye with natural landscapes. Despite being jailed for vandalism, the artist maintained that “I do what I do because I’m a painter, a landscape painter who doesn’t use a canvas, I paint directly on nature.” He also commented that: “I do not ask for per­mis­sion be­cause na­ture be­longs to no one. I be­lieve in free­dom of speech and I believe na­ture does­n’t be­long to cer­tain peo­ple, but to every­one.” Evaristti was born in Chile in 1963, but has lived and worked in Denmark since the...

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Neon workshops make use of Northern Lights

Reykjavik, 19 November 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). Neon Workshops is to hold a series of workshops in neon light sculpting in the natural setting of the Aurora Borealis, between 7 and 10 February 2014. Coinciding with the annual Reykjavik Winter Lights festival, 12 participants from all over the world are to be given the chance to explore glass, flame and electricity to create their own neon art works. Celebrated Czech artist Magdalena Jetelová, whose work has previously featured Iceland as subject matter, is to act as the workshop’s artist-in-residence. There are to be neon workshops for participants, regardless of experience levels. The total cost of £980 includes materials, accommodation, breakfast and evening...

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Jordan Sullivan contemplates existence through the landscapes of Iceland

London, 3 October 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). On 31 October, Peter Hay Halpert Fine Art and The Little Black Gallery are holding the book launch in London of The Young Earth by American photographer Jordan Sullivan. The Young Earth is a series of photographs accompanied by a short novel in text and image form. The story depicts the tale of two Americans in their late twenties — one of whom is seriously ill — exploring Iceland. The two men immerse themselves in the remote and idyllic land — a foreign and unknown place for the men — during which time they are forced to confront their own existence and their past loves. Fear is what links the two men. Through their contemplation of death, the end of youth, and beauty and its complications, they find love and friendship. The work is a photographic and textual exploration in the style of the novel. The story combines poetry, prose and historical anecdotes within a text written in the first person, and includes images of the landscape and voyeuristic...

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Artists deny accusations of “nature terrorism”

Iceland, 19 July 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). German artist Julius von Bismarck, and Swiss artist Julian Charrière, have been accused of “nature terrorism” by Iceland’s Environment Agency, after giant words appeared on land in the Myvatn region of northeast Iceland in April 2013. It is unclear who produced the work, though at the time von Bismarck and Charrière exhibited photographs of the spray-painted landscape at Alexander Levy in Berlin. Von Bismarck has denied creating the graffiti, but confirmed that “the idea is mine,” adding “I want to focus on the idea of nature and its origins in Romanticism. I was aware that what was done might violate some laws, but I am not happy that the Icelandic authorities call the paintings “nature terrorism.” What about the new power plants and aluminium smelters that are planned for Iceland and that will destroy the environment?” The Icelandic police are currently investigating. Sigurdur Brynjolfsson, the Chief Superintendent of police in Husavik, confirmed “We have two suspects and will now contact the police in Germany and Switzerland to help...

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