Catch me if you can

Catch me if you can

Catch me if you can

by Sólbjört Vera​

Verkið Catch me if you can sýnir þrjár persónur fara saman í stríðnislegan eltingaleik þar sem umgjörðin er óræð og markmiðið óljóst.  Í verkinu gerir listamaðurinn tilraun til að lýsa sambandi sínu við fótbolta sem manneskja fyrir utan þennan sérstaka menningarheim íþróttarinnar. Listamaðurinn fer í hlutverk leikstjóra og leiklýsanda sem lýsir þessum undarlega leik með ákafa og absúrdisma. 

The work Catch me if you can shows three characters playing a tantalizing game of chase in an obscure setting and with an indistinct goal. In this work the artist makes an attempt to describe her own relationship with football as a person standing outside of this bizarre sport culture. The artist takes on the role of director and game commentator who describes the game with intensity and absurdism. 


Sólbjört Vera Ómarsdóttir (f.1993) tekst á við minningar, hversdagslegar uppákomur og innri átök manneskjunnar í verkum sínum. Hún rannsakar þessi viðfangsefni á húmorískan og tilfinningalegan hátt og undirstrikar þannig þá angurværð sem fylgir því að fylgjast með tímanum líða, skilja við atburði lífsins, horfa á eftir þeim inn í fortíðina, muna eftir þeim og gleyma. Sólbjört útskrifaðist úr myndlistardeild Listaháskóla Íslands árið 2020.

In her work, Sólbjört Vera Ómarsdóttir (b.1993) deals with memories, everyday incidents and the constant conflict of existence. She investigates these subjects in a humorous and emotional way and underlines the bitter-sweetness of watching time go by, parting with life events, leaving them in the past, remembering them and forgetting them. Sólbjört graduated from the Fine Art department from The Iceland University of the Arts in 2020.

Player: Yelena Arakelow
Mr. Pitch/ Mr. P: Janosch Kratz
The Ball: A Ball

Sýningarstjóri/Curator: Björk Hrafnsdóttir


Vefsíða listamanns / Artist website 

The Happy hour exhibition is a part of a collaboration between Artzine and a new MA in Curatorial Practice at the Iceland University of the Arts.

Þessi Happy hour sýning er hluti af samstarfsverkefni Artzine og nýrrar meistaranámsleiðar í sýningagerð við myndlistardeild Listaháskóla Íslands á vorönn 2021.

Rat Choir – Remix

Rat Choir – Remix

Rat Choir – Remix

Gunnhildur Hauksdóttir

Rottur gefa frá sér sextán mismunandi hljóð til að tjá hamingju á tíðni sem mannseyrað nemur ekki, þær gefa hvorri annarri nöfn og leika samkvæmisleiki. En þar sem tilvera þeirra er að mestu í myrkri nota þær hljóð til að tjá leikreglurnar. Hljóðin eru tekin upp með ómtækni og Gunnhildur vinnur teikningar uppúr ómmyndum. 


Rottukór var fyrst sýndur á Haustlaukum 2020 hjá Listasafni Reykjavíkur. Það var kvennakórinn Hrynjandi sem ljáði rottunum raddir sínar og Berlínska tónlistarkonan Kutzkelina (Doreen Kutzke) endurhljóðblandaði kórverkið. Gunnhildur og eiginmaður hennar Cormac Walsh hafa nú gert hreyfimynd við hljóðblöndunina sérstaklega fyrir Gallery Happy Hour.


Upprunalega kórverkið má hlýða á hér
Endurhljóðblöndun Doreen Kutzke
Hreyfimynd í samstarfi við Cormac Walsh
Raddir úr kvennakórnum Hrynjandi

[English]:

Rats make sixteen different sounds to express happiness in a frequency undetectable by the human ear. They name each other and play social games according to rules which they express with sounds, as their existence is mostly lived in darkness. Drawing on source materials from recordings of lab rats, the artist drew a score for human voices of fourteen rat calls. She translated the sounds to human phonetics and taught a choir to sing the rat sounds and perform the composition in 2020 at the Reykjavík Art Museum.

