“My work, anchored in the practice of drawing, examines memory, myth, and personal and imagined histories in relationship to natural places. During my time at Skagastrond, I am exploring the different ways in which we map real and imagined geographies on top of each other, how we insinuate ourselves into the landscape and try to feel it as home. My work is centered on how an outsider might come to experience and learn a new place through direct interaction with the elements of the landscape itself, wind, water, and earth.”
Ron Linn is an artist based in Eugene, Oregon, where he is pursuing his MFA in Studio Arts. You can see more of his work at ronlinnportfolio.comand follow his Skagastrond adventures at his blog, notesfromanortherntown.blogspot.com
A Summer Evening of Entertainment at Nes Listamiðstöð 28 júlí, kl 17.00-20.00. Meet at the beach (Víkina) at 17.00 for a dance performance by Alexandra Elliott, then make your way to the church for two individual performances by Kleb Kanasevich on clarinet and Simon Petersson, piano and vocals. Then off to Nes studios to see the rest of the works. All welcome!
GEORGE SPICA – Tue 26 July, 19.00-21.00 in the Freezer
My name is George Spica, an American artist working in sculpture, installation, and performance. My work is concerned with the performative potential of the body, as well as, more recently, synthetic projections of that potential through geographical space. I find industry to be an incredibly beautiful and straightforward way of looking at the physical expressions, and desires, of the human body. By this notion, my practice aims to elucidate the romance present in mechanics and functional aesthetics by creating distilled, protracted experiences thereof.
Tuesday night’s show in the Nes Freezer (7-9pm) will be an installation comprising various sculptures and digital video projections, all works made during my time at the Nes Residency. Each work was made in relation to the next; the products of an ongoing practice exploring the romantic qualities of industrial materials. The pieces on display are, in a broad sense, material compositions belonging to many industrial and mechanical lineages brought into the context of a gallery for the sake of examining physical desire through objective analysis.
While here at NES, Leah Pantea has been enamored with paradoxes and has been exploring that concept in her work. She layers on thin wash-like layers of oil paint onto paper-creating a dynamic abstract landscape of geometric structures and organic forms, only to paint over everything with layers of white paint. This process allows shadows and hints of what was to peek through, causing the viewer to both imagine it full of marks and also entirely empty. Leah will be creating at NES through September, then continue home to San Diego, California. See more of her work at http://llpfineart.com/
ADDOLEY DZEGEDE is a Ghanaian-American interdisciplinary artist currently based in St Louis, Missouri. Her practice is idea-driven and mixed media, investigating notions of belonging, home, location and identity. Most recently, she has been interested in textile processes and is creating natural dyes from plant materials found in and around Skagaströnd.
Whilst in residence many artists record their time here via blog diaries/online journals. Check out the Nes Residency from an artists perspective by clicking the linked images below.
Amanda Marsh 2017
Andrea Kennedy 2016 (Nes Intern from Cazenovia College)
Tova Lund 2016
Ron Linn 2016
Alexandra Elliott 2016
Leah Pantea 2016
Mary Walters 2016
Siân Bliss 2016
Alyson Jackson, 2016
Ellis O’Connor, 2015
Amy Tavern, 2013
Anne F Dupuis 2013
Current artist-in-residence JEFF MERTZ is a documentary filmmaker & photographer whose work focuses on exploring emotional vernacular in multiple forms. He is an irrefutable romantic, dedicated to finding poetry, empathy, and redemption in the mundane. View his short film – The Interstate.
We had a great time at our opið hús yesterday…..thanks to all those that visited and our wonderful May artists!