Artist's talk: Habby Osk

Habby Osk will discuss her solo exhibition in the series SCULPTURE / SCULPTURE on Sunday 22 November at 3 pm.

Habby Osk will discuss her solo exhibition in the series SCULPTURE / SCULPTURE on Sunday 22 November 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.

In Habby Osk's art, the works may be said to fall over themselves: stability and balance are concepts which interest her. The works change – bending or melting – over the duration of the exhibition, underlining their performative nature. Habby Osk has worked in many different media, including performance art. In recent years she has been developing a personal confrontation with the material – whether in the form of performance or sculpture. A delicate balancing act with rods and inflated bags characterises the installation Stöðugleiki/Stability (2015). The slightest nudge will lead the rods to collapse one after another, leading to a perfect coordination of the unexpected.

Habby Osk (1979–) grew up in Akureyri, north Iceland, and now lives and works in New York. She graduated with the degree of BFA from the AKI ArtEz Institute of the Arts in Enschede, Netherlands, in 2006, and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts í New York in 2009. Habby has held solo shows in the USA and Iceland, most recently at the Akureyri Art Museum earlier this year. She has also participated in many group exhibitions around the world. 

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.


The event takes place in Icelandic.
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