Heimasíðan endurvakin! | Reviving the ARKIR blog!

Hvað er að frétta? Heimasíða og fréttaveita ARKANNA hefur nú staðið óhreyfð í næstum ár! Bót og betrun er lofað og vonandi verður síðan virkari næsta haust og vetur. Þó hér hafi verið fátt um fréttir að undanförnu er ekki þar með sagt að ARKIRNAR hafi ekki stundað fagrar listir og bókverkagerð. Margskonar verkefni og sýningar eru í undirbúningi. Við sjáum hvað setur í þeim efnum, kynnum það síðar.

Svo haldið sé áfram þar sem frá var horfið, eru hér fyrir neðan til upprifjunar myndir sem Kristín Þóra Guðbjartsdóttir tók af uppsetningu sýningarinnar ENDURBÓKUN í Safnahúsinu á Ísafirði haustið 2016.


Any news from ARKIR? It was a bit shocking to find out that our blog has been silent for an almost a year! Of course we blame our busy lives, but hopefully we can post more news in the months to come, even old ones! ARKIR are still busy working on book arts and multifarious visual arts, planning exhibitions and various projects. We’ll get back to that later!

But just to pick up where we left off a year ago we bring some photos from our last exhibition in Iceland, in September-October 2016: RE-BOOK in “The Old Hospital” Cultural Centre in Ísafjörður. Photos by Kristín Þóra Guðbjartsdóttir.

Um uppsetningu sýningarinnar á Ísafirði sáu þær Kristín Þóra, Inga og Svanborg.
– – –  Kristín Þóra, Inga and Svanborg worked on the display in Ísafjörður.

Gleðilegt ár! ∼ Happy New Book Art Year 2016!

 

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ARKIR óska listunnendum og bókverkafólki um heim allan gleðilegs árs og þakka góðar viðtökur, samvinnu og samskipti á liðnum árum. Megi nýja árið verða öllu listafólki gjöfult.

Á árinu sem leið sýndu ARKIR bókverk sín víða, bæði hérlendis og erlendis. Sýningin ENDURBÓKUN, sem opnaði fyrst í Gerðubergi Menningarhúsi, var sett upp í Bókasafni Reykjanesbæjar í apríl og síðar í Spönginni Menningarhúsi. Sýningin eða hluti hennar mun ferðast víðar um landið á nýja árinu. Verkin á sýningunni ENDURBÓKUN voru öll unnin úr gömlum eða afskrifuðum bókum af Borgarbókasafni. Myndir frá sýningunni í Gerðubergi prýða nú almanak SORPU árið 2016. Almanakið má nálgast á endurvinnslustöðum SORPU en einnig má skoða almanakið hér og hlaða því niður rafrænt. Myndin á forsíðu almanaksins sýnir hluta af verkinu Orðaflaumur eftir Ingiríði Óðinsdóttur. Ljósmyndir: Binni.

Síðla ársins 2015 tóku ARKIR þátt í sýningunni DRIFTING CLOUDS í Nicosia á Kýpur ásamt fjölmörgum evrópskum listamönnum. Fyrr á árinu höfðu nokkrar úr hópnum sýnt verk á norrænni bókverkasýningu í Helsinki í tilefni af 20 ára afmæli Gallery Jangva í Helsinki. Verk þeirra Önnu Snædísar, Sigurborgar og Svanborgar voru einnig valin á ERROR – sjöunda alþjóðlega bókverkaþríæringinn í Vilnius 2015, en þema þríæringsins var “Error” {Mistake}: villa eða mistök. Verkin voru til sýnis í Gallery Titanikas, sem er í Listaháskólanum í Vilnius, en hluti verkanna var einnig til sýnis í Leipzig í Þýskalandi; í Vercelli á Ítalíu; og víðar. Nánar má lesa um þríæringinn hér: ERROR og fyrir neðan má sjá myndband frá sýningunni í Vercelli: Museo Leone, Vercelli & “Studio 10″ City Gallery.

