STARA - 16.04.2015, Blaðsíða 41

STARA - 16.04.2015, Blaðsíða 41
S T A R A n o .3 1.T B L 2 0 15 41 Through its perception of reality, mankind shapes its surroundings, finding meaning in the myriad connections in the space between itself and reality. But at the same time, we are absorbing the influ- ences of the environment and the meanings others have placed on those connections. The first piece of Appeal that welcomes those who walk into Listasafn Árnesinga is Icelandic Birds (Íslenskir fuglar) by Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir and Mark Wilson. The piece challenges the spectator to perceive the scientific systems that man has created in order to organize reality and categorize it; and to understand what effect those systems can have on our relationships to others. The Icelandic birds that stand majestic and exalted on shelves fit the classifi- cation system, but the Icelandic parrots do not and are placed off to the side, they do not get a shelf and are glued with tape to the old classification poster. The appeal to perceive and be conscious of the power of the western classification system echoes throughout the works that leads the spectator on through the exhibition space. The works of Ólöf Nordal, Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson, and Anna Líndal all highlight awareness of the system’s power, leading the spectator into the middle of the exhibi- tion space where the appeal to perceive the influ- ence man has on nature through his systems contin- ues. Rósa Gísladóttir and Hrafnkell Sigurðsson expose the consequences of a system where the impact of plastic use on the biosphere has started to raise fears in people’s minds. Pétur Thomsen, Rúrí, and Eggert Pétursson each call on us to pay attention to the landscape and our relationship to it – how we con- nect to it through our situatedness, perception, and actions. In the two spaces on each side of the middle, the spectator will find on the one hand, the greater context of human beings and their connections to society, and on the other hand the small context of personal connections. The first space offers a glimpse into the mutual effect society has on the in- dividual and the individual has on society through the work of Gjörningarklúbburinn, Spessi, and Ósk Vilhjálmsdóttir. In the second space, the works of Ásthildur, Hildur Bjarnadóttir, Hildur Hákonardóttir and Ásdís Spanó call forth reflections on the influence of personal and emotional connections between people, generations, and between human beings and the landscape that oozes into their bodies and minds. The connections between generations are crystallized in the participation pieces by Gunndís Ýr Finnbogadóttir and Ásthildur, where they cre- ate spaces for the younger generation to perceive a connection to the past through stories of the ex- periences of the older generation, while the older ones gain perspective into the hopes and dreams of future generations. Appeal creates a greater awareness about the impor- tance of rethinking the connections between man and nature, as well as a greater awareness about the importance of art when it comes to sharing these connections and creating space to perceive them and contemplate.
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