Ragna Róbertsdóttir – Between Mountain and Tide
24 March – 19 May 2018
Opening Saturday 24 March, 4pm
Between Mountain and Tide traces a record through landscape, evidence of Róbertsdóttir’s meticulous relation to materials found in nature. Confronted by the remains of quiet volcanoes, the evolution of shells washed up out of the sea or multiples of cut lava, these materials mark an innate compulsion to see, feel, collect and contain before being able to understand…
A carefulness is paid towards works in lava, pumice, glass, salt, shells and fluorescent plastic, placed within the architecture of the walls, the floor, the frames found in the museum. Their minimalism exposes the vulnerability that just as we move, nature moves, changing with the shifts in time and because of us. On the soles of our shoes, in our pocket landscapes, through our fingertips. From the top of the mountain down to the shoreline, the wilderness is manmade.
The Exhibition is curated by Thorgerdur Ólafsdóttir and Becky Forsythe with exhibition design by Ásmundur Hrafn Sturluson.
Ragna Róbertsdóttir (b. 1945) lives and works in Reykjavík and Berlin. Her works have been exhibited in Europe, North America, China and Australia. Recent exhibitions and projects include Places in Arnarfjördur (2016), Four Parts Divided, i8 (2016), Seascape, Akureyri Art Museum (2013), Fjords with Harpa Árnadóttir, Bíldudalur (2012), Mindscape, Hamish Morrison Galerie, Berlin (2010), Exhibition in Bury Art Gallery Museum + Archives, Bury, England (2008), New Bedford Art Museum, Massachusetts, USA (2005), Chinese European Art Center, Xiamen, China (2004), Reykjavík Art Museum – Kjarvalsstadir (2004) and National Gallery of Iceland (2003).
Accompanying the exhibition is an extensive monograph on Róbertsdóttir’s practice, published by DISTANZ. It offers a coherent look into her works from the eighties to the present, with essays by Gregory Volk and Markús Thór Andrésson. The book is designed by Arnar Freyr Gudmundsson & Birna Geirfinnsdóttir at Studio Studio. For more information, visit www.Distanz.de