More nonsense please!

The world needs more nonsense according to Reykjavik based artist and musician Steinunn Eldflaug. The 30 year old had a show in gallery cafe Bismut when we interviewed her in June last year. “I’ve been making music, I’ve been in a rock band, a punk band and electronic band and I’ve been doing my art on the side. Now I’ve just had an exhibition in Bismut I’m coming into the

Artist run spaces have more freedom

“Artist run spaces always have more freedom, it gives the artist an opportunity to kind of work without the influence of what it’s supposed to be which can happen in more commercial spaces and to do more interesting things.” That was the opinion of artist Hekla, 47, when we met her last summer in the newly rehoused Kling og Bang gallery in Reykjavik. Hekla whose work includes installations, videos and

Iceland’s appreciation of art is a value of the heart, but doesn’t have the money

Iceland’s appreciation of art is a value of the heart, but doesn’t have the money, according to Icelandic duo The Villains. Andrea Ágústa Aðalsteinsdóttir, 26, focuses on video performance, writing and photography. Her partner in The Villans, Anton Logi Ólafsson, also 26, works mostly in performance and media. We interviewed them at Ekkisens in Reykjavik where they were showing their exhibition Dog Eat Dog, which started as a look at

Art is important because it’s possible to get or offer different ways of feeling that are not part of daily life

“I think art is important, it’s important to have a space where it’s possible to get or to offer different ways of thinking…different ways of feeling that’s not normal or not part of daily life.” Katja Kottmann, a conceptual artist living in Berlin the last three years, spoke to us at Dzialdov an art space in Berlin she helps to manage. “It’s an art gallery, project space, off space, you

Open a space in a closet, it can be interesting

You could open an art space in a closet and it can be interesting, says Steinunn Önnudóttir who runs Harbinger project space in Reykjavik. “Any space can become interesting with the activities which are put on there, a closet can be a great space, it doesn’t have to have the biggest fanciest space.” The 33-year-old co-founded Harbinger in June 2014 after having studied abroad. “When I moved back here I

We are set free by our short art history

Icelandic artists are so free because of the country’s relatively short art history. At least that’s how artist Sunneva Ása Weisshappel sees it, especially when comparing to other European countries such as France or Germany. “I think because these countries have a long art history, there’s respect for artists they learn about it in school and learn to respect art as a way to tell the story. Instead the culture

Art culture is important, otherwise our lives would be very flat and uninteresting

“Art culture is important, otherwise our lives would be very flat and uninteresting.” 38-year-old painter Thrandur was showing his work in Gallery Port in Reykjavik when we interviewed him in the summer. His “old masterly” style depicts historical events in Iceland in new thought provoking ways, for example, in the painting we saw he had turned ‘the situation’ a period during the second world war when Icelandic women were dating

Gentrification is not black and white

Gentrification is not black and white – it brings the money as well as increases the rents, according to Reykjavik artist and gallery owner Ragnar of Bismut. Ragnar, 32, had been running his space Bismut a cafe with art gallery in Reykjavik for five months when we interviewed him for Artist Run. In his own work Ragnar works with found material from discarded electronics to make kinetic sculptures. “Art is

Give people something but everyone can take his own story with him

Art is about providing people with something that they can project their own stories onto. At least that was the opinion of German artist Lukas Kindermann when we caught up with him in Reykjavik last Summer. Lukas, who was exhibiting his book documenting the 2010 volcanic eruption in Iceland through 564 pages of seismographic data material at Harbinger gallery, told us: “Give people something but everyone can take his own

Tourists are a blessing and a curse for the Icelandic art scene

Tourists are a blessing and a curse for the Icelandic art scene according to the director of Gallery Port, Árni Már Erlingsson. The 30-year-old who started his art career writing on walls at the age of 12, spoke to us about running a temporary art space in the heart of downtown Reykjavik, where the influx of tourists in recent years has become a dominant force in the city. “It’s been