AT TWILIGHT

  • 5.7.2014 - 28.9.2014, Listasafn Íslands
Through time artists have explored and been lured by the mystical space created by promt contrasts of light and shadow and weather transformations. But, the transition of the twilight also affects other creatures than humans and Mother Nature; the contrast to sunlight and daylight is night and darkness when strange creatures are on the move. The local folklore tells tales of night trolls; uncanny creatures who reside in caves and canyons, that if they are exposed to sunlight they turn into stone. For long Icelanders have read various symbols from the land and commonly perceived stone formations as transformed troll figures. From such play of fantasy and conflict between the bright world and the darker forces of nature, folktales are created, even in our times.

The exhibition is intended to provide insight into the process of research and exploration of Icelandic artists on refraction, shadowplay in nature and luminous effect of optical spectra.

The works in this exhibition are all by Icelandic artists from the collection of the National Gallery of Iceland spanning the period from 1900 to 2013, by such artists as Guðmunda Andrésdóttir, Ásgerður Búadóttir, Dodda Maggý, Svavar Guðnason, Spessi (Sigurþór Hallbjörnsson), Gerður Helgadóttir, Ásgrímur Jónsson, Sigurður Árni Sigurðsson, Jón Stefánsson and Þórarinn B. Þorláksson.