Artist Doreen Kutzke took the composition and created the remix. The drawings have been specially animated for the Remix in collaboration with Cormac Walsh, with the drawings dancing and jumping in step with the music for the display at Gallery Happy Hour.


Ratchoir Remix 
2021 
Gunnhildur Hauksdóttir
Remix by Doreen Kutzke
Animation in collaboration with Cormac Walsh
Vocalists from the Hrynjandi Choir in Reykjavik.

Aqua Room

Aqua Room

Aqua Room

by Elnaz Mansouri

Aqua Room is part of an experimental series in creating videos with Cinema 4D. With each experiment, Elnaz designs a narrative space aiming to convey a different sensory reaction. The project began as an escape from the dark winters in Canada, where she creates an alternative reality to give herself a sense of peace while staying inside during the Covid-19 pandemic. Elnaz is inspired by the effects of ASMR and combines movement, light, and color in her work to evoke specific responses.

The world of Aqua Room is completely submerged underwater. Tiles in various shades of blue creep up the wall like a bathroom floor. The only movement is the flicker of light that follows the ripples in the water. In this scenario, Elnaz draws references to magical realism by blurring the boundary between dream and reality. A lounge chair and a lamp sit inside the walls, completely unaffected by the water that makes the space uninhabitable. Despite this unrealistic environment, Elnaz manages to encapsulate a sense of relaxation. Perhaps, for a moment, you too can exist underwater, surrounded by the gentle motion of waves.

Elnaz Mansouri (b. 1991; Tehran, Iran) is a visual artist practicing in the fields of 3D art and photography. She received a BFA in photography in 2013 from OCAD University in Toronto and she is currently pursuing a MA in fine art from the Iceland University of the Arts. Her work focuses on abstracting and re-imagining landscapes and environments while experimenting with concepts inspired by magical realism. Her most recent works, made in Cinema 4D, incorporate Visual Escapism through dream-like interiors that present a sense of calm to the viewer.

Curator: Amanda Poorvu


More of Elnaz’s work can be found on her Instagram here

The Happy hour exhibition is a part of a collaboration between Artzine and a new MA in Curatorial Practice at the Iceland University of the Arts.

Þessi Happy hour sýning er hluti af samstarfsverkefni Artzine og nýrrar meistaranámsleiðar í sýningagerð við myndlistardeild Listaháskóla Íslands á vorönn 2021.

Katrín I. Hjördísadóttir Jónsdóttir – Afskurður fjarlægra tilfinninga / Scraps of distant emotions

Katrín I. Hjördísadóttir Jónsdóttir – Afskurður fjarlægra tilfinninga / Scraps of distant emotions

Katrín I. Hjördísadóttir Jónsdóttir – Afskurður fjarlægra tilfinninga / Scraps of distant emotions

The footage used is raw, unadultered content where the apparent simplicity crystalizes linearly to become the cornerstone of the artwork. The subjective experience, sensation, and perceptual phenomenon that is approached through this motion picture takes the viewer to the realm of dreams. Inspiration comes from the moments our subconscious highlights from life experiences. The purpose of the subconscious is twofold, it keeps us safe from anguish and trauma and it chooses from our memories the ones that can transmit a strong emotion. Love, guilt, fear, anger and happiness are powerful feelings beyond our understanding and are concealed teachers that guide our life journey. Transcending into the higher self requires a deep understanding of our emotions, embracing reality through memories and listening to the message that hides at plain sight.

The oneiric journey eclipses the triviality of falling asleep breaking all boundaries and the preconceptions you create. This sequence takes the shape of a small river that flows into the ocean—a stream of consciousness that flows into the sea of unconsciousness.
Expectations should not overflow your thoughts. Your thoughts should not override your impulses. Subdue to your inner call and let it overwhelm you. Take a deep breath.
Your mind takes over and your willpower withers. Your eyes get number as your spine shivers. Take a deep breath.

