Fimmtudaginn þann 5. febrúar, klukkan 17, opnar í Týsgallerí sýningin KJÖR með nýjum verkum Haraldar Jónssonar. Sýningin stendur til 1. mars.
Haraldur hefur á 25 ára ferli sínum komið víða að í listsköpun sinni og markað sér stöðu með skýr og afgerandi höfundareinkenni. Sú sérstaða markast af því hvernig hann safnar í sarpinn og þræðir sig um ólík rými út frá ákveðinni nálgun — sem er hvort tveggja í senn landkönnun tilfinninga og hins ómælanlega heims.
Viðeigandi kjörorð gætu hljómað í þessa veru: “I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”
En rétt eins höfundur þessara orða, vísindamaðurinn Isaac Newton var ekki allur þar sem hann var séður — þá býr meir en stundargaman að baki þeirrar leikgleði sem einkennir list Haraldar Jónssonar. Úr úthafinu veiðir hann furðuleg djúpsjávarkvikindi — hugrenningartengsl og tilfinningar — sem draga sannleik upp úr myrkrinu sem við síður viljum kannast við — sannleik sem við jafnóðum sveipum dulum: þagnir, mörk, uggur og litir — út í skapandi eirðarleysi.
Five o’clock next Thursday, the fifth of February, the exhibition KJÖR will be held by artist Haraldur Jonsson in Týsgallery. The exhibition is until March 1st.
The exhibition will be featuring new work that will also mark the 25th anniversary of his career; one which has earned him a reputation of being one of the most versatile, yet distinctive, contemporary artists in Iceland. Distinguished not so much by a specific theme or a set of materials, he’s rather defined by a singular approach, a method even — being simultaneously a charting of our sensibilities as the exploraion of a landscape beyond the measurable world.
One would have to look elsewhere in order to attribute a proper motto to this method: “I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”
But just as we know these words betrayed a deeper undercurrent in Isaac Newton — there’s more than meets the eye in the playful way by which Haraldur Jónsson explores this uncharted ocean of our experience. Never abandoning the surface, he nevertheless gives an expression of someone who’s angling for creatures living on a greater depht — emotions and connotations — the kind of revelations we try to avoid — to wrap under cover: The silence, our borders, the anxieties and our colors — which drive us onward to a creative restlessness. In Kjör, there is the moment of a forced choice, where Haraldur Jónsson is working with a cover we all know — a screen, a wrap, a mystery — that has a particular social dimension, signifying both the moment when an individual is initiated into the public live but also the loss of that oceanic sense; the exploration of endless possibilities.
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