Á bókverkamessu í Bandaríkjunum | Next stop California: CODEX VII

🇮🇸 Undanfarnar vikur hafa ARKIR undirbúið þátttöku á CODEX bókverkasýningunni í Kaliforníu, sem fer fram dagana 3.-6. febrúar 2019, eins og áður hefur komið fram. Átta meðlimir ARKA halda til San Fransisco nú í byrjun febrúar. CODEX sýningin er haldin annað hvert ár, nú í sjöunda sinn og er ein virtasta og fjölsóttasta bókakaupstefna sinnar tegundar í heiminum. ARKIR munu sýna bókverk á sameiginlegum vettvangi norrænna bókverkalistamanna undir merkjum CODEX NORDICA. Kastljósum verður einnig beint að norrænum bókverkum á málþingi CODEX kaupstefnunnar. Eitt af verkefnunum er Bibliotek Nordica, – safn bókverka valdra listamanna, en verkin eru öll unnin sérstaklega af tilefninu. Fyrir verkefninu CODEX NORDICA fer norrænn hópur sem starfað hefur að ýmsum sýningum undir heitinu CODEX POLARIS.


🇬🇧 Past weeks ARKIR have been preparing participation in the seventh CODEX book fair in California, from Feb 3.-6, 2019. Eight members of ARKIR will travel to San Francisco and exhibit books by ARKIR. The group will be a part of the art project CODEX NORDICA that represents book artists from the Nordic countries: Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Finland and Sweden. Nordic book arts will also be in focus at the book fair’s symposium.  ARKIR are looking forward to visit and participate in “one of the top three book fairs in the world.”* The project CODEX NORDICA is organized by book artists of the artist’s network CODEX POLARIS. See also a press release below and make sure to visit the links to the websites of the Nordic art project. 

See you at CODEX VII at the Icelandic stand (Table No 126) in the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond in California!


BIBLIOTEK NORDICA – Verk í vinnslu | Works in progress:  Ingiríður Óðinsdóttir „Vefur“; Áslaug Jónsdóttir „Still growing potatoes“; Sigurborg Stefánsdóttir „Spor“; Svanborg Matthíasdóttir: „Pictures at an Exhibition II“.

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PRESS RELEASE

CODEX NORDICA at CODEX 2019 BOOK FAIR and SYMPOSIUM SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, USA, 3rd to 6th February 2019

Over 120 artists from the Nordic countries represented at CODEX 2019 For the CODEX 2019 event Codex Polaris has been invited to curate a Nordic focus featuring artists’ books from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. CODEX, a four-day art book fair held every two years in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, is one of the world’s largest book fairs for ‘handmade book as a work of art’. Over 200 stands show works from more than 20 countries and attracts over 5,000 visitors, including collectors from world-leading art institutions and libraries.

CODEX NORDICA will be showing work on five stands, in collaboration with partners from each of the countries: Pist Protta (DK), Tatjana Bergelt (FI), ARKIR Book Arts Group (IS), Codex Polaris (NO) and Lina Nordenström / Carina Fihn (SE). In addition, BIBLIOTEK NORDICA, a collaborative project organised by Codex Polaris will be launched at CODEX 2019 in its own stand. This is a library of ‘hot of the press’ books, by 82 Nordic artists. Three speakers will be taking at the Symposium and 25 of the participating artists will be attending Codex 2019.

An exhibition of POSTED/UNPOSTED ++, another collaborative project will open at the San Francisco Center for the Book as part of the Codex Nordica program on 2nd February and Codex Polaris will be talking at the Book Club of California on 4th February.

CODEX POLARIS is an art collective based in Bergen, Norway. Over the last five years, the group has organised a series of artists’ book events, exhibitions and participated in book fairs at home and abroad. The initiative focuses on the book as an art object, the book as a sculpture or installation and the handmade multiple.

If you are planning on visiting CODEX 2019 don’t miss this opportunity to meet the Nordic artists at the fair and see a large collection Nordic artists’ books, many that will be on show in the USA for the first time. Codex 2019 is a dangerous place for book lovers, there are also another 214 stands!

For more information: www.codexpolaris.com/codex-nordica and www.facebook.com/codexpolaris

For any questions please get in touch with:
Codex Polaris / Imi Maufe codexpolaris[at]gmail.com +47 90247476

CODEX NORDICA is kindly supported by: Nordic Culture Fund and The CODEX Foundation Individual countries are supported by: Bergen Municipality, Office of Contemporary Arts Norway, The Relief Fund for Visual Artists, Norway, The Norwegian Embassy in USA, Danish Arts Foundation, Helge Ax:son Johnsons Foundation, IASPIS – Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s international programme, Finnish Cultural Foundation, Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland, and the Arts Promotion Centre Finland. Bibliotek Nordica is supported by: Visual Artists Support Fund, Norway; Viborg Municipality and Vingaards Officin, Denmark.

