"What you actually saw"
an exhibition by Erla S. Haraldsdóttir
October 26th - November 10th
Saturday the 26th of October at 5 pm, Erla S. Haraldsdottir opens a private
exhibition at Galleri Hlemmur. Erla finished her final degree from the
Valand Art Academy (Konsthögskolan Valand) in Gothenburg in 1998 and has
since had 7 private exhibitions as well as participated in several other
group exhibitions; mostly in Sweden, where she's spent a big part of her
life. During the years between 1998 and 2000, Erla administrated, amongst
others from the artist-group "Swe.de", the Ynglingagatan 1 Gallery in
Stockholm, and today she's one of the managers of Galleri Hlemmur.
This is the second time Erla exhibits in Galleri Hlemmur; in the fall 2001,
she and the Swedish artist Bo Melin displayed computer-manipulated
photographs depicting the streets of Reykjavik. On this occasion she will
be introducing a video piece situated in the main showroom of the gallery.
The piece is closely related to her computer-collages, but instead of
focusing on the urban society as before, she now examines the relationship
between man and nature - in harmony as well as in disarray. The piece is
somewhat surreal and is the artist's attempt to stimulate the visual
perception of the unconscious mind and, at the same time, the logical reality.
Erla has asked the L.A.-based artist and designer Joshua Trees to interpret
in his own words one single still-frame from the video without having had
the opportunity to see the video in full length. These thoughts will be
printed in the exhibition programme. Furthermore, she has invited a young
artist, Arngrímur Borgţórsson, to make a graffiti-piece on one of the walls
in the gallery, inspired by the same picture and given the same starting
point. In that way Erla opens up for other people's interpretations of an
isolated part of her work, which she will use as input in her show.
Galleri Hlemmur is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 2pm -6pm.
Adress: Thverholti 5, 105 Rekjavik, Iceland
tel: + 354 5520455