A Hard Day's Night
The Exhibition A Hard Day's Night is the second one in a sequence of exhibitions called Interplay where an old master is in a dialogue with contemporary artists from different genres. This time COBRA expressionist Svavar Guðnason meets painters Magnús Helgason and Úlfur Karlsson as well as the musician Úlfur Eldjárn. The common denominator of the four artists is the powerful voice of imagination, which in its expression gives open access to the life sensations of those workers in art.
Svavar Guðnason (1909-1988) is one of Icelands best known artists and his abstract expressionistic paintings can be found in major museums in Denmark and private collections of Cobra paintings in Europe.
Magnús Helgason (1977) graduated from The Akademie voor beeldende kunst in Holland and works as a painter and a filmmaker. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries and museums in Iceland (among others The Reykjavik Art Museum and Gallery Agust) and in Belgium and Germany.
Magnús uses found plywood boards with history and merges them to create his compositions. His works are characterized by free expression and strong colors and his approximation is aesthetic with a political undertone.
His work with films is often in collaboration with musicians and has been screened around the world, among others at the opening ceremony of Harpa, Pompidou Centre and CCA, Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow.
Úlfur Karlsson (1988) is educated at The Icelandic Film School, The Academy of Arts in Vilnius and graduated from The Academy of Fine Arts in Gothenburg (Valand) 2012.
His paintings are powerful, existential and expressionistic.
Úlfur has exhibited his art in Reykjavik, Gothenburg, Athens and Ísafjörður and his short films have been screened in New York and Sweden.
Úlfur Eldjárn (1976) is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer from Reykjavík, Iceland. His works include compositions for film, TV, theatre and commercials. He has released one solo album, Field Recordings: Music from the Ether, where he experimented, amongst other things, with mechanical instruments from the middle ages and modern day robotics and artificial intelligence.
He graduated from the compositional department of the Icelandic Academy of the Arts in 2013. His graduation project, String Quartet no. ∞, is an attempt at creating a non-linear composition, employing modules that can be combined, layered or repeated in any manner or order. The piece can therefore be assembled in infinitely many different versions.
Úlfur played at the Iceland Airwaves (a record with music from the concert will be out later this year), and made music for the staging of Hamlet which is now shown at the City Theater.
At the opening on February 15th between 15:00 and 17:00, Úlfur Eldjárn will compose a music installation which will be left in the gallery during the exhibition.
Curator is Kristín G. Guðnadóttir
RUV Television Djöflaeyjan:
Interview with Magnús Helgason: http://www.ruv.is/myndlist/treplotur-med-fortid
RUV Radio Víðsjá: http://www.ruv.is/allarfrettir/V%C3%AD%C3%B0sj%C3%A1?page=4