BORDERLAND – sýningarlok | End of ARKIR exhibition at BIMA

Gleðilegt ár kæru lesendur og vinir ARKA! Það hefur verið rólegt yfir blogginu okkar en á bak við tjöldin eru ARKIR önnum kafnar. Fylgist með!

Happy New Year dear readers and friends of ARKIR near and far! Our blog has been somewhat quiet, but behind the scenes we are as busy as ever. Stay tuned!

Myndin hér fyrir ofan: Bláar stjörnur – Kristín Þóra Guðbjartsdóttir – Blue stars.


Mynd hér fyrir ofan | above: Sherry Grover Gallery – skjáskot – screenshot from BIMA homepage

🇮🇸 Brátt er á enda sýning okkar ARKANNA: JAÐARLAND / BORDERLAND, í  Sherry Grover Gallery í BIMA, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, í Washington-fylki í Bandaríkjunum. Sýningin opnaði formlega 12. október 2018 en henni lýkur nú 27. janúar 2019.

Verk á sýningunni eiga allar 11 ARKIR: Anna Snædís SigmarsdóttirArnþrúður Ösp KarlsdóttirÁslaug JónsdóttirBryndís BragadóttirHelga Pálína BrynjólfsdóttirIngiríður ÓðinsdóttirKristín GuðbrandsdóttirKristín Þóra GuðbjartsdóttirJóhanna Margrét TryggvadóttirSigurborg Stefánsdóttir og Svanborg Matthíasdóttir. Sýningarstjóri er Amy Goldthwaite.

Verkin voru einnig sýnd í Portland, Maine, á árinu 2018, sjá fyrri frétt. Nokkur verkanna á sýningunni eru kynnt hér á heimasíðunni – sjá með flýtileit hér. Nú stefnum við verkunum til Kaliforníu.

T.v. | left: Anna Snædís Sigmarsdóttir: Flöskuskeyti | Message in a bottle


🇬🇧 Our book art exhibition, BORDERLAND, in the Sherry Grover Gallery at BIMA, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, WA, USA, is coming to an end. The exhibition opened officially on October 12. 2018, and is closing next weekend, on January 27th.

Exhibitors are all 11 members of ARKIR: Anna Snædís SigmarsdóttirArnþrúður Ösp KarlsdóttirÁslaug JónsdóttirBryndís Bragadóttir,Helga Pálína BrynjólfsdóttirIngiríður ÓðinsdóttirKristín Guðbrandsdóttir,Kristín Þóra GuðbjartsdóttirJóhanna Margrét TryggvadóttirSigurborg Stefánsdóttir, and Svanborg Matthíasdóttir. The exhibition curator is Amy Goldthwaite.

The BORDERLAND works have been traveling the US, starting in Portland, Maine, – see post. They will now go to California. See short introductions and photos of a collection of works from the exhibition in previous posts, – links here

Jaðarland | Borderland – at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art

🇮🇸 Sýning á verkum okkar ARKA, JAÐARLAND / BORDERLAND, opnar nú innan skamms í  Sherry Grover Gallery í BIMA, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, í Washington-fylki í Bandaríkjunum. Sýningin opnar formlega 12. október 2018 og stendur til 3. febrúar 2019.

Verk á sýningunni eiga: Anna Snædís SigmarsdóttirArnþrúður Ösp KarlsdóttirÁslaug JónsdóttirBryndís BragadóttirHelga Pálína BrynjólfsdóttirIngiríður ÓðinsdóttirKristín GuðbrandsdóttirKristín Þóra GuðbjartsdóttirJóhanna Margrét TryggvadóttirSigurborg Stefánsdóttir og Svanborg Matthíasdóttir. Sýningarstjóri er Amy Goldthwaite.

Verkin voru einnig sýnd í Portland, Maine, fyrr á árinu – sjá fyrri frétt. Nokkur verkanna á sýningunni eru kynnt hér á heimasíðunni – sjá með flýtileit hér.

Myndin fyrir ofan: Arnþrúður Ösp Karlsdóttir –  Það vorar.
Mynd fyrir neðan: Bryndís Bragadóttir – Island Borders.


🇬🇧 We have a book art exhibition opening soon! The exhibition BORDERLAND has now been installed in the Sherry Grover Gallery at BIMA, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, WA, USA, and will open officially on the weekend of October 12. 2018, and run until Feb 3. 2019.

