Margrét H. Blöndal & Lars Laumann
February 14, 2009 – March 29, 2009.
Opening Reception: Friday February 13, 6-9pm
This two-person exhibition features the work of Icelandic sculptor Margrét H. Blöndal and Norwegian video artist Lars Laumann.
Blöndal’s work most often utilizes found domestic elements to create installations that suggest quixotic reference or function. In their materiality they are most often light and somewhat ephemeral, evoking an existence in a marginal space or uncompleted form. As Jessica Morgan, Contemporary Curator at Tate Modern, describes “[e]ncoded in Blöndal’s found objects is a process of repeated erasure and re-inscription of value that results in a rebounding of associations and the layering of meaning or systems, all embodied in one sign.” The use of remnants from society to create these structures necessarily allows a continuum of reference from their previous function to how they exist within the sculptural space. Both formally and conceptually the work maintains a speculative or provisional sense.
For source material Lars Laumann has repeatedly turned to popular culture, mining the Internet for material and content for his videos. However it does not appear that the interest is explicitly the vagaries of pop culture but rather an engagement with the increased ability in the present-age to connect and construct systems of reference. The topics in two of his most significant works – Morrissey Foretelling the Death of Diana (2006) and Berlinmuren (2008) – utilize individuals with a personal interest in reconfiguring commonplace meaning. Laumann documents notional structures at the edge of society, elements of which feel familiar and common yet he gives voice to individuals whose perspectives engender a radical shift on how certain objects and occurrences can be thought of. Laumann simultaneously confronts the audience with the instability of meaning within society and art, but also humanizes the edges of society.
Gallery tour with artists and exhibition curator, Gavin Morrison. At Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, February 14, noon. A free walk-through of the exhibition with both the exhibiting artists as they discuss their work with the curator and answer questions from the audience.
Brief Artist Biographies
Margrét H. Blöndal
b. 1970, Reykjavík, Iceland. Lives & works Reykjavík, Iceland.
Margrét H. Blöndal completed her MFA at Rutgers University and has had recent solo projects at: Mother´s Tank, Dublin; Galleria Alessandra Bonomo, Rome; Nicolas Krupp Galerie, Basel; Dandruff Space and Shroud, Brooklyn, NY; Reykjavík Art Festival, Reykjavík; Filiale Basel, Basel; and Safn, Reykjavík. In addition she has also been included in exhibitions at: Manifesta 7, Trentino, Italy; MAC-Museum of Contemporary Art Chile; Plug-In Institute of Contemporary Art, Manitoba; Kuckei + Kuckei, Berlin; The National Gallery of Iceland; Solvent Space, Virginia; Projects Art Centre, Dublin; and Anahuacalli Museum, Mexico City.
b.1975, Brønnøysund, Norway. Lives & works Oslo, Norway.
Laumann graduated from the Academy of Fine arts in Oslo in 2003. He recently took part in the group show The Hidden at Maureen Paley in London. He has had solo exhibitions at White Columns curated by Matthew Higgs in New York and Screening, curated By Dan Fuller in Philadelphia. His work has been included in a number of group exhibitions including Berlin Biennial; The artist and the computer at MoMA, New York; Medium Cool, Art in General New York; Peer In Peer Out, The Moore Space, Miami; There is always a machine between us, Camera Work, San Fransisco; Entre Chienne et Louvre, Le commissariat, Paris; The Dulcet Clime of the Bedchamber curated by Nicholas Weist at Goff + Rosenthal in Berlin.