At this year's edition of UNTITLED, Miami Beach, BERG Contemporary will present works by three artists of different backgrounds and nationalities; John Zurier, Kees Visser and Páll Haukur Björnsson.
John Zurier (b. 1956) grew up in Santa Monica, California and received his MFA in Fine Arts from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1984. He participated in the 30th São Paulo Biennial in São Paulo, Brazil (2012), the California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach (2010), the Gwangju Biennial, South Korea (2008), and the Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2002). He has had numerous solo exhibitions in the US as well as Europe and Japan, and his work is in public collections including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. John Zurier received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2010. He currently lives and works in Berkeley, California and Reykjavík, Iceland.
Kees Visser (b. 1948) left his native Holland in the 1970s and settled in Iceland where he continues to spend part of his time while also residing in the Netherlands and in France. In Iceland he became part of the cosmopolitan art scene with its strong focus on Fluxus, minimalism and conceptual art. Visser’s own work has long combined these influences in works that emphasise abstraction and serial presentation, focusing on colour theory and the exploration of spatial forms and representations. Kees Visser’s work can be found in several major public and private collections and retrospective exhibitions have been held in Museé Matisse, Le Cateau-Cambrésis, (2009) and in the National Gallery of Iceland (2013). In 2018, Kees Visser was awarded the Vishal Art Award and will have a retrospective in Vishal in Haarlem (NL) in December 2018.
With his art Páll Haukur Björnsson (b. 1981) tries to break away from and interrogate any given notions of meaning by asking what constitutes an object. His drawings and sculptures are often what he likes to call “unstable objects”, or works of art that aim at complicating the relations that define them. His work represents change or flux, either through its relationship to the body in space or through the material condition of the work itself – often using biological substances like honey or mycelium as parts of the sculptural practice. The result is an aesthetic experience that constantly asks the viewer to situate and re-situate herself in relation to object and space as Páll Haukur aims to compromise the semiological boundaries between a person and an object, between a thing and thing. Páll Haukur studied at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts and the California Institute of the Arts where he graduated with a MFA in 2013. With a focus on drawing, sculpture and performance, his installations have been shown in Iceland, Europe and the US since 2008. He lives and works in Reykjavík.