Artist talk: Baldur Geir Bragason

Baldur Geir Bragason will discuss his solo exhibition on Sunday November 8 at 3 pm.

Baldur Geir Bragason will discuss his solo exhibition on Sunday November 8 at 3 pm.

Baldur Geir Bragason and Habby Osk present their ideas about sculpture in two parallel one-person shows. Their works differ, but the thinking behind them has much in common, bringing to light ideas about the nature, causes and consequences of a work of art. 

Questions about the existence of objects are a recurrent theme in Baldur Geir Bragason's work. He presents simple symbolic images such as a chair, a rubbish sack or a flight of steps – while often subverting the reference to their function by his choice of materials. "Rocking Chair" (2007), it transpires, plays with the idea of a painting, as the work is three-dimensional object made only of paint, canvas and stretchers. In this case it is the work of art itself which poses questions about its purpose. The works "I, II and III" (2015) present us with pedestals, laden with pedestals which pose questions about import: the work must face its fate, which is clearly manifested in boxes resembling coffins waiting for the exhibition to be over. 

Baldur Geir Bragason (1976–) lives and works in Reykjavík. He graduated in 2001 from the Iceland Academy of the Arts, and completed postgraduate studies from the sculpture department of Kunsthochschule Berlin in Germany in 2008. Since graduation Birgir has been working as an artist, taking part in many group exhibitions and holding solo shows in galleries, mostly in Iceland. Venues have included the Reykjavík Art Museum, the LÁ Art Museum, Kling og Bang and Kunstschlager.

SCULPTURE / SCULPTURE is a series of exhibitions whose aim is to explore the place of sculpture as a medium in Icelandic contemporary art. The emphasis is upon providing greater insight into the focus of each artist, as each of them embarks upon a dialogue between the medium and history on his/her own terms. 

The title references an exhibition held at Kjarvalsstaðir in Reykjavík, curated by Kristín Guðnadóttir and Gunnar Kvaran, then director of the gallery, under the simple title Sculpture/sculpture/sculpture. The exhibition, which included the work of over 20 artists, aimed to provide an overview of the sculpture of the time. That exhibition was set up in 1994, the same year that Gerðarsafn, the Kópavogur Art Museum opened. The Museum was founded in honour of sculptor Gerður Helgadóttir (1928 – 75). While bringing out connections with recent exhibition history and movements in contemporary sculpture, the aim is also to highlight the importance of Gerður Helgadóttir and her contribution to Icelandic sculpture.
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