Art Exhibit - Modern Raiders - Víkingar nútímans
Jón Óskar and Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir Modern Raiders
An exhibition in the Vision series, a project coordinated by Hannes Larusson of Reykjavik, Iceland in collaboration with The Icelandic Collection, University of Manitoba Libraries and the Department of Icelandic Language and Literature, Faculty of Arts, featuring works by Jón Óskar and Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir.
March 19 - April 15, 2006 Opening reception:
March 19, 2006, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Dr. Paul H.T. Thorlakson Gallery The Iceland Reading Room, Elizabeth Dafoe Library
In ancient times, Icelanders went on raids (fara í viking) to pillage and steal from other nations. Their journeys lasted months or even years and when the heroes returned triumphant they brought home various treasures from foreign countries, either for decoration or everyday use. The most important treasures were the knowledge and learning that the Vikings obtained on their journeys which they made creative use of at home.
In visual arts it has long been customary that artists go raiding whether they want to conquer new worlds or endow their homeland with new information, technology or ideas. The Modern Raiders exhibit includes the works of two such "Vikings."
Jón Óskar went in the early 80’s on to graduate school at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Jón soon pursued as his medium of expression and style the New Image painting but with strong characteristics from action painting of the post-war period.
Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir went to the United States around the mid 1990’s where she studied at CalArt in Los Angeles.
There is a cultural ambiguity in the works of Jón Óskar and Hekla Dögg symbolic of how the world is constantly shrinking and creating more opportunities and cultural conflict.