Look at Us
A solo exhibition by Halla Gunnarsdóttir
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.
Opening September 17, 16:00-18:00
Running until October 2, open 11:00-17:00 Tues-Sat.
About the Artist:
Halla Gunnarsdóttir was born in Reykjavík, Iceland 1974. She studied at the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy between 1994-1996 during which time she spent several months at the Surikov Academy in Moscow. She completed her B.A from The New School, NY and an M.F.A in figurative sculpture at The New York Academy of Art. In 2003 she was awarded the NYAA sculpture research fellowship. She also holds an MBA from Paris-Sorbonne University.
As well as working as a sculptor and painter Halla has worked as an art director and received several nominations for the Icelandic Theater Awards, winning the award in 2011 for her design for the rock opera “Shockheaded Peter”. In 2008 Halla participated in a month long residency in Amman, Jordan. The residency was designed to bring together European artists and artists from the Middle East with special focus on artists from Iraq who were residing in Amman as refugees. In 2009 Halla won a public competition held by the City of Reykjavík for a sculpture of Tómas Guðmundsson, an Icelandic poet. The sculpture is situated in the center of Reykjavík. Halla recently spent a year in Stockholm where she had an atelier at Wip:Sthlm, a collaborative venture involving over 90 artists.
Halla´s work has mostly focused on the human body, animals and hybrid sculptures. Her recent work is inspired by environmental and conservation issues and her travels to places such as Indonesia and Antarctica. In September 2015 she travelled to the Arctic, sailing from Svalbard, north into pack ice and then to Greenland, with a team of scientists, wildlife photographers and cinematographers to raise awareness about the effects of climate change. Halla did the production design for “Let the Right One In” at the National Theater of Iceland, which opened in March and was subsequently nominated for the Icelandic Theater Awards for the design.