Hverfisgallerí

Reykjavik

Hverfisgallerí is a gallery for contemporary art based in Reykjavik.

The gallery is operated by founder Sigridur L. Gunnarsdottir.

Kristinn E. Hrafnsson

Kristinn E. Hrafnsson was born in 1960 in Ólafsfjörður, Iceland. He studied at the Icelandic College of Arts and Crafts and graduate finished his graduate studies at Akademie der Bildenden Kunste in Munich, Germany in 1990. Kristinn E. Hrafnsson lives and works in Reykjavik.

In Hrafnsson's works one can detect a philosophical thread and a pondering of time, space, movement, relativity and language. His art deals with people, and men's understanding of his surroundings and how nature influences his outlook and relationships. The relationship between the artwork and its surroundings has always been an important aspect of his work, but throughout his career Hrafnsson has created numerous site specific works, outdoors and indoors, both in collaboration with architects and as solo projects.

Hrafnsson's works have been exhibited widely in Iceland and Europe, and his works belong to all of Iceland´s major museums, both private and public.

 

Image credits Hverfisgallerí and Kristinn E. Hrafnsson.

Hildur Bjarnadóttir

Hildur Bjarnadóttir investigates issues of belonging, ecology, place and cohabitation with animals and plants on a small piece of land in the south of Iceland where she lives and works. The plants on the piece of land function as recording devices which take in information from the ecological and social systems they belong to through the soil and the air. Bjarnadóttir makes this information visible by extracting colour from the plants which she uses to dye wool thread and silk fabric to make woven paintings and large scale silk installations. Her work brings forward diverse information, experiences, viewpoints and elements of the land, they are autonomous subjective systems which shed light on an intricate net of cohabitation and belonging.

Hildur Bjarnadóttir lives and works in Reykjavík and Flóahreppur. She graduated from the textile department of The Icelandic College of Arts and Crafts in 1992 and finished her MFA degree from the fine arts department in Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York in 1997.

 

Image credits Hverfisgallerí and Hildur Bjarnadóttir.

Harpa Árnadóttir

Harpa Árnadóttir is known for her paintings, both those she calls “crack paintings” and those rendered in watercolour on paper and canvas. Both involve experimental study into surface and transparency. Her paintings are composed of layers of water-dissolving pigment and glue that eventually crack, thereby creating landscape-like structures on canvas. The foundation of her work, however, is often the relationship between painting and literature, more specifically the idea that painting can be considered a visual poetry.

Árnadóttir turned to the visual arts after completing her bachelor’s degree in history and literature at The University of Iceland. She began her art education at the Icelandic College of Art and Crafts and then moved to Sweden for further studies at Konsthogskolan Valand in Gothenburg. Árnadóttir’s works have been acquired and exhibited by museums throughout Europe.

 

Image credits Hverfisgallerí and Harpa Árnadóttir.