Exhibitors are all 11 members of ARKIR: Anna Snædís SigmarsdóttirArnþrúður Ösp KarlsdóttirÁslaug JónsdóttirBryndís Bragadóttir,Helga Pálína BrynjólfsdóttirIngiríður ÓðinsdóttirKristín Guðbrandsdóttir,Kristín Þóra GuðbjartsdóttirJóhanna Margrét TryggvadóttirSigurborg Stefánsdóttir, and Svanborg Matthíasdóttir. The exhibition curator is Amy Goldthwaite.

The BORDERLAND works are traveling the US, starting in Portland, Maine, earlier this year –see post. See also short introductions and photos of a collection of works from the exhibition in previous posts, – links here.

Above: Arnþrúður Ösp Karlsdóttir – Springtime.
Below: Bryndís Bragadóttir – Island Borders.

 

Jörð | Earth – Áslaug Jónsdóttir

Nú líður senn að lokum sýningarinnar JAÐARLAND / BORDERLAND sem opnaði í janúar í KCC Center for Book Arts í University of Southern Maine í Portland, Maine, í Bandaríkjunum.  Sýningin stendur til 30. apríl. „Jörð | Earth“ heitir eitt verkanna á sýningunni og er eftir Áslaugu Jónsdóttur. Hún kynnir hér verkið í myndum og texta.

Jörð | Earth eftir Áslaugu Jónsdóttur

„Hringlaga opnurnar eru eins og sjálfstæð hvel eða jarðarkringlur, en lokuð er bókin fjórðungur úr hring og opnuð getur hún myndað hálfkúlu. Í verkinu eru ljósmyndir af fjölbreytilegu yfirborði jarðar, gjarnan þar sem vindar, frost og snjór, flóð eða þurrkar hafa reynt á þolmörk svarðar og jarðar. Líklega er okkur eðlislægt að leita í gróskumikla, frjósama og blómlega náttúru, en þessi jaðarsvæði eru ekki síður heillandi því þar opinberast oft undraverður sigur lífmagnsins. Orðið „jörð“ hefur margar merkingar sem tengjast órjúfanlega: reikistjarnan jörð, heimkynni okkar, yfirborð jarðar, haglendi, bújörð, jarðvegurinn … – lítið orð með ofurmerkingu.


ARKIR’s book art exhibition BORDERLAND in KCC Center for Book Arts at the University of Southern Maine in Portland, Maine, USA, is soon to end, it closes April 30. But we continue to post photos and information on a selection of works from the exhibition. This time it is Áslaug Jónsdóttir who presents her artwork “Jörð | Earth”.

Jörð | Earth by Áslaug Jónsdóttir

“This book is a collection of round shaped images, each one like an orb of its own. Half-open the book forms a hemisphere, closed the form is a quarter of a circle. The photographs show various surfaces of the land, of the ground: the earth. The seasons and the soil, the dirt under our feet, all what deserves to be valued and cherished and given time to observe. We tend instinctively to seek the green, fertile and flourishing nature, but the peripheral areas of the earth: the land where wind and rain, frost and snow, flood and draught make it just about habitable, are no less fascinating, as they so often reveal the amazing victory of life. The word „earth“ has many meanings that are closely linked, indeed a small word with a huge significance!

Húm | Dusk – Arnþrúður Ösp Karlsdóttir

Hér kynnum við eitt verkanna á sýningunni JAÐARLAND / BORDERLAND sem nú stendur yfir í KCC Center for Book Arts í University of Southern Maine í Portland, Maine, í Bandaríkjunum. Arnþrúður Ösp Karlsdóttir kynnir verkið sitt „Húm“ í myndum og texta.

Húm eftir Arnþrúði Ösp Karlsdóttur

„Húm er tími dagsins þegar dimmir, sólin hverfur og birta og litir dofna í umhverfinu. Heimurinn verður gegnsær í gráum tónum, ljós og skuggar mynda ákveðna stemningu eða andrúmsloft. Í bókverkunum, sem unnin eru með svörtu bleki og vaxi á vatnslitapappír, vinn ég með gegnsæi, ljós og skugga í gráum litatónum.


We continue to introduce a selection of works that are displayed at the current book art exhibition BORDERLAND in KCC Center for Book Arts at the University of Southern Maine in Portland, Maine. Here it is Arnþrúður Ösp Karlsdóttir who presents her artwork “Dusk”.

