Shoplifter's Nervescape

May 23  - November 09, 2012

Shoplifter's Nervescape

Curated by Alanna Heiss
Photo by Willis Arnold, 2012
Photo by Willis Arnold, 2012

Nervescape is a colorful, organic, and beastly installation by Icelandic artist Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir aka Shoplifter with sound by Kría Brekkan in the Clocktower's upper gallery.

Arnardottir makes sculptures, drawings and installations with various materials, including large amounts of multi-colored synthetic hair, which explore themes of vanity, self-image, beauty and beastly mythology, as well as notions of obsession and fetish. For her installation at the Clocktower, Arnardottir uses an existing metal structure in the upstairs gallery as a skeleton for a colorful, organic, and at times beastly installation that engulfs the space, and creates a fantastical landscape which viewers can enter and interact with.

Mythology from Arnardottir’s upbringing in Iceland serves as an abstract inspiration for her work, along with the idyllic landscape of American painting, and notions of fairytale drama. The installation will be the site for opening performances, and invite viewers to dwell in the artist’s imaginary world of paradoxical impressions such as beauty and horror, nature and the supernatural. Icelandic vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Kría Brekkan provides an elusive, environmental soundscape which will evolve over the course of the exhibition.

Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir aka Shoplifter is an Icelandic artist based in New York. She makes sculptures, drawings and installations with various materials and found objects that take on themes relating to vanity, self-image, fashion, beauty and popular myths, often touching on notions that come close to obsession or fetish. Her body of work as a whole exists in the gray area between visual art, performance, and design and has been shown and published in many countries and numerous publications. Together with the artist collective a.v.a.f. (assume vivid astro focus) she was commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art in 2008 to create a large window installation in New York, and she represented Iceland, alongside Hrafnkell Sigurðsson, at the Liverpool Biennial in UK in September 2010. She is the recipient of The Nordic Award in Textiles 2011 and was recently awarded The Prins Eugen Medal for artistic achievement from the King of Sweden.

Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir (aka Kría Brekkan, born January 5, 1982) is an Icelandic vocalist and classically trained multi-instrumentalist. She is best known as a former frontperson of múm, and later on for collaborating with former husband David Portner as Avey Tare & Kría Brekkan.

Selected Press

"An amazing installation... a beautifully breath-taking choreographed sound performance..." -
Anthony Papa for Huffington Post
in reference to Kria Brekkan's performance at the show's opening.

This project is made possible in part with support from the Icelandic Art Center and Iceland Naturally.

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