Brynjar Helgason (b.1991) - Iceland
Brynjar is an artist that goes without saying yet speaks too much and should let actions speak for themselves but then again is this not kind of that? He has stayed on mainland Europe for more or less since and before his graduation and he’s also around sometimes. Doing things. He considers Contemporary Art as a Universal Category where he finds not mild joys but feels passionate in working with unlikeminded people. Going outside of predestined ways in order for art to surprise itself inside the hearts of wise minds. Mysteriously trying even the best. Always on the brink of the non-existent but then some things do insist. Actually I think you do and because of it I am blessed.
Helgi Thorsson (B 1975) - Iceland
He studied Sonology at The Royal Conservatory of The Hague, received his BFA from the Gerrit Rietfeld Academy in Amsterdam in 2002 and an MFA from the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam in 2004
Helgi uses classical materials as bronze, clay and canvas that he combines with the latest technology in lights and sound. Thórsson’s visual world is absurd and amusing, attractive and nauseating at the same time. At a first glance all seems somehow overwhelming and exaggerated but in the inner context, his installations, sculptures and paintings also carry a touch of serenity and spiritual search.
Berglind Ágústsdóttir (B 1975) - Iceland
Berglind Ágústsdóttir, graduated from Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2003. She has been active in the art scene, both domestic and internationally since. Berglind’s involvement with the arts includes hosting events, curating, musician, as well as artist. She has played music around the world and published her music in the form of CD's and as cassettes.
Berglind draws attention wherever she goes and there is no doubt about it that her art is paired with her appearance and attitude in daily life. Just like in her life she uses colour, patterns, toys and photographs to express her matter of heart.
Her life shows are not to be missed!
Jóhanna Kristbjörg Sigurðardóttir (B 1982) - Iceland
In her Artistic approach Jóhanna Kristbjörg Sigurðardóttir is constantly and slowly working with combining different media by using classical ways of painting and sculpture, creating with forms and colors from influences based on local environment, physical structure, sizes and emotional languish, together with her performative approach mixed into videos, sound and space where the search for a communication between inner and outer self, space and the works is being sought.
Linda Cuglia (B 1975) - Italy
Like a young, melancholic sailor who traverses the seas on a steady voyage, outside and inside, from the fire to the fresh air. Looking for a place, listening to people tell stories, to create pictures to carry with him or send them. Standing on a distant land, he watches the sun that does not set for so many days and fixes it on a canvas, which warms the dark days.
Cassie Riger (b. 1975) - USA
Cassie Riger is an American artist who lives and works in Los Angeles. She works in video, installation, performance, and photography to critically engage with the history of moving image practices and their relationship to audiences. Her work deploys obtuse strategies out of mundane mechanical objects and uses handmade elements to simulate the effects of early cinema viewing experiences. Cassie revisits transitory moments in the evolution of moving picture technology, when magic lanterns, zoetropes, vaudeville, and shadow-theater demanded a more active and participatory response from the audience, which was neither clearly defined nor ideologically circumscribed.
Wiola Ujazdowska - Poland
Wiola Ujazdowska is an artist from Poland based in Reykjavik, Iceland. She graduated art theory with MA from Nicolaus Copernicus University where she was also studying painting and stained glass at department of fine arts. In 2012 she did specialization in painting, sculpture and modern art at Cologne Institute of Consercation Schiences in Germany. She works with variety of visual and non-visual forms of expression; from performance and sound to painting and drawing; from art installation and objects to collages and photography. Such a big spectrum of expression methods helps to present a multi-threaded phenomena which is woman nature and condition within human culture bond with subconscious that according to the psychoanalysis is where all the layers of an individual´s psyche coexist. For plan B festival she will creat a site specific installation in which she is Focusing and dealing with void.
Snorri Páll (b. 1987) - Iceland
Snorri Páll is a poet and artist — and possibly maybe musician as well. His first book of poetry, The Leash Elongates, was published in 2014 — a product of processing words through aggressive filters of music and sculpture. He is the founder and prosecurator of a nontemporary archival art project, The Museum of Criminal Remnants, the first exhibition of which — built on the ultrapoetic synthesis of fiction and facts at the very heart of modern Iceland's most iconic criminal case — took place at the Ekkisens art space in Reykjavík in 2016. He currently works in a nursing home.
Hildur Ása Henrýsdóttir (b. 1987) - Iceland
Hildur Ása grew up in Þórshöfn in Langanes peninsula. She graduated with BA in Modern Studies from the University of Akureyri in 2012. In 2016 she graduated from the Fine Art department in the Iceland Academy of the Arts. She lives and works in Reykjavík.
Hildur works with different mediums like painting, drawing, sculpture, installation and photographs. In her works she focuses on emotions and existential, internal conflicts. She also ponders on how the external world shapes individuals and influences their experiences.
Her self-portraits oscillate between introspection and self-criticism, typically in a melancholic yet humorous way. The manner in which she paints herself is both harsh and vulnerable, but also honest.
