"The Other Side Of Things (On The Other Side)"
Haraldur Jonsson, Sigurdur Gudjonsson, Darri Lorenzen, Birta Gudjonsdottir & Geirthrudur Finnbogadottir Hjorvar
Curated by: Birta Gudjonsdottir
Opening: Tuesday 25 April 2006, 6-8pm
Dates: 25 April-13 May 2006
"Iceland and Australia have at least in common that both the isles where the desert is rich in the middle. The countries are hollow but also filled with the fantasies, at either end of the world as we know it." Thus sounds entrance catalogs group exhibitions of Icelandic artists was opened in Melbourne yesterday. The exhibition entitled "The Other Side of Things (On The Other Side)", and according to the press release title refers to the geographical distance between the country of exhibitors and exhibition place itself in southern Australia. Art Gallery which hosts the exhibition called BUS and Gallery is located in central Melbourne.
Fantasies and poetic vision:
"I met a gallery owner (Tristian Koening) in Venice last summer, and he invited me to his work at the gallery and it developed into holding an exhibition with more local artists," says Display controller exhibition she got teamed up with the Darra Lorenzen, Geir Thru Finnbogadóttir hearts, Harald Jonsson Sigurdur Gudjonsson to participate in the show. Since it is both quite expensive and time consuming to get to Australia were only two artists attend the opening, the Show and Harold.
The press release says that "the work of the artists are characterized by fantasy, emotional approach and lyrical vision, characteristic elements in Icelandic art. The exhibition goes útfrá personal experiences and perceptions, who can not speak."
The works are done in various media, but there are three video works, photographs, and so are sculptures and sound works. According Display related works not directly challenge but more aesthetic.
"It was really very nice opening, a great number of people. Most of the guests were people from the art world here that we have seen this week that we have stayed here," says Post.
The beginning of a good friendship:
Besides putting up this show and show it the intention of the trip also to the Australians Icelandic art. "We took with us a bunch of promotional material for the purpose," says Post. "We have also been good to approach artists from here and Museum Director with a view to strengthen relations between the countries that have so far not been very high."
Display says Australians have shown a lot of interest as well as Icelandic art in general and wants it mean that it is a good basis for strengthened cultural cooperation between the two countries. "It's been a matter floods on both sides that although Australia is much larger than Iceland and all the things I have found out that there is so much in common with us, too. It is like the Islanders-complexes running with us. I feel also needed for both parties to maintain and strengthen the relationship. This is just blábyrjunin of good friendship, I think."