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i8 Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new works by Ragna Róbertsdóttir. This will be the artist’s third solo exhibition at the gallery.
Róbertsdóttir´s latest works are characterised by ambigu ities of time and place. The work consists of natural materials gathered fr om the sea\, including shells from Arnarfjördur in the remote Icelandic Wes tfjords. There the artist has been avidly collecting shells and has been dr awn by the cycle that occurs as shellfish grow\, develop their own unique f orm\, and then decay into the homogeneity of the gravel and yellow sands th at are characteristic of the fjord´s beaches. Róbertsdóttir´s collection an d classification of shells has taken place over many years\, and their disp lay here has been executed with patience and meticulous attention – all for the brief moment of the exhibition. Róbertsdóttir also uses sea salt\, bot h in its raw state – as in one of her geometric wall installations – but al so in pieces based upon the random crystallizations that occur through evap oration of water.
The continual undercurrent of change and transformat ion that surrounds us is the main subject of Róbertsdóttir´s exhibition. Th e material world is either becoming or decaying\, constantly reforming into something utterly different\, through processes of varying duration. As an artist Róbertsdóttir directs our attention to these natural evolutions\, b ut she also intervenes\, becoming a participant by transforming raw materia l through her work. Like an alchemist\, the artist gathers materials from n ature and transforms them\, so that they take on new value as works of art\ , conforming to a different set of rules within culture.
Ragna Róberts dóttir´s (b. 1945) works have been exhibited widely – in Europe\, the US\, China and Australia. Solo exhibitions include Bury Art Gallery Museum + Arc hives\, Bury\, UK (2008)\, New Bedford Art Museum\, Massachusetts\, US (200 5)\, Chinese European Art Center\, Xiamen\, China (2004)\, Reykjavik Art Mu seum – Kjarvalsstadir\, Iceland (2004)\, National Gallery of Iceland\, Reyk javik\, Iceland (2003) and Kunstmuseum Bern\, Switzerland (1991).

DTEND:20130309 DTSTAMP:20140713T073146 DTSTART:20130117 GEO:64.1512903;-21.9479731 LOCATION:i8 Gallery\,Tryggvagata 16\, \nReykjavik\, 101 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:exhibition of new works\, RAGNA RÓBERTSDÓTTIR UID:254504 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR