Ásmundur Ásmundsson / Erling T.V. Klingenberg / Magnús Sigurðarson / og gestir / and guests / David Diviney & Robin McAulay
Listamenn á barmi einhvers-II/ Artists on the verge of something-II
04. 07. 2008 - 10. 08. 2008
The exhibition opens 4th of July at 5 pm. During the opening this remarkable day will be celebrated in a special way.

10 years since the artists exhibited together at the Living Art Museum.

English text on Asmundur Asmundsson, Erling T.V. Klingenberg and Magnus Sigurdarson coming soon.

Text on guests:

David Diviney:

My involvement with sculpture—its history, traditions and language—has been driven by an ongoing interest in object relations that suggest narrative, sometimes humourous and parodic structures. Within this, for over a decade I have been particularly drawn to working with ubiquitous objects, materials and other things from our surroundings that we tend to look past; the thought of the familiar as the invisible and the possibilities therein are alluring. Working fairly economically, I alter, join together and build around common, everyday items—plastic buckets, rubber boots, knit hats, roofing shingles, etc.—creating new and hopefully meaningful forms. I see the resulting works as gestures that respond to and restage aspects of human experience. While an interest in specificity of finish and construction is certainly at play, this gives way to a broader set of concerns that speak such polarities of life as past versus present, community versus self-reliance, civilization versus wilderness.

Though the materials and techniques that I bring to my work vary, in terms of theoretical and conceptual links, an interest in the rural and the representation thereof in cultural and academic discourse provide common ground. I’ve been taken by the notion of the rural as a point of transition between the man-made and natural worlds, a somewhat abstract space, and where this idea meets up against popular culture as well as personal and shared histories. In response, my most current work looks to a decidedly pastoral vernacular of folklore—pioneer tales, foundational myths, etc.—and other backwoods constructs—outsider art forms, do-it-yourself aesthetics and related activities. Here I look to make connections to my own autobiography, having been raised in the foothills of Appalachia, and between the structures of our cultural allegories and the formal and material language of sculpture.

Robin McAulay:

The untitled waste series is a snapshot documentation taken early one morning in San Paolo area of Venice - 2007. Every night citizens of Venice leave their rubbish to be collected between 12.00 and 08.00 in the morning. If opened the contents of their rubbish would reveal an image of the type of individual they are - the manner in which their rubbish is presented to the outside also reveals patterns of behaviour and personality traits. These images are a spontaneous reaction to what was presented to me in the darkness and that is carefully kept away from the eyes of tourists during the daytime.

Artist statement.

Robin McAulay's work traverses aspects surrounding contemporary culture and the infinite materialization of urban landscape. As a photographer his images combine conceptual, abstract elements, and simultaneously questioning common notions of the sociology of neo-primitivism in modern Europe. He positions himself within the ubiquitous dualism of dynamism and subversion of allegorical images as patterns.

McAulay's photographic images are simply a static synthesis of the conceptual and the non-static of ideological foundation. His creative strategy is an assault on 21st century geomorphology of colour and space. McAulay engages in a collective dialogue, constructing realities and explores abstract and dynamic scenery as motifs to describe the idea of hyper-real space. Symbiotic dialogue is sanctioned putting into place forms and dynamics, conceptual loops to non-linear narratives.
Robin McAulay lives and works in Copenhagen.

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