 

ARKIR fengu líka góðar heimsóknir á árinu – þar má nefna ljóðskáldið og bókverkakonuna Nancy Campbell  eins og við sögðum frá hér; sem og listakonuna Sandhya sem einnig notar ljóð og texta í sínum verkum.

Með nokkrum myndum frá liðnu ári sendum við kveðjur til vina og velunnara ARKANNA og vonum að sem flest ný og áhugaverð bókverk líti dagsins ljós á árinu 2016.

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Ösp, Kristín Þóra, Inga, Sandhya, Bogga, Svanborg og Anna Snædís.

Dear friends of ARKIR, co-workers and fellow artists! We wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year! May your lives be filled with joy and good art!

Looking back at the past year we state that ARKIR Book Arts Group had a fine year. Our exhibition ENDURBÓKUN / RE-BOOK, that originally opened in Gerðuberg Culturehouse, was later opened in Reykjanesbær Library in April and in Spöngin Culturehouse in July. We can confirm that the exhibition will travel further in the new year. All the works were created by using old books, mostly discared books from Gerðuberg Library. Photos exhibiting book art from ENDURBÓKUN / RE-BOOK are illustrating a 2016-calendar published by SORPA, a non-profit waste management firm owned and run by seven municipalities in Iceland’s Capital Area. SORPA’s almanac is available at all the recycling centers but can also be viewed and downloaded here. Artwork on cover shows Orðaflaumur (Stream of Words) by Inga, Ingiríður Óðinsdóttur. Photos by Binni. 

In October ARKIR took part in the exhibition DRIFTING CLOUDS in Nicosia in Cyprus. Earlier in the year, ARKIR members partisipated in a Nordic Artists’ Books exhibition in Studio Gallery Jangva Studio in Helsinki, as a part of Gallery Jangva’s 20th anniversary. Works by Anna Snædís, Sigurborg and Svanborg were also selected for ERROR – 7th International Artist’s Book Triennial Vilnius 2015” with the theme “Error” {Mistake}. The 7th triennial was opened in Gallery Titanikas, an exhibition hall belonging to the Vilnius Academy of Arts. Selections were also exhibited in Leipzig, Germany; Vercelli, Italy; in Austria; and more. For further information see the triennial’s webpage: ERROR. The video above shows moments from the show in Vercelli: Museo Leone, Vercelli & “Studio 10″ City Gallery.

ARKIR also had good visitors from abroad, – for instance the poet and book artist Nancy Campbell as reported here; and artist Sandhya who also uses poems and texts in her works. 

With a series of photos from the year 2015, we send our best wishes and hope for a splendid year 2016!

 

 

Gestapistill – On Fruit and Paper

Lara Wilhelmine Hoffmann:

On Fruit and Paper 

Thoughts on Icelandic Book Art I

A week ago, I stumbled upon the question ‘Hvað er Bók?’ (What is a book?), raised by Ómar Stefánsson in the anthology Bók um bók og fleira (1980). These three Icelandic words indicate redefining the book as an element of modern Icelandic book culture and ARKIR’s new exhibition titled ‘Endurbókun’ (Rebook) shows that reshaping and rethinking the book are ongoing processes in Iceland despite, or perhaps because of, the tremendous number of traditional Icelandic illuminated manuscripts. Just as ARKIR transform old books, theories can transform our perception of the book. Hence, to start my journey into the realm of Iceland’s book culture, I decided to import three theories that I am familiar with from other places into the context of Icelandic book art and to jot down some of my own thoughts.

Clive Phillpot book diagram. Source link.

Clive Phillpot’s diagram from Booktrek. Source link.

