The Inner Life of a Hay Bale
May 21 16:00 opnening
May 21 — August 27 2016
Monday–Fridays 1–5 PM
Closed in weekends
An installation where hay will play a role, but Gabríela shows us the inner life of the hay bale in drawings and an animated film.
Life ignites in the hay and eggs fertilise,
when the sunrays warm the haystack.
Then commences the limbless dance between
chromosomes and beneath, roots lasso
The dry hay creaks and cracks,
awareness awakes straw by straw.
Hope of better times and pink pastures
the distant sound of what will come.
Gallery GAMMA hosts an exhibition of new work by Gabríela Friðriksdóttir. Gabríela has often explored microcosmic worlds on the edge of nature and imagination, worlds inhabited by strange fantastic creatures, where life is born from nothing and flourishes just outside the range of our senses. A simple bale of hay is in fact an entire ecosystem where all sort of critters are born, multiply and die. The eternal and all-embracing life of nature is, for the most part, normally hidden to our senses, and therefore informs the fantastic world of the mind and the subconscious, of myth and legend, the world that we can only visit in our dreams.
The exhibition in Gallery GAMMA is an installation where hay will play a role, but Gabríela shows us the inner life of the hay bale in drawings and an animated film, as well as giving them shape in sculptures made in organic materials.
Gabríela Friðriksdóttir has exhibited around the world. She was Iceland’s representative at the Biennale in Venice in 2005 and in 2011 the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt held a large exhibition of her work.
Curated by Ari Alexander Ergis Magnússon og Jón Proppé