Two exhibitions opened in Reykjavík Art Museum – Hafnarhús on Thursday this week: “Spirit of Place and Narrative” by Egill Saebjörnsson and “D-14” by Ryan Parteka. Saebjörnsson will also organize art performances in relation to the Sequences Festival.
“Wall to Wall,” 2008. Photo: Anu Vahtra. HISK, Ghent. Courtesy of Egill Saebjörnsson, Karolin Tampere, i8 Gallery Reykjavík & G.
“The narrative side of Egill Saebjörnsson’s work comes to the fore in this exhibition at Hafnarhús. On display are works dating from 2006, featuring dialogue between characters or objects that convey unfolding events or time,” a press release from the museum reads.
“Places and objects harbor a certain life that emerges in human proximity, within and beyond gallery walls. Through prior knowledge, each person bestows meaning on what crosses his or her path.”
Saebjörnsson was nominated for the 2010 Carnegie Art Award. He recently released his second music album and a substantive book on his work was recently published in Germany. The artist lives and works in Berlin.
Caspar David Friedrich, “Cloister Cemetery in the Snow,” 1817-1819.
“Chaos and order underlines the ideology behind the art of Ryan Parteka (born 1975) since he started to create installations and multimedia art almost a decade ago,” the press release continues in description of the other exhibition.
“His installation is clinical and elusive, and underneath the pristine appearance he often plants a chaotic phenomenon. Ryan’s installation is dedicated to the now lost painting ‘Cloister Cemetery in the Snow,’ 1817-1819, by Casper David Friedrich, a famous 19th century German painter of romantic landscapes.”
Parteka has lived and worked in Reykjavík since 2005. He completed his master studies at Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kusten, Amsterdam 2004-2005 after his graduate research in time-based media from Utrecht Academy of Arts in the Netherlands.
The curator of his exhibition is Yean Fee Quay.
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