Systematization can be a valuable tool. However, more often than not, systems embody only one of many forms of perception. This is why I admire the fruits in this diagram by Clive Phillpot. Even though the illustration suggests that the fields of art and books can be subdivided and that there are discernible boundaries between book objects, book objects, book art and literature, the fruit imply that none of these definitions are set in stone. Phillpot, former director at the library of the MoMA, New York, played an important role in putting the artists’ book on the map. His starting point was the simple question of how to shelve and catalogue artist’ books in libraries since these books are neither exhibition catalogues nor literature or photography books.

Sigurður Guðmundsson: Situations, Event. Source link.

Sigurður Guðmundsson: Extension. (1974) Source link.

According to Phillpot, artists’ books are made by artists, or rather; the creator’s intention is to create art. Furthermore, artists’ books are not simply carriers of ideas or pictures. The medium of the book is chosen intentionally: The book as an idea is an essential part of the work itself. Thus, works that discuss the idea of the book, even when artists abandon the traditional shape of the codex, theoretically also fall into the category of book art. An historical example: Can Sigurður Guðmundsson’s photograph ‘Extension’ (1974) be considered book art? And what about ‘Orðaflaumur’ by ARKIR-member Ingiríður Óðinsdóttir?

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Ingiríður Óðinsdóttir: Orðaflaumur (2014)

Is this work book art and / or a book? Intention and content are two ways to approach book art; contextualisation is another. Art historian Lucy Lippard emphasises the importance of context, for instance, in the anthology Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object from 1966 to 1972 (1973). Lippard is the co-founder of Printed Matter, a bookshop in New York City centred around artists’ books, but her writing covers a variety of topics. Concerning the contextualization of artists’ books, Lippard once wrote that a book shown in the art context cannot be called anything other than art. This sentence does not imply that the only relevant aspect for categorizing artists’ books is the context but, rather, Lippard’s attempt to enable artists who make books or write to call their works art even though the traditional notion of art when Lippard wrote her text did not include books and writing.

From Ulises Carrión's Source link.

From Ulises Carrión’s The New Art of Making Books. Source link.

However, portability is an important aspect of the book and many artists’ books could be hidden in a bookshelf and still be perceived as artist’s books, unlike a ready-made that needs a specific surrounding. Intention, content and context are aspects that must be considered in distinguishing between book art and other books. The importance of these three aspects differs from book to book. The last piece of writing that I will mention in this text is Ulises Carrión’s The New Art of Making Books (1975). This text is a great read because Carrión manages to combine the derivation of terms with poetry. Carrión points out the difference between a written text and a book, and defines the book as a space-time sequence. Thus, according to Carrión, performance, movement and interaction are important aspects of the book. This idea leads to an interesting question: Is it necessary to touch a book and flip through it in order to experience it fully? What happens if we aren’t able to open a book anymore because the pages are glued together, for instance the work ‘Helgimyndir’ by Áslaug Jónsdóttir?

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Áslaug Jónsdóttir: Helgimyndir: Trú, von – og sönn ást / Ikons: Faith, Hope – and True Love. (2014)

The place where you stumble upon a book, the surrounding objects, the books you have read or looked at right before you found this one, the conversations you have had before or have while looking at an object, the reason you are looking at this particular book at this particular moment create your perception. These preconceptions are often, sometimes intentionally, not considered by those who write and think about art and books. Just as fluency can be an important aspect of the book—for instance, the movement of pages or the eyes scanning the page, and those small experiences blend into each other and create a story, experience or something else—the perception of a single copy is influenced by our overall perception of book culture as well. Looking at the various photographs available on this blog or visiting the exhibition, you will see how differently the members of ARKIR deal with the medium of a book, even though in the case of ‘Endurbókun’ they all started by using old books, mostly from Gerðuberg Library, and how the traditional shape of the book is sometimes intentionally replaced by something else and construction and de-construction go hand in hand.

Theories are great and playing with words and definitions is an interesting aspect of book art. Nevertheless, the best approach to artists’ books might be: Find out for yourself, create your own image of the book and let yourself be surprised. Open books, read them, see them, experience them!


