In this episode of Out There Becky & Tinna meet artist Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir to discuss Null Island (Nulleyja), her current mid-career retrospective at Reykjavík Art Museum – Kjarvalsstaðir.
Null Island is a part of an ongoing series of exhibitions that aims to draw attention to and celebrate the various contributions made by artists, mid-career, in Iceland. It gives the opportunity to not only review a specific artist’s practice as a whole, but also imagine where it might continue or be headed. Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir is an artist who supports other artists, whether through inviting them into her work, actively participating in the artist-led scene or as an educator who aims to contribute to a living, shifting and expanding communal arts scene. Heklas is an active member of the artist-run gallery Kling & Bang. We discuss specific works, past and present, various contemplations on recurring themes and references, and what it is like to look over one’s entire artistic career, up until now.
Null Island opened on November 18th at the Reykjavik Art Museum – Kjarvalsstaðir and closes on February 29th, 2024, leap year day. The exhibition is curated by Markús Þór Andrésson and a comprehensive publication has been released on the occasion.
This episode concludes with focus in the Artwork of the Month segment on Egill Sæbjörnsson’s solo exhibit at the National Gallery of Iceland titled "Egill Sæbjörnsson and Infinite Friends of the Universe". The exhibition is on view until February 25th 2024, so make sure you make the visit whilst you can!