About the gallery
i8 Gallery was founded in Reykjavik in 1995. The gallery represents an eclectic mix of Icelandic and international contemporary artists.
As well as representing 23 artists, i8 Gallery collaborates with a number of artists who have exhibited widely in museum and gallery contexts.
Alicja Kwade (PL)
Kristján Guðmundsson (IS)
Ólafur Elíasson (DK/IS)
Callum Innes (UK)
Yui Yaegashi (JP)
About the presentation
For Market 2023, i8 Gallery will present works by Alicja Kwade, Callum Innes, Ólafur Elíasson,
Kristján Guðmundsson, and Yui Yaegashi.
The gallery’s Market booth will highlight a sculpture by Alicja Kwade, who inaugurated i8 Grandi, i8‘s second exhibition space in Reykjavik, with a yearlong exhibition in 2022. i8 will present circular paintings by Callum Innes, a new format of the artist's renowned "Exposed Paintings" that mark a departure from the artist's customary rectangular canvases. i8‘s booth will additionally feature a recent glass orb sculpture by Olafur Eliasson, a minimalist horizontal double windowpane sculpture by Kristján Gumundsson, and small-scale paintings by Yui Yaegashi, the newest addition to i8’s gallery roster.
Alicja Kwade’s work investigates and questions the structures of our reality and society and reflects on the perception of time in our everyday life. Her diverse practice, based around concepts of time, space, science and philosophy, takes shape in sculptural objects, large scale installations, video and photography. Kwade recently had a yearlong solo presentation at i8 Grandi, i8‘s second exhibition space in Reykjavik. The show, titled In Relation to the Sun, to Sequences of Events, within 8016 hours, presented various new and older works by the artist, which expanded, evolved or disappeared during the exhibiton period.
Alicja Kwade (b.1979) was born in Katowice, Poland and lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Recent exhibitions include solo shows at Langen Foundation, Neuss, Germany; MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachussets; Dallas Contemporary, Texas; ESPOO Museum of Modern Art, Finland: Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; Fondazione Giuliani, Rome; Haus am Waldsee, Berlin; and on the occasion of the award ceremony of the Hectorpreis 2015, at Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany. She was the recipient of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's 2019 Roof Garden Commission.
Portrait of Alicja Kwade. Photo by Christian Wener
Alicja Kwade, 'Siège du Monde', (2020). Wood, Azul Macaubas. 77 x 54 x 54 cm. Courtesy of the artist and i8 Gallery, Reykjavik.
Alicja Kwade, 'Used and Tired', (2013). Euro-pallet. 62 x 78 x 107 cm. Courtesy of the artist and i8 Gallery, Reykjavik.
Ólafur Elíasson (b. 1967) was born in Copenhagen to Icelandic parents and studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. In 1995 he established Studio Olafur Eliasson as a laboratory for spatial research in Berlin. His wide-ranging solo shows have appeared in major museums around the globe, most recently at the Guggenheim Bilbao in Spain and Fondation Beyeler in Swiss. Eliasson has engaged in a number of projects in public space and architectural designs, including the façade of Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland, and represented Denmark at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003.
Yui Yaegashi’s small-scale oil paintings are rooted in precision, with her distinct style of patterning resulting in reductive, layered works. Yaegashi’s compositions are carefully composed, with a focus on graphic lines, veiled strokes of colour, and explorations of both symmetry and asymmetry.
Yui Yaegashi (b. 1985, Chiba, Japan) lives and works in Tokyo. Yaegashi received a B.A. from Tokyo Zokei University’s Department of Painting (2009) and her M.F.A. from Tokyo Zokei University’s Graduate School of Art and Design (2011). Her work has been included in SCHMALTZ at Guimarães, Vienna, Austria; Particularities curated by Chris Sharp at X Museum, Shanghai, China; and in solo exhibitions at Misako & Rosen, Tokyo, Japan; Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, IL; Queer Thoughts, New York, NY; and i8 Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland. In Spring 2020, Yaegashi completed a self-directed residency in New York City supported by the Japanese Government’s Department of Art and Culture.
Throughout his career, Kristján Gudmundsson has taken the most basic mechanical and material elements of drawing to their limits and, in the process, has challenged our underlying assumptions about what makes a “drawing”. Thereby, Guðmundsson creates artworks that capture the moment where concept collides with reality. Kristján Guðmundsson (b. 1941, Iceland) lives and works in Reykjavik.
He has exhibited widely in Europe and the United States, including recent exhibitions at Scandinavian House, New York, USA (2019); Rappaz Museum, Basel, Switzerland (2015); Safn, Berlin, Germany (2014); Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (2012); MOCA, Los Angeles, USA (2012); Quint Contemporary Art, La Jolla, USA (2010); National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik (2009); and the Reykjavik Art Museum (2001).
Callum Innes (b. 1962) was born in Edinburgh and studied at Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen
and Edinburgh College of Art. Innes was short-listed for the Turner and Jerwood Prizes in 1995, won the prestigious NatWest Prize for Painting in 1998, and in 2002 was awarded the Jerwood Prize for Painting. He has exhibited internationally and his work is held in public collections worldwide including the Guggenheim, New York; National Gallery of Australia; TATE, London, and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. From Memory, a major exhibition of Callum Innes' work over the past 15 years, was shown at The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh in 2006 and toured Modern Art Oxford, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.