… and what then?

opening at 6 pm

Andreas Brunner, Eva Ísleifs, Freyja Eilíf, Fritz Hendrik IV, Huginn Þór Arason, Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson, Rebecca Erin Moran, Rúna Þorkelsdóttir, Steinunn Gunnlaugsdóttir, Thorvaldur Thorsteinsson, Þórður Ben Sveinsson

Welcome to the opening of … and what then? Thursday June 13 2019 at 6 pm

And what then? These words involve a contrasting spectrum of feelings. Wonder, surrender, fear and powerlessness. Excitement, joy and hope. Curiosity and indifference. These different threads all gather in uncertainty.

Uncertainty about what could have been, did or did not take place, and what is yet to come. Uncertainty which rips us out of the now, towards different destinations and other possible scenarios. And what then?

At this years summer exhibition at The Living Art Museum, works of eleven artists meet, which together and individually address the imminent and investigate art as an influencer. What does it tell us about the future? Can art change what is yet to happen? Even many years after the work was created? Does art help us cope with reality or to disappear into different realms? If so, where to? How can art be political? By taking a stand? Or by helping us get away from the everyday? By showing us something that might possibly never happen?

The future is not yet upon us and is therefore both intangible and distant. This exhibition is an attempt to bring it closer. A platform for
speculation, for changing one’s mind. The exhibited works invite visitors to dwell in uncertainty for a while. They revolve around that which is yet to come, the chaotic and the terrible. But also the dream of utopias – since radical thinking, pipe dreams and the disaster worlds of the future all feed on the idea of something better.

Curator: Sunna Ástþórsdóttir

With generous support from The Icelandic Visual Art Fund and The Icelandic Museum Fund.