Rósa Sigrún Jónsdóttir: Chance
Rósa Sigrún has worked a lot with textile in her art. She has created installations where textile sculptures and threads take the space over but also mixed pencil drawings with embroidery. She has developed thoughts and experiments with various manifestations of lines. In her mural Chance, she paints a woolly thread with neon colours which eagerly capture the daylight, and then she dips the thread in glue which it absorbs. She then makes the wet thread fall randomly on a hard surface where it dries, creating a line drawing. This way, she has created a pile of drawings which can be seen merging in one at Álfheimar.
Rósa Sigrún Jónsdóttir (b. 1962) graduated from The Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2001. She has held solo exhibitions in Iceland and abroad and participated in a multitude of group exhibitions. Recent exhibitions include The National Gallery of Iceland, The Metropolitan Arts Center in Belfast ( The MAC ), Art Stays festival in Slovenia, Kajaani Art Museum in Finland and Cartavetra gallery in Florence. In those settings Rósa’s work has mainly been based on textile-related installations and sculptures.
This autumn, Reykjavík Art Museum for the second time holds a group exhibition of new art in public spaces. The works of eight artists appear in a diverse and novel fashion around the city and in the communal spaces modern technology has to offer. This includes performances, interventions and various happenings which echo the communal space, the public domain, streets, squares and buildings which we share. Mostly, these works are created in intangible media; the Autumn Bulbs take root around the city and appear in unexpected circumstances. The subject matters of the eight participating artists vary but they all have in common that they illuminate or ask questions about the daily life of locals and visitors in the city. They revolve around the line between private and public space, ownership and freedom as well as getting people to stop, look around and gain a new perception of their environment. Inevitably, the works incorporate the societal changes which have taken place this year, regarding daily interaction and habits in epidemic times. Some of the works will only be performed once but others have a longer or more frequent existence. The programme can be found in an accompanying catalogue, on the museum’s social media and its activity calendar.