31. May 2014 til 29. June 2014

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The project connects four artists who have, from a young age, been involved in different artforms: Koho Mori-Newton from Japan, Lauren Newton from the USA, Elín Edda Árnadóttir and Sverrir Guðjónsson from Iceland. Koho Mori-Newton works with drawing on paper and creates installations using Japanese silk. Elín Edda discovered calligraphy in Japan and has since focused on works with paper, using brushes and Japanese ink. Together, Lauren Newton and Sverrir Guðjónsson will create the project‘s soundscape using voice-sculptures, chanting, drones and sounds from nature. The sound performance will take place at the opening of the exhibition. The exhibition is a part of The Reykjavik Art Festival 2014. www.listahatid.is Children listen to the sound of silk on the roof veranda : http://www.ruv.is/sarpurinn/tiufrettir/05062014 introduction: http://vimeo.com/93921889

Sverrir Gudjonsson and Elin Edda Arnadottir have worked in the world of arts from young age. Their co-operation is connected to various and versatile projects, e.g.: ‘Legends of Icelandic Music’, which travelled through 15 cities in Japan; ‘Edda-The Prophecy’ with texts from the famous Edda poems in the Icelandic Sagas; the music-theatre project ‘Naddi-Portrait of a Seamonster’ based on an old story from the East Fjords; the 90min film ‘Walking on Sound’ which is a co-operation between Sverrir and the Japanese artist Stomu Yamash´ta; ‘Solar5-Journey to the Center of Sound’ premiered at Harpa culture house and now nominated to the prestigious Nordic Council Music Prize 2014. After the opening of this exhibition Elin Edda will design for a new opera project in Copenhagen, which is a co-operation between three Nordic countries, and Sverrir will be flying East to work on music for documentaries about

S-Korea, in co-operation with the Lebanese/French director Jacques Debs.

Koho Mori-Newton

 

In my artwork I focus attention on the relationship between what I see and my aesthetic cognition of what I see. 
In my drawing each line is independent from the other and very often lines appear together without any contextual meaning. 
The line is not used for composition, sujet, meaning that it has its own identity in the picture.

The silk installation takes on the illusion of a wall. The wall is built with lengths of silk painted with ink. One length of silk is a line and the accumulation of these lines creates the final image, a silk wall. This work, for me, is between drawing and painting.

In all of my work the fragility of the line is very important to me.

1951 born in Katzuyama Fukui, Japan. Works in public collections: Museum Stuttgart, Morat Institute Freiburg, State Museums in Munich and Karlsruhe, Germany. Works in public buildings:
Business College Villingen-Schwenningen (D), Hotel Therme Vals and House Peter Zumthor (CH), Museum Kolumba Cologne (D).

 

www.drawingcenter.org/viewingprogram


Artist Statement – Koho Mori-Newton
 

In my artwork I focus attention on the relationship between what I see and my aesthetic cognition of what I see. 
In my drawing the lines are independent from each other and very often they appear together without any contextual meaning. 
The line is not used for composition, subject, or for anything else, meaning that it has its own identity in the picture. 

The silk installations take on the illusion of a wall. The wall is built with lengths of silk painted with ink. 

One length of silk is a line and the accumulation of these lines creates the final image, a silk wall. This work, for me, is between drawing and painting.
 

The three-dimensional objets do not represent anything in particular and usually stand in groups. 

In all of my work the fragility of the line is very important to me.

 

 

Lauren Newton, vocalist

Born in Oregon, USA, she completed vocal studies in Oregon and in Stuttgart, Germany. She lives in Germany since1974 as a vocal performer and teacher of jazz vocals in Lucerne, Switzerland. 

Her performances range from solo to collaborations with various groups in USA, Canada, Central America, Europe, Russia, Lithuania, Georgia, Africa, S.Korea, Thailand with extensive touring in Japan since 1982. 

Concerts and recordings with: Vienna Art Orchestra(1979-89), Vocal Summit with Bobby McFerrin (1982-84), vocal quartet Timbre, Anthony Braxton(sax), bassists Barre Phillips, Joelle Lèandre, Tetsu Saitoh, with pianists Aki Takase, Masahiko Satoh, with vocalists Koichi Makigami, Phil Minton, with drummers Fritz Hauser, Jechun Park, Vladimir Tarasov, Masahiko Togashi, among many others. Her own projects include compositions for music-dance-theater productions, large and small ensembles, and choirs. Her discography encompasses over 75 recordings. 

www.laurennewton.com

http://laurennewton.bandcamp.com

 

Lauren Newton: short reviews

"Even from today's viewpoint, Lauren Newton is an outstanding frontier-breaker between controlled artful music and jazz-like emotionality."… "One thing is clear: many will not be able to follow in the "voice"steps of Lauren Newton because they lack those vocal capabilities." Jazzthetik

"Newton sings, sighs, moans, clucks, recites - she uses her voice as an instrument with all its possibilities, and her talent is immense." I.S.B.

"With unbelievable imagination and absolute consequence, Lauren Newton pulls all the stops of contemporary techniques and vocal expressions giving back the voice its place as a most fascinating and unsurpassable instrument." Central Bavarian News

"A concert with Lauren Newton is never boring." Jazzpodium

     
 A N D I  sverrir guðjónsson

 

                                                                                 

In recent years I have created and co-operated in projects where the voice and vocal sounds are used in an unusual and different manner, compared to the more classical approach. In this video named ANDI, which in Icelandic means both spirit and breath, a dialogue and a battle between water and voice takes place, which brings to the surface, emotions from the depth of our existence, transformed into sounds. The performance consists of five variations, filmed without repeating. Each one of the seven faces is connected to an emotion, and at the same time symbolise the journey of ANDI, from beginning to the end.

 

A N D I: Sverrir Guðjónsson

Contact: artcentrum@centrum.is

Video and stills: Brian FitzGibbon

Prints: Brooks Walker

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