Listasafn Islands

Gallery talk with artists Einar Garibaldi Eiríksson and Haraldur Jónsson. Kjarvalsstaðir, Sunday 3 April 3 pm.

Works by Einar Garibaldi and Ólaf Elíasson on the exhibition Without Destination.

Artists Einar Garibaldi Eiríksson (b. 1964) and Haraldur Jónsson (b. 1961) will participate in a gallery talk through the exhibition Without destination.

Einar Garibaldi exhibits two works that both build on the tradition of the Icelandic landscape painting. Sheet 18 - Reykjanes Peninsula (2002) refers to a maps by taking the symbols you need in order to understand the features of the terrain—lava fields, roads, lakes, and so on, and paints them each on a separate canvas. His painterly touch reminds us that this medium, above all others, has shaped our image of the landscape. In the works Landscape (Summernight in Thingvellir), to Johannes S. Kjarval (1998); Landscape (untitled), to Thorarinn B. Thorlaksson (1998); and Landscape (Snaefellsjokull), to Kristin Jonsdottir (1998), Einar Garibaldi went plundering in certain Icelandic locales that are recognized points of interest and marked as such by road signs. He found these ‘landmark’ signs in spots depicted in well-known works by landscape painters.

Haraldur Jónsson’s Tunnel (2008) builds on our notion of the illusion that appears by sandwiching the mirror sides of two mirrors together, leaving the two mirrors to infinite reflection. The work conveys the minimal space between two flat surfaces and also the infinite space of reflection.

Without Destination
The exhibition reveals how Icelandic and international artists work through different connections with locations and places, be they nearby or remote in space or time. Their works reflect ideas in contemporary art about travel, places and non-places, and the topography of the mind and of the landscape. They direct our attention to creative and personal conversations that emerge when we experience different places and shape our ideas about them. Many of the works depict Iceland and appear both familiar and uncanny to Icelandic eyes, illustrating how the diversity of experience impacts the depiction of a given place. The exhibition shows works by artists who attempt in various ways to transmit their experiences from elsewhere, while simultaneously creating a new experience for the spectator in the here and now—for as the saying goes, it’s the journey itself that matters, not the destination. Curator is Markús Þór Andrésson.

The talk will be held in Icelandic.

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