The Lost Horse Gallery is pleased to present (made up and let down) an exhibition with Line Ellegaard (DK), Pernille Leggat Ramfelt (NO), Malin Ståhl (SE), Anita Wernström (SE) and ) & Sofia Dahlgren (SE) as part of Sequences 2009.
The exhibition is an intervention of Nordic artists living and working in London into the art scene of Reykjavik. Rather than making a traditional exhibition the artists aim at creating an ongoing process of exchange. This will be visualised in the installation of moving image works along with a program of new performance work made specifically for context of the exhibition. All the artists engage with recorded and moving image, and thus this constitutes the point of departure for the process of the exhibition. The performance works created for Lost Horse Gallery draw on temporality, and staged reality found both in the industry of film and in art production.
The title of (made up and let down) propose an exploration into the artists and viewers ability for make-believe – as the artists ‘are making things up’ and perhaps being ‘made up’ – at the same time as it harbours the possible failure of a performance to actually make one believe. The scenario of ‘making up and letting down’ suggests that to be ‘let down’ (as audience, as artist) might expose how we are all ‘made up’ to be or do certain things in certain ways. At the same time a ‘letting down’ also suggest a ‘letting loose’ of those behavioral norms. Thus the exhibition aims at opening up an arena of possibilities: a situation where predictable encounters and expected outcomes are countered in the meeting between art and viewer, performer and audience. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue designed by Renée O’Drobinak of *the Ladies of the Press* in the form of a magazine, suggesting a free and more creative engagement with the presentation of the artists and their work and with an introduction by Dr. Halldór Björn Runólfsson, Director of Listasafn Ísland.
Sofia Dahlgren’s work pictures landscapes in relation to imagination, dreams and reality. She uses the idea of the landscape as a metaphor relating to emotional and psychological states of mind. The relationship between the mind and our perception of the world is something she continues to explore. At the Lost Horse Gallery Sofia will show three video works titled ,Winter Light, Sunset by the sea and Forest Clearing as well as the new sculpture Homeland.
I-projector is the title of a new work by Line Ellegaard. The work expands on previous works where ideas of transformation, appearance and disappearance were continually tested through disguises and interventions. Reflecting on the projection of film the artist projects a beam of light from between her legs thus becoming a projector. During Sequences 2009 the 16mm film installation will be accompanied by a live performance involving the projector-woman together with the film projection (of her) – one reflecting back on the other – projecting at each other, with each other.
Pernille Leggat Ramfelt
Pernille Leggat Ramfelt’s films, photographs and accompanying texts investigate coexisting levels of reality and the mediated through the recording and reporting of current events. Certain events can be repeated, and in her work it is film and the perfomative that is assumed to be a unique combination of circumstances. From questions of illusion her recent work concerns itself with a manipulation of the experience of representation where the provocation of change becomes possible. At the Lost Horse Gallery Pernille will show day for night, a 16 mm film projected at specific times each day, a blind, an intervention.
Malin Ståhl is presenting We Didn’t Say No / movingthelandscape / Dream of a Dream / Crying for Gene, a group of individual video works presented together providing a visual cross feed, the images stretch across the screens and support and detract from one another. Each video is concerned with a subject matter and story of it’s own, between the videos there is a underlying theme of transformation of identity through costume, entering into personas and characters. Wearing the headphones connected to one video the audio bleeds between the separate videos and inform the visuals with the story of another.
Imagined deaths is a new work inspired by the death of the dancer Isadora Duncan (1878–1927), a pioneering performance artist and feminist. Her long flowing scarf got caught in the wheel of a car and strangled her, the death seems so choreographed and dramatic. Two years later Jean Cocteau writes the novel Les Enfants Terribles (1929) about two siblings, where the sister Elisabeth’s husband dies in the same morbid way. Elisabeth inherits her husband’s fortune and this enables the siblings to continue their ‘game’ in decadence and isolation where their room becomes a stage and a Place de Grève.