The solo exhibition pollur – spegill by Margrét H. Blöndal, is ongoing from Oct 7 – Nov 26 in the Skaftfell gallery.
I was moving along on foot, water that had pored from the sky filled the dents in the paths. Mirror, mirror on my way. Some are muddy holes, others opaque and then somewhere the clear bottom glitters through. A puddle is deep, sodden which swallows and makes something vanish. A mirror is flat – true or free dimensional – still you can look into the infinity – or not. A puddle coats a damage, it covers or emphasizes – depending on what you want and want. A puddle is a disguise – the reflection – you appear or disappear behind your own image.
The exhibition consists of six works that all were made a few days prior to the opening. The artist’s work process begun with examining the gallery, its shape and atmosphere, followed by a process of arranging and placing around the space, detailed objects made out of everyday material, wire, plastic, thread, stick etc. These materials were transformed and animated into curious objects that contain a familiar presence and together weave a poetic and fine tuned installation.
In her travells Margrét is alert and, at the same time, subconsciously ready to collect materials to process and animate into new objects. She brought with her to Seyðisfjörður a selection of her global stock as well as gathering new material in the fjord when visiting local homes, storages and storehouses.
Margrét H. Blöndal lives and works in Reykjavík. She graduated from the Icelandic College of Arts and Crafts in 1993 and completed her masters from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, USA, in 1997. Recent exhibition include a solo exhibition at Galerie Thomas Fischer, Berlin (2017); i8 Gallery, Reykjavík (2016); Felldur, Harbinger, Reykjavík (2015); Listasafn Reykjavíkur (2014) and Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, USA (2009). Her work has been exhibited in various group exhibitions, including: Entangled: Material and Making, Turner Contemporary, Margate (2017); 6th Momentum, Moss, Norway (2011); Manifesta 7, Trentino, Italy (2008) and Kunstverein Baselland, Swiss (2006). In 2009 she stayed as an artists-in-residence at Laurenz Haus Stiftung, Basel. Alongside her practise Margrét has worked as a teacher.