Artists for D-Gallery 2023
Four new exhibition at D-Gallery have been added to the 2023 exhibition program.
The artists selected are Dýrfinna Benita Basalan, Helena Margrét Jónsdóttir, Logi Leó Gunnarsson and the duo Klāvs Liepiņš and Renāte Feizaka.
Dýrfinna Benita Basalan (b.1992), also known as Countess Malaise, graduated from Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2018 with a B.A. in Art and Design and has had and active artistic practice and worked across various media. In her practice she draws inspiration from different countercultures, manga, queer culture and her personal experiences as a mixed race person. Dýrfinna is one of the three members of the art group Lucky 3, along with Melanie Ubaldo and Darren Mark, who won the motivational award of the Icelandic Art Prize in 2022.
Helena Margrét Jónsdóttir (b.1996) is a visual artist based in Reykjavík. She graduated from The Iceland University of the Arts in 2019 after having studied fine art at The Reykjavík School of Visual Arts and The Royal Academy of Art in Den Haag. Helena’s medium of choice is painting. There she interprets the mundane and everyday consumerism with a reference to digital airbrushing in a style that can be likened to a mix of realism and surrealism.
Logi Leó Gunnarsson (b.1990) graduated with a BA degree in Fine Art from the Iceland University of the Arts in 2014. Logi Leó works with sound, sculpture and video in unexpected compositions and installations that often take over the exhibition space. His works are occasionally interactive. By activating everyday materials in combination with music, recordings and sound equipment, he enables the audience look at and listen to familiar things in a new way.
Artist duo Klāvs Liepiņš (b. 1991) and Renate Feizaka (b. 1987) work with identity and self-validation in their collective practice. In previous works they have realized themes of inherited memory specific to the Post-Soviet generation, the influence of the church on self-perception, and individual identity related to the working class and in political structures through video installation and sculpture. Klāvs graduated with a BA in Contemporary Dance Practices at Iceland University of the Arts in 2018 and Renate graduated with a BA in Fine Art from Iceland University of the Arts in 2020.
Over a hundred proposals were submittet for the upcomming exhibition year. The selection was made by curators within the museum, Aldís Snorradóttir, Becky Forsythe, Björk Hrafnsdóttir and Markús Þór Andrésson as well as the museum director Ólöf Kristín Sigurðardóttir.
The D-Gallery exhibition series started in 2007. Emerging artists, who are shaping the local contemporary art scene, are invited to hold their first solo show in a public museum.