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Last Chance to See “Whimsical Impetus” in Akureyri

By Iceland Review

The group exhibition “Whimsical Impetus” at the Akureyri Art Museum, north Iceland, closes on Sunday. However, the artwork on display can also be enjoyed in print form. The Whimsical Impetus catalogue is available in both English and Icelandic.

“‘Whimsical Impetus’ focuses on upcoming artists dealing with abstraction in the medium of painting,” describes director of the Akureyri Art Museum Hannes Sigurdsson. “Painting came back to the fore in the early 1980s in the spirit of post-modernism, but pure abstraction has been more or less absent from the Icelandic art scene until quite recently.”

The participating artists are Laufey Johansen (b.1968), Maja Siska (b.1969) and Arna Gná Gunnarsdóttir (b. 1974), who have attended classes under the guidance of the museum’s curator, Bjarni Sigurbjörnsson, Anna Jóelsdóttir (b.1947), who has furthered her talents in the United States, and Gudný Kristmannsdóttir (b.1965), who lives and works in Akureyri.

“What is so fascinating in this latest show is how differently these women express themselves, making any attempt of categorization ridiculously limited. There is not really a common theme,” writes Kremena Nikolova-Fontaine, who helped translate the catalogue into English.

“Laufey paints only in black, as the sum of all colors, with very thick paint in an extreme physical manner. She was not a good draughtsman in school, but art became her career after a medium predicted this in her twenties,” Nikolova-Fontaine explains, moving on to the other artists.

“Maja is an architect by education and her altars of corrugated iron are particularly noteworthy. Arna Gná puts various everyday objects in an unusual context. Anna paints on crumpled murar, a plastic film used in architectural drawings. Gudný’s paintings are lyrical transformations of bizarre forms.”

Admission to the Akureyri Art Museum is free. The opening hours are from 12 noon to 5 pm, every day except Mondays.

The Whimsical Impetus catalogue is available at book stores in the larger galleries in Iceland.

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