Look at Us
Exhibition Opening | Saturday, September 17 | 16:00-18:00
Vulnerable and endangered animals are portrayed with distinctively human features and placed in often humorous poses, settings and situations that strive to evoke an emphathic link between the subject and the viewer. By anthropomorphizing its subjects the work hopes to show that what separates us from animals is very little and, at the same time, to communicate the gravity of the man-made crisis they face.
About the Artist:
Halla Gunnarsdóttir was born in Reykjavík 1974. She began her art studies at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy and completed her M.F.A in figurative sculpture at The New York Academy of Art in 2003. Upon graduation she was awarded the NYAA sculpture research fellowship. She also holds a B.A in Liberal Arts from The New School in New York and an MBA from Paris-Sorbonne University.
Halla´s work has mostly focused on the human body and animals. Much of her recent work is inspired by environmental and conservation issues concerning endangered animals and her travels to places such as Indonesia, Antarctica and the Arctic, In August 2015 she travelled to the Arctic with a team of scientists and wildlife photographers to raise awareness about the effects of climate change. As an art director she has received several nominations for the Icelandic Theatre Awards, winning the award in 2011 for Shockheaded Peter. In 2009 she won a public sculpture competition for a sculpture of Tómas Guðmundsson now situated in the centre of Reykjavík. In 2014 Halla spent a year in Stockholm working in a studio at Wip:Sthlm, one of the biggest art collectives in Sweden.
Running until October 1, open 11:00-17:00 Tuesday – Saturday.