Dusk by Arnþrúður Ösp Karlsdóttir

“Húm. Dusk, the time when day turns into night. The light from the sun fades, colors gradually disappear from around us and we are left in a world of transparent grays, the subtle atmospheric twilight of a shadowy transition into darkness. In these artist books, I am using black ink and wax on watercolor paper, achieving semi-transparency, trying to recreate the mood of ‘húm’.

Click on the images to enlarge | Smellið á myndirnar til að stækka.

Ættarakur | Family Field – Kristín Þóra Guðbjartsdóttir

Við höldum áfram með kynningar á verkum sem finna má á sýningunni JAÐARLAND / BORDERLAND sem nú stendur yfir í KCC Center for Book Arts í University of Southern Maine í Portland, Maine, í Bandaríkjunum. „Ættarakur“ heitir eitt verkanna á sýningunni og er eftir Kristínu Þóru Guðbjartsdóttur. Hún kynnir hér verkið í myndum og texta.

Ættarakur eftir Kristínu Þóru Guðbjartsdóttur

„Bókin er ættarskrá. Skráning á afkomendum foreldra minna, sem árið 2012, þegar bókin var gerð, töldu um 72 manns. Ef bókin yrði endurgerð í dag mynd hún innihalda hátt í hundrað nöfn. Þegar bókin er opnuð, spretta nafnaspjöldin upp, skellast saman nánast eins og í samræðum og sveiflast til og frá þegar bókin er dregin út og þanin sundur og saman eins og harmóníka. Þegar bókin er handfjötluð enn nánar og leikið með form hennar, vefjast og fléttast nafnaspjöldin saman og mynda nánast hreiður. Öll erum við stök rétt eins og nafnaspjöldin en eigum okkur sameiginlegar tengingar og rætur.

Harmóníkuspjaldabók. Efni: Bókstrigi, pappír, blek. Stærð: 21 x 13 cm (lokuð), 21 x u.þ.b. 70 cm (opin). Bókin er einstök, gerð 2012.


We continue to post photos and information on a selection of works that are displayed at the current book art exhibition BORDERLAND in KCC Center for Book Arts at the University of Southern Maine in Portland, Maine. This time it is Kristín Þóra Guðbjartsdóttir who presents her artwork “Family Field”.

Family Field by Kristín Þóra Guðbjartsdóttir

“This book is a family record. It is a list of my parents’ descendants who in 2012, when the book was created, numbered a total of 72 people. If repeated today the book would include almost 100 names. When the book is opened the tabs or flags containing the individual names pop up, clash against each other as if to communicate, and sway back and forth when the book is dragged open like an accordion. Further play with the book’s form results in the interweaving of the tabs into a nestlike shape. We are all one of a kind like the name-tabs while still possessing common connections and roots.

Accordion flag book. Material: Cloth, paper, ink. Size: 21 x 13 cm (closed), 21 x approx. 70 cm (open). One-of-a-kind, made in 2012.


Fjöll | Mountains – Svanborg Matthíasdóttir

Við höldum áfram að kynna verk af sýningunni JAÐARLAND / BORDERLAND sem stendur yfir í KCC Center for Book Arts í University of Southern Maine í Portland, Maine, í Bandaríkjunum. Sýningunni lýkur nú í lok apríl. Eitt verkanna á sýningunni er „Fjöll“ eftir Svanborgu Matthíasdóttur. Verkinu lýsir hún í textanum hér fyrir neðan.

Fjöll eftir Svanborgu Matthíasdóttur

„Land, landslag, fjöll, fjarlægðir. Samspil ávalra, láréttra og hallandi lína. Form, bygging, fantasía. Ávalt form blaðsíðnanna var kveikjan að innihaldi bókarinnar, samspili forma, lína og byggingar landslagsins sem á sér enga sérstaka fyrirmynd í raun. Eiginleikar efnanna, litar og pappírs, voru einnig áhrifavaldar í sjónrænni framvindu verksins.
Bókin er einstök, gerð árið 2017 með vatnslit, vatnslitapappír og lími.


We continue to introduce a selection of works that are displayed at the current book art exhibition BORDERLAND in KCC Center for Book Arts at the University of Southern Maine in Portland, Maine, USA. The exhibition ends April 30. Here Svanborg Matthíasdóttir describes her artwork “Mountains”.

Mountains by Svanborg Matthíasdóttir

“Land, landscape, mountains, distances. An interaction of oval, horizontal and diagonal lines. Form, composition and fantasy. From the oval shape of the pages stem the play of lines, forms and composition which portray these fantasy landscapes. The properties of the materials used, the type of paper and paint, were a controlling factor in the development of the visual outcome.
This book is a one-of-a-kind, made in 2017.