Three exhibitions opening at Reykjavík Art Museum –Hafnarhús next Saturday
Three exhibitions will be opened at Reykjavík Art Museum –Hafnarhús next Saturday 14th of September at 4 p.m.
These are exhibitions by Zilvinas Kempinas, Tomas Martišauskis along with the joint exhibition Icelandic Video Art from 1975-1990.
Zilvinas Kempinas (b. 1969, Lithuania) has been using magnetic tapes from VHS cassettes to create works that apparently deny the original functions of the medium, but his works continue to stir up various levels of nostalgias in cultures that are familiar with the tape format, toward a replaced technology. Sleek and shiny, the black tape with a width of 12.7 mm, which used to wind between two spools in plastic case, has been removed from its casing to become an object to be experienced in a physical space.
Creature is a site specific installation by Lithuanian artist Tomas Martišauskis (b. 1977), which is a postmodern take on the relationship between sculptural matter and the space. Using advanced technologies he translates a specific sculptural object into various mediums thus expanding the notion of traditional sculpture. Paradoxical relationship between authenticity and a copy enables to see different aspects of the object: its interior and exterior, its sound, plasticity in animation and in the structural drawing.
The exhibitions are a part of the Cultural Program of the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and supported by The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania.
Icelandic Video Art from 1975-1990
The exhibition highlights the first steps by Icelandic artists in using video as an artistic medium. All the works were first shown in Iceland between 1980 and 1990; only a few have been exhibited since then. The exhibition also explores the circumstances of the artists, and asks questions about the preservation of works of video art, and how works of that period should be shown. Curator: Margrét Elísabet Ólafsdóttir