i8 Gallery

Reykjavik

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.

B. Ingrid Olson

B. Ingrid Olson (b. 1987) implements elements of photography, sculpture, and performance in an ongoing exploration of the boundaries between body and space. Within the confines of her studio, she records her body as it moves — shifting in relationship to its surroundings. The results of this process are multidimensional objects and images that re-imagine the capacities of the body and the structuring of space.

 

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Artwork and image of artwork courtesy of i8 Gallery and B. Ingrid Olson.

Arna Óttarsdottír

Arna Óttarsdóttir ’s (b.1986) practice explores the traditional methods of the loom, creating elaborate tapestries. The visual source derives from her sketchbooks, where she does not select the final motif based on refined finish, but rather on the possibility of future exploration. Óttarsdóttir plays around with highlighting the mundane aspects of the artists’ work that are normally removed before a work of art is presented.

 

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Artwork and image of artwork courtesy of i8 Gallery and Arna Óttarsdottír.

Ólafur Eliasson

Ólafur Elíasson (b. 1967) is an Icelandic–Danish visual artist who works in a wide range of media, including installation, painting, sculpture, photography, and film. He is known for sculptured and large-scale installation art employing elemental materials such as light, water, and air temperature to enhance the viewer's experience. In 1995 he established Studio Ólafur Eliasson in Berlin, a laboratory for spatial research. In 2014, Eliasson and his long-time collaborator, German architect Sebastian Behmann founded Studio Other Spaces, an office for architecture and art.

Eliasson represented Denmark at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003 and later that year installed The Weather Project, which has been described as "a milestone in contemporary art", in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern, London. He lives and works in Berlin, Copenhagen and Reykjavik.

 

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Artwork and image of artwork courtesy of i8 Gallery and Ólafur Eliasson.

Birgir Andrésson

Birgir Andrésson’s (1955–2007) work uses conceptual strategies to explore aspects of Icelandic culture and national identity. Raised in a home for the blind as the sighted child of blind parents, an experience which uniquely informed his relationship with colour, form, language and perception. A signature element in Andrésson's work is the use of colour, in particular the set of colours the artist designated as being uniquely "Icelandic". Finding subjects in his closest surroundings, Andrésson’s work explores history and memory, as well as the spoken and written word, throughout his practice.

In 2022, Birgir Andrésson’s work will be the subject of a major exhibition at the Reykjavik Art Museum and a monograph will be published by DISTANZ. The artist had solo exhibitions at venues including The National Gallery of Iceland; Kunsthaus Pasquart, Biel, Switzerland; and Stadtgalerie Bern, Bern, Switzerland. In 1995, the artist represented Iceland at the Venice Biennale.

 

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Birgir Andrésson, 'Ladies # 2', 2003. Courtesy of The Estate of Birgir Andrésson and i8 Gallery, Reykjavik