Giulia Cairone (b. 1986) - Sweden
Giulia Cairone is an artist based in Stockholm. She is interested in making frank and sensual objects, celebrating femininity. She is currently studying her Master’s degree in fine art at Konstfack in Stockholm. Cairones work circulates around femininity, touch and emotions. The key driving force is the tension between disgust and beauty, fantasy and reality. Soft, perishable materials such as sugar, wax and perfume are combined with cosmetic latex and kiss stains, in the search for restructuring both the raw and the refined.
The objects linger in between the finished and the unfinished, between beauty and ugliness, cleanliness and impurity; pushing the materials towards new borders. She often inspects what can be perceived as ‘bad taste’ within feminine aesthetics. Portraying
excessive emotional reactions – being too sensitive or erratic – all too often related to femininity. The displayed objects are sensual, sexy and desirable, wanting to be wanted. The language used is intentionally overloaded with romantic, albeit harshly presented gestures, aiming for both directness and intimacy with the viewer.
Claire Paugam (b.1991) - France
Claire Paugam is a French multidisciplinary and nomadic artist, working with intuition as a tool of investigation and analogy as a creative process. After graduating from the MFA program at the Iceland Academy of the Art, Claire exhibited at the 5th Biennale for Young Art, Moscow. She has recently traveled to another volcanic island, Reunion Island (East coast of Africa) where she was a teacher assistant at the art academy. Throughout her poetic research, she considers human body as landscape and landscape as human body. She is looking for visual analogies between organic and mineral matters, that is to say an encounter, an embrace, an ambiguity. Her artistic research is based on transgressing differences and being able to extrapolate.
Auður Ómarsdóttir (b.1988) - Iceland
Auður Ómarsdóttir was born in Reykjavík in 1988 but mostly grew up in Akureyri. Her art spans the fields of painting, sculpture, photography and film. Auður’s works are often inspired by and created out of found objects. It is important for her that these objects have had a past existence before she transforms them into pieces of art. The past lives of the objects play a role in choosing which medium is decided for their representation.
Dualism is a red thread in Auður’s art and through autobiographical approach she responds to her environment by mirroring herself in the material in order to breathe some spirit into it, or vice versa.
Auður graduated from the Fine Art department of Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2013. She has participated in exhibitions in Iceland and abroad and is a member of various art groups.
Katrín Agnes Klar (b 1985) – Iceland/Germany
She studied Media Art at Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (ZKM) and Graphics at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich, where she is an assistant teacher with Peter Kogler. Katrín lives and works in Munich and Reykjavík.
In a media reflecting way Katríns works deal with questions of representation combined with an interest in universal natural phenomena. By using prevailing production approaches from mass media production like advertisment her works refer to a comtemporary pop point of view.
Jakob Veigar Sigurðsson (b 1975) – Iceland
Jakob Veigar Sigurðsson is from Hveragerði Iceland. He has a degree in civil engineering and worked as one before he saddled himself into the world of fine art. Jakob graduated with a BA in Fine Arts from Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2016 and now lives in Vienna, studying in Akademie der bildenden und kunste. His main media is painting but he also uses video, music and performances to express his journeys into multiverses and human emotion.
Simon Schäfer (b 1978) – Germany
Simon says: I am an Artist. I do all the things from objects and installations to experimental electronics, music, video, theater and pretty much anything that captures my attention long enough. I compulsively take apart things that have had a purpose and story and recombine them to something new. I have a mostly loud symbiont called der Warst.
Heiðrún Gréta Viktorsdóttir (b 1990) – Iceland
Heiðrún graduated with a B.A. degree from Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2015. She works with variety of mediums but has mainly been focusing on performance art. The foundation of Heiðrún’s work comes from the consciousness of herself as a gender, the human body and the existential self. In her work she has focused on her own experiences and opinions towards the consumer culture which is constantly shaping a standard form of the sexes. Through these reflections she creates new paths for herself as a woman. She does so by looking at the body from a spiritual perspective. She examines limits of the human body between the physical and spiritual world. By listening to her own nature and subconscious she creates a channel where sexuality and the body can flourish independetly in the form of creativity.
Freyja Eilíf (b 1986) – Iceland
Freyja Eilíf is a visual artist living and working in Reykjavík. She graduated from the Icelandic Academy of Arts in 2014 and founded Ekkisens Art Space same year which she has directed till this date along with leading Ekkisens projects in different corners of the world. Freyja works with mixed media and very often found materials. She has published several artist books and founded Listvísi, an art magazine in 2012, edited it’s first four issues and now sits on the Listvísi editorial team.What leads Freyja on in her own art practice is playing with visually perceptive language, amplification of things mixed together as in a couldron and connecting the internal with the external through topics which can range from political issues, occult sciences and psychology.
Bryndís Björnsdóttir (b 1983) – Iceland
Bryndís Björnsdóttir is an artist and writer. In her
performances, interventions and writings, she meets, feels and deals with situations through bodily utterances.