Anna Júlía Fridbjörnsdóttir lives and works in Reykjavík. She combines various mediums including drawing, sculpture and video, often using found material. Her practice explores the intersection between science and culture and draws on such diverse sources as politics, taxonomy, art history and, more widely, the space of humankind within the world.
Fridbjörnsdóttir completed her MA Fine Art at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2004 and a BA Fine Art at London Guildhall University in 1998. She was the founder and co-editor of the contemporary art magazine Sjónauki (2007-2009) and an Associate Director at i8 Gallery, Reykjavík (2008-2015). Her works have been exhibited in numerous international group shows. Solo shows include “Serinade” at Hafnarborg, The Hafnarfjördur Center of Culture and Fine Art, for which she was nominated for the 2018 Icelandic Art Prize.
Lydia McCarthy (USA)
Lydia McCarthy is a Brooklyn-based artist. Her work has been exhibited widely, including 106 Green, Essex Flowers and the Scandinavia House in New York and NAU Gallery in Stockholm. Lydia’s work has been reviewed and published in The New Yorker, Art F City, The Wall Street Journal, Dossier and the Huffington Post. She received a yearlong American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowship and has held residencies at the Banff Centre and the Vermont Studio Center. Her book ‘Vision 5: The Vibratory Waves of External Unity’ was released with Silent Face Projects at the New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1 last fall. Lydia is an Associate Professor of Photography in the School of Art and Design at Alfred University.
Calvin Laing (UK)
Calvin Z Laing (b.1988, Scotland) currently lives and works in Scotland, graduating from Sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art (2011). He is a current recipient of the prestigious Emerging Artists Bursary Scheme from Creative Scotland (2018). He has been generously supported by STEP Travel Grant from the European Cultural Foundation for a project at A-Dash Gallery titled Calvin & Ancient Times in Athens May (2018). He was a participant in SUPERLUX Workshop with Benjamin Cook: Presenting for Success, Tramway and CCA, Glasgow, UK (2018), the Master Class at the Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK (2014) New Work Scotland Programme at Collective with a solo show, Edinburgh, UK (2013) also involved with the yearlong project with Lux Critical Forum Group in London, UK (2015). Selected performances, screenings and events include: Calvin & Tiredness, curated by Polly Wright in the Zilkha Auditorium, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2018) Folly, curated by Rowan Markson, David Dale Gallery and Studios, Glasgow, UK (2017) Citizen, curated by Taylor Le Melle, Chisenhale London, UK, An evening with Calvin & Steph, curated by Polly Wright, Hotel Elephant, London, UK (2015), Linking, Linking Arms, curated by Julie-Ann Delaney Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, UK (2015) WADE IN – WADE IN – WADE IN, Formalism Refreshed, Eastern Edge Gallery, St Johns, CA (2015); IMAGE MIRAGE IAMAGE, curated by Georgia Kaw, Moana Project Space, Perth, AU (2014); Global Internet Talks, curated by Polly Wright, Art Licks Weekend, Studio Parlor, London, UK (2014). Upcoming events include a Creative Lab residency at the Centre of Contemporary Arts in September 2018 with support from Hope Scott Trust.
Arturo Desimone is an Aruban-Argentinian writer and visual artist.
is a french visual artist born in 1989. She lived and worked in Holland, Uk and France. She’s co-founder of Immatters (London-Paris), a studio specialised in the design driven film, and the collective Bureau Pilote, a community project based in Saint-Denis (FR). She works on the symbols, social implications and sensorial experiences of materials and artefacts. She leads this research through moving image and scenography.
is an Irish-artist based between Cairo and Dublin. Through the mediums of film, photography and installation art, she explores the intersections between humanity and the natural world, often merging documentary and fiction. Botanical, zoological constructs and colonial backdrops deeply inspire her work.
Angharad Davies’ work explores the relationship between the body and architecture. Her part fictional, part forensic videos and writings question notions of consensus, restraint, intervention and ingenuity. Alongside her art practice she also runs curatorial projects. She earned her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (USA), and her BA from Glasgow School of Art (Scotland) and the Central Academy of Fine Art (China). In September she will undertake an MA in the History and Critical Thinking of Architecture at the School of the Architectural Association in London. Her most recent project, 29 Percy Street, was co-curated with artist Mark Barker.