Hér á vefsíðu ARKANNA hefur okkur lengi langað til að birta greinar um bókverk og bókalist, en skrif okkar hafa hingað til einkennst af stuttum fréttapistlum og myndbirtingum af störfum hópsins. Þegar ARKIR komust nýverið í kynni við bókafræðinginn Lara Wilhelmine Hoffmann vildum við gjarnan að fleiri mættu njóta þekkingar hennar og hugmynda um bókverk. Við birtum nú fyrsta pistilinn frá henni. Lara á rætur að rekja til Kölnar i Þýskalandi en hún nam bókafræði og listasögu í Mainz, vöggu bókaprentlistarinnar, hvar Jóhannes Gutenberg starfaði og gerði sínar merku uppfinningar.
Við birtum gjarnan góðar greinar um bókverk! Hafið samband með netpósti á: bokverk[hjá]gmail.com.
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We have a guest blogger! We welcome Lara Wilhelmine Hoffmann and her thoughts on Icelandic book art. Lara Wilhelmine Hoffmann was born and raised in Cologne, Germany, and studied Book Studies and Art History in Mainz, the city where mechanical movable type printing was invented by Johannes Gutenberg. Her research interest lies at the intersection of contemporary book culture, language and art. She is currently based in Reykjavík pursuing her interest in arctic dwarf birches and writing both fiction and nonfiction.

Endurbókun í Gerðubergi – ARKIR in Gerðuberg

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Sýningin ENDURBÓKUN sendur nú yfir í menningarmiðstöðinni Gerðubergi. Sýningin opnaði 1. nóvember s.l. og stendur til 11. janúar 2015. Verk á sýningunni eiga: Anna Snædís Sigmarsdóttir, Arnþrúður Ösp Karlsdóttir, Áslaug Jónsdóttir, Ingiríður Óðinsdóttir, Sigurborg Stefánsdóttir, Svanborg Matthíasdóttir og Kristín Þóra Guðbjartsdóttir, sem einnig er sýningarstjóri.


The book art exhibition ENDURBÓKUN / RE-BOOKED is now ongoing in Gerðuberg Culture Center. The exhibition will remain open until 11. January 2015. Participants are: Anna Snædís Sigmarsdóttir, Arnþrúður Ösp Karlsdóttir, Áslaug Jónsdóttir, Ingiríður Óðinsdóttir, Sigurborg Stefánsdóttir, Svanborg Matthíasdóttir and Kristín Þóra Guðbjartsdóttir, who also is the exhibition curator.

Tenglar á efni um sýninguna – More about the exhibition: Gerðuberg. ARKARvefurinn: Fyrri póstar – Previous posts on ENDURBÓKUN.

Click on images to enlarge | Smellið á myndirnar til að stækka.
photos © Áslaug Jónsdóttir

Opnun: Endurbókun – Opening at Gerðuberg

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ARKIR opnuðu bókverkasýninguna ENDURBÓKUN í menningarmiðstöðinni Gerðubergi á Degi myndlistar 2014, 1. nóvember s.l. Við þökkum gestum okkar kærlega fyrir góðar viðtökur á opnuninni. Sérstakar þakkir fær starfsfólk í Gerðubergi – og auðvitað sýningarstjórinn okkar: Kristín Þóra Guðbjartsdóttir, sem reyndar var fjarri góðu gamni á laugardag.
Sýningin stendur til 11. janúar 2015. Myndir af verkum á sýningunni má sjá hér.


RE-BOOKED! The exhibition opening in Gerðuberg Culture Center last Saturday went well. Our guests were merry and we were certainly happy about it all. Many thanks to all the staff at Gerðuberg and of course our exhibition curator Kristín Þóra Guðbjartsdóttir, who sadly couldn’t join us at the opening. Below: photos from the opening. To see artwork from the exhbition click here.

The exhibition at Gerðuberg is open until 11. January 2015.

