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Erla S. Haraldsdóttir at Galleri Konstepidemin in Göteborg.

Erla S. Haraldsdóttir opened the exhibition “GENESIS” at Galleri Konstepidemin the  26th of  November.

Konstepidemin is at Konstepidemins väg 6, 413 14  Göteborg, Sweden.

The exhibition is open from 26th November to 18th December, 12:00–16:00.


The Icelandic artist Erla S. Haraldsdóttir works with painting, animation, video, and photomontage to appropriate and restructure reality. An academically trained painter, she has been focusing on figurative painting in which the physicality of the paint and the use of color to create space, light, and shadow play an important role. Haraldsdóttir’s work combines photorealistic motifs with painterly excellence and humor to explore how memories, emotions, and visual perception interact. A unique combination of concept-based methods, energetic brushwork, and a vivid palette make her recent works, such as Make a Painting of Trees Growing in a Forest (solo exhibition at Kalmar Konstmuseum in 2015) and Visual Wandering (solo exhibition at Listasafn ASÍ in 2014), unique motivic studies.

Methodology is central to Haraldsdóttir’s painterly practice. To create her process-driven works, she invents systems and techniques based on what she likes to call the “freedom of restraint.” This denotes a combination of rules and restrictions, impromptu choices of places or stories, and tasks assigned to her by other people. She extends these methods into her teaching as well as into her complex collaborations, such as the workshops she has held in art schools in Iceland, Sweden, and beyond. The publication Difficulty of Freedom/Freedom of Difficulty (Reykjavík: Umeå Academy of Fine Arts and Crymogea, 2014) retraces this part of her work through a workshop at the Living Art Museum (2013) and at Verkligheten art space in Umeå (2014). Her latest publication, Make a Painting of Trees Growing in a Forest (Reykjavík: Crymogea, 2015) further highlights the systems underpinning her paintings.

Haraldsdóttir has exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide, including at Kalmar Konstmuseum (Sweden), Moderna Museet (Stockholm), Akureyri Art Museum (Iceland), Kunstverein Langenhagen (Germany), Bielefelder Kunstverein (Germany), Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin), and Berlinische Galerie (Berlin). Her work is represented in public collections in Iceland (Reykjavík Art Museum, Akureyri Art Museum, Así Artnuseum) and in Sweden (National Public Art Council, Moderna Museet). She has completed numerous residencies, including at Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin), Cité des Arts (Paris), and Ateliers ’89 (Oranjestad, Aruba). Her recent exhibitions include Just Painted (Reykjavík Art Museum, 2015), Project Metropolis (Silesian Museum, Katowice, 2015), Visual Wandering (Listasafn ASÍ, Reykjavík, 2014), (In)dependent People, Reykjavík Arts Festival (2012), and Moment-Ynglingagatan 1 (Moderna Museet, 2011.

Haraldsdóttir studied at the Royal Institute of Fine Art in Stockholm and at the San Francisco Arts Institute, and obtained her degree from the Valand Academy of Fine Art in Gothenburg in 1998. Born in Reykjavík, she currently lives and works in Berlin. From 2011 to 2015, she was a guest professor at the Umeå Academy of Fine Arts, Sweden.


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