Elizabeth Van Loan
Daniel G. Baird
Chicago-based artist Daniel Baird’s (b 1984) work addresses ideas endemic to the Western cultural milieu, often questioning notions of technological progress, the gesture and the sublime. Baird earned his MFA from the University of Illinois, Chicago, in 2011. In recent years he has had solo exhibitions at such venues as Patron Gallery, Chicago; Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago; Roots and Culture, Chicago; Appendix Project Space, Portland, OR; Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, the Netherlands; and Hungryman Gallery, Chicago. His work has also been included in numerous group exhibitions, including shows at GRIMM, Amsterdam; Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels; American Medium, New York; Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL; the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York; Koh-iNoor, Copenhagen; LVL3, Chicago; Land and Sea, Oakland; and Leeds University College of Art. In August he will have a solo exhibition at the Broad Museum of Art, Michigan and participate in the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art in September. He is represented by Patron Gallery, Chicago.
Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson
Is a storyteller, a performer, a dancer, an object maker, an illustrator. He has a love for the absurd, by which is meant less an obsessive passion for the ridiculous, nonsensical or the odd, than a tender and caring attitude: he takes care of the absurd, he helps it to develop, he gives it a place alongside everything else where it can be your most disturbing neighbour and your best friend. More often than not Styrmir uses the written language as a genesis of his work. Written pieces are then adapted into live performances that activate obects, things and gestures. The performances and their narrative, that often are delivered as monologues, serve as an exhibition device for autonomous art objects. Styrmir lives in Amsterdam.
Gylfi Freeland Sigurðsson
Gylfi Freeland Sigurðsson is from 101 Reykjavík, Iceland but is currently resided in Athens as an intern for A-DASH. Athens became his destination because he had a gut feeling that this was the place where it all came together. So far so good, A-DASH is in his own words “a very nice thing with a touch of insanity”. Gylfi graduated with a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts from the Icelandic Academy of Arts in 2016. The main ingredient in Gylfi’s works is illustration and text. Everything becomes clear on a piece of paper but paper is not the last stop. He multiplies or magnifies the drawings, prints on material and engraves in wood or aluminium. Gylfi takes great pleasure in things that are odd or don’t make any sense. Like the thought of making an omelette and then throwing it out the window instead of just eating it. And so, it reflects in his work. No conclusion but rather an exploration within the subtext of the work, it’s all about evoking a thought process within the viewer. It’s all about being an omelette.
Geirþrúður Einarsdóttir, born and raised in the capital of Iceland, graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts from the Icelandic Academy of the Arts. During her studies she took one year as an exchange student at the Art Academy in Malmö. Fifteen years old Geirþrúður decided she wanted to become a tailor, and four years later she got her Journeyman´s certificate for the trade of tailoring from the Reykjavik Technical College. Her deep interest in textile reflects in her works where she sometimes put herself in the footstep of an upholsterer making padded sculptures. Here in Athens Geirþrúður is working as an intern for the A-Dash gallery/house. Between her manual labor and sunbathing in the garden Geirþrúður has expanded her field as an artist where she participated for the first time in two live streamed performances, so who knows what the future will bring for this young artist?
Multidisciplinary artist, writer and producer working and exhibiting internationally. Born in Seattle, Washington and based in Reykjavík and Helsinki.
Is born 1988 in Vilnius and he is an artist based in Amsterdam, and Vilnius. His practice combines installation, research based video, performance, concept sound and sculpture.
In ISSUE 0 / 1st task we want to open and manifest the field of controversy. The first version of MOODS has the name UNKNOWN MOODS. UNKNOWN MOODS is about this indescribable feelings, “All that I have is a sentiment,” transmitted feelings passing by but never quite reaching, let alone touching the addressed person. How much and what do we perceive out of words, images, songs and conversations which are designed with the intention to transport certain feelings, stir emotions, are the carrier of values and norms? Have your feelings been designed? How do we perform our moods?
Miriam J. Carranza Editor
Miriam J. Carranza works as an artist based in between Athens and Kassel. Her work deals with the examination of the underlying structures generating the patterns of our image culture, decoding image conventions as naturally occurring formations, commercially constructed values relating to branding or the question of obligation to self-design as well as the function of an object as a carrier of value and feelings. Since 2015 she organises a lecture series with Christoph Knoth, Hanne Lippard, Britta Thie, Anne de Vries, Butternutten and more. She studies Fine Arts and Visual Communication at the School of Arts and Design, Kassel.
Diane Hillebrand Editor
Diane Hillebrand works in the fields of editorial design, dramaturgy and curation. She is interested in signs, misunderstandings, parallel states and marginal gaps in conversations, writings and translations. She likes to work between the fields, where is nothing else possible but working unprofessional, playing on the ground of a gap (lacuna). In her research she is interested into contemporary cartooning, medieval book copying, the sound of contours / contours of movement (speedlines) or serious narrations. She is organising Stellwerk, an off space in an old waiting room in the main train-station of Kassel (DE). She studies Visual Communication at School of Arts and Design, Kassel (DE) and Exhibition design + Scenography at HfG Karlsruhe (DE).