Click on images to enlarge | Smellið á myndirnar til að stækka.
photos © Áslaug Jónsdóttir

Endurbókun – Re-booked by ARKIR

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ARKIR opna bókverkasýningu í menningarmiðstöðinni Gerðubergi, á morgun, laugardaginn 1. nóvember kl. 14. Öll verk á sýningunni eiga það sameiginlegt að vera unnin úr gömlum bókum. Flestar þeirra voru fengnar hjá Gerðubergssafni, en bókasöfn afskrifa árlega nokkurn fjölda bóka til frekari útlána. Þessar gömlu bækur, sem lokið hafa hlutverki sínu, hafa öðlast nýtt líf í einstæðum listaverkum.
Sjö ARKIR eiga verk á sýningunni: Anna Snædís Sigmarsdóttir, Arnþrúður Ösp Karlsdóttir, Áslaug Jónsdóttir, Ingiríður Óðinsdóttir, Sigurborg Stefánsdóttir, Svanborg Matthíasdóttir og Kristín Þóra Guðbjartsdóttir, sem einnig er sýningarstjóri. Lesa má um sýninguna á vef Gerðubergs hér. Verið velkomin á sýningaropnun!
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We are almost there! ARKIR are opening a new book art exhibition at Gerðuberg Culture Center tomorrow, Saturday November 1st, at 2 pm. All the works are created by using old books, mostly discared books from Gerðuberg Library. The title of the exhibition is “Endurbókun” or: Re-book.
Seven ARKIR-members show their works: Anna Snædís Sigmarsdóttir, Arnþrúður Ösp Karlsdóttir, Áslaug Jónsdóttir, Ingiríður Óðinsdóttir, Svanborg Matthíasdóttir, Sigurborg Stefánsdóttir and Kristín Þóra Guðbjartsdóttir, who also is the exhibition curator.
Join us tomorrow at the opening! 

Links to Gerðuberg website: here and here.

Ljósmyndir / Photos: Gerðuberg Culture Center; Kristín Þóra Guðbjartsdóttir, Áslaug Jónsdóttir

HEIMA – Thoughts on HOME

Níu meðlimir ARKAR-hópsins eiga verk á sýningunni HEIMA, sem stendur nú yfir í Norræna húsinu. Þegar farandsýningin var sett upp í Silkeborg á síðasta ári birtum við hér á vefnum hugleiðingar um nokkur verkanna. Nú rifjum við upp þessar kynningar. Smellið á verkin til að lesa meira um hugmyndirnar á bak við verkin og listamennina sjálfa.
Sýningin í Norræna húsinu er opin þriðjudaga til sunnudaga frá kl. 12 – 17. Sýningunni lýkur 23. febrúar.
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When the exhibition HOME opened in Silkeborg in Denmark last year, each one of us in ARKIR wrote a short text about the idea behind one artist’s book we had made for the exhibition. That way we made a series of blogposts on the theme: HOME. The exhibition has travelled from Denmark to Nuuk in Greenland and is now to be seen in the Nordic house in Reykjavík. Click on the images to read more about some of ARKIR works.
The exhibition in the Nordic house is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 12 to 5 pm. Open until 23. February.

SigurborgSt Zoo1    Inga HEIM1    AnnaS Scand1
Sigurborg Stefánsdóttir: Zoo  |  Ingiríður Óðinsdóttir: Home – at home  |  Anna Snædís Sigmarsdóttir: Skandinavian furniture 1960

Heima – Litur    @heima by Osp 2    BryndisBraga 20steps1
Svanborg Matthíasdóttir: Home – Color  |  Arnþrúður Ösp Karlsdóttir: @Heima  |  Bryndís Bragadóttir: 20 steps backwards from home

Friðsæl heimili - Peaceful homes by Helga Pálína      JMT RightsTo 1      AslaugJons Babel 1
Helga Pálína Brynjólfsdóttir: Peaceful homes  |  Jóhanna M. Tryggvadóttir: The Right of Return  |  Áslaug Jónsdóttir: Tower of Babel