Milli fjalls og fjöru / Between mountain and tide
24.03.18 – 19.05.18
The Living Art Museum proudly presents the exhibition Ragna Róbertsdóttir Between mountain and tide, opening March 24, 2018 at 4pm.
The exhibition considers works in light of their current time and location, more than thirty years from Ragna´s first solo exhibition in The Living Art Museum in 1986.
Between mountain and tide traces a record through landscape, evidence of Ragna´s meticulous relation to materials found in nature. Confronted by the remains of quiet volcanoes, the evolution of shells washed up out of the sea or multiples of cut lava, these materials mark an innate compulsion to see, feel, collect and contain before being able to understand. They form microcosms for the world – not in the least Ragna´s – and make effort to grasp it.
A carefulness is paid towards works in lava, pumice, glass, salt, shells and neon-plastic, placed within the architecture of the walls, the floor, the frames found in the museum. Their minimalism exposes the vulnerability that just as we move, nature moves, changing with the shifts in time and because of us.
On the soles of our shoes, in our pocket landscapes, through our fingertips. From the top of the mountain down to the shoreline, the wilderness is manmade.
There is also an element of the future present here. Considerate of the location of the exhibition in the harbour, neon-plastic resonates in a different way. Although comforting to sit in the magnified version of the vastness of nature, it is less romantic to consider the measurement of timelessness or scale through nature replaced by unfamiliar material. Shells brought up on the beach briefly, only to be washed out again to sea with the current in a seemingly timeless cycle of back and forth are taken over, replaced and outlived.
Ragna Róbertsdóttir reveals to us that the environment is incapable of being indifferent towards our human existence, our impression securely upon its surface. Landscape still consuming us in her process and energy, but, as Markus Þór Andrésson points out, it is us who make it.
Curated by Þorgerður Ólafsdóttir and Becky Forsythe
Exhibition design by Ásmundur Hrafn Sturluson
Accompanying the exhibition is an extensive monograph on Ragna´s practice published by DISTANZ and offering a coherent look into her works from the eighties to the present. With essays by Gregory Volk and Markús Þór Andrésson. Design and layout by Studio Studio (Arnar Freyr Guðmundsson & Birna Geirfinnsdóttir).
Ragna Róbertsdóttir (b. 1945) lives and works in Reykjavík and Berlin. Ragna´s works have been exhibited in Europe, North America, China and Australia.
Recent exhibitions and projects include Staðir / Places in Arnarfjörður (2016), Four Parts Divided, i8 (2016), Seascape, Akureyri Art Museum (2013), Firðir/Fjords with Harpa Árnadóttir, Bíldudalur curated by Markús Þór Andrésson (2012), Mindscape, Hamish Morrison Galerie, Berlín (2010), exhibition in Bury Art Gallery Museum + Archives, Bury, England (2008), New Bedford Art Museum, Massachusetts, USA (2005), Chinese European Art Center, Xiamen, China (2004), Reykjavík Art Museum – Kjarvalsstaðir (2004) and National Gallery of Iceland (2003).