Exhibiting concurrently in the gallery’s project space is Strata; hand-woven textiles by Cleveland-based Icelandic artist Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson. Documenting her travels through Iceland in photographs, Jónsson takes the stark landscape of her native country as the starting point of her studio practice. Upon returning from an expedition, the artist begins the process of sorting and editing select images expressing formal relationships that interest her. These images are distilled to their most fundamental forms by creating abstracted topographical studies. The drawings are then painted with dye on two separate sets of silk threading and woven together to form a single finished piece. In Strata, Jónsson’s expressive marriage of abstract painting and textile art evoke themes of memory and place, acting as intimate glimpses into the qualities of nature.
Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson’s previous exhibitions include The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, William Busta Gallery, Cleveland, and numerous galleries and museums in her native Iceland. Her work resides in a number of collections, including The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Reykjavík Museum of Art, The Progressive Insurance Collection, and Cleveland Clinic Foundation. She has received numerous grants, commissions and awards, including The Cleveland Arts Prize in 2008, Ohio Arts Council Grants, and a public commission from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Jónsson will have a one person exhibit at the Tang Museum at Skidmore College opening in the fall of 2013 that will travel to the Reykjavik Museum. This is her first show with the gallery.