Your surrounding comforts you as you confront your thoughts. Set your memories free, let the nostalgic feeling burn and consume you. Embrace the sacrifice. Be naïve. Absolute peace comes from within.

Alejandro Oria Lombardía

Hrafnkell Sigurðsson – Móttaka 1 / Induction 1

Hrafnkell Sigurðsson – Móttaka 1 / Induction 1

Hrafnkell Sigurðsson – Móttaka 1 / Induction 1

Staður / Place: CenterHotel Þingholt, Þingholtsstræti 3-5, 101 Reykjavík

English below:

Verkið “Móttaka 1” / “Induction 1” eftir Hrafnkell Sigurðsson var frumsýnt á 7. Happy Hour opnun artzine vefrits um samtímalist en jafnframt fögnum við því að nú er eitt ár frá því vefritið var sent út á alnetið í fyrsta sinn.

Hrafnkell Sigurðsson fæddist í Reykjavík og lærði í MHÍ áður en hann hélt til Hollands í framhaldsnám. Hrafnkell lauk MFA frá Goldsmiths College í London 2002. Hann hefur búið og starfað í Reykjavík frá 2004.

Frá 1990 hefur ljósmyndin verið helsti miðill Hrafnkells en einnig hefur hann unnið með aðra miðla, eins og vídeó, skúlptúr og innsetningar.

Vefsíða listamannsins: www.hrafnkellsigurdsson.com
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“Induction 1” is a new work from the artist Hrafnkell Sigurðsson, premierd at artzine 7. Happy Hour opening where artzine celebrates as well one year of publishing artnews.

Hrafnkell Sigurðsson was born in Reykjavík, where he commenced his studies before proceeding in Maastricht, before moving to London in 1993. He completed his MFA at Goldsmiths College in 2002 before returning to Reykjavík in 2004.

Since 1990 photography has been Hrafnkell Sigurðsson’s principal means, although his oeuvre comprises a variety of other media, including video, sculpture and installation.

Artist website: www.hrafnkellsigurdsson.com

Arnar Ómarsson – Eilífur núningur / Eternal friction

Arnar Ómarsson – Eilífur núningur / Eternal friction

Arnar Ómarsson – Eilífur núningur / Eternal friction

by Elnaz Mansouri

Aqua Room is part of an experimental series in creating videos with Cinema 4D. With each experiment, Elnaz designs a narrative space aiming to convey a different sensory reaction. The project began as an escape from the dark winters in Canada, where she creates an alternative reality to give herself a sense of peace while staying inside during the Covid-19 pandemic. Elnaz is inspired by the effects of ASMR and combines movement, light, and color in her work to evoke specific responses.

The world of Aqua Room is completely submerged underwater. Tiles in various shades of blue creep up the wall like a bathroom floor. The only movement is the flicker of light that follows the ripples in the water. In this scenario, Elnaz draws references to magical realism by blurring the boundary between dream and reality. A lounge chair and a lamp sit inside the walls, completely unaffected by the water that makes the space uninhabitable. Despite this unrealistic environment, Elnaz manages to encapsulate a sense of relaxation. Perhaps, for a moment, you too can exist underwater, surrounded by the gentle motion of waves.

Elnaz Mansouri (b. 1991; Tehran, Iran) is a visual artist practicing in the fields of 3D art and photography. She received a BFA in photography in 2013 from OCAD University in Toronto and she is currently pursuing a MA in fine art from the Iceland University of the Arts. Her work focuses on abstracting and re-imagining landscapes and environments while experimenting with concepts inspired by magical realism. Her most recent works, made in Cinema 4D, incorporate Visual Escapism through dream-like interiors that present a sense of calm to the viewer.


More of Elnaz’s work can be found on her Instagram here

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