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ABOVE: Hannes Lárusson in performance in his ARCH 2 Gallery installation, 2008. The exhibition consisted of a video projection of the artist balancing a log on his face; a set of photographs of a red and a blue piece of cloth pictured draped in various configurations on the gallery floor; and an opening performace by the artist. A video of that performance was also shown in the gallery for the duration of the exhibition.


19 September to 20 October 2008 at ARCH 2 Gallery.

Opening reception and performance: Friday, 19 September 2008 at noon.
Curated by Cliff Eyland. and Neil Minuk.

This exhibition was a joint project that involved Gallery One One One, the University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture's ARCH 2 Gallery, and the UofM's Icelandic Department. The exhibition took place in the ARCH 2 Gallery in the Fort Garry Campus of the University of Manitoba. While he was in Winnipeg, Mr. Lárusson did a public performance in the ARCH 2 exhibition space; a public lecture at the School of Art about his visual art; and a talk about his architectural restoration project at the Faculty of Architecture's Centre Space. Many thanks to the Consulate General of Iceland for support of this exhibition.

For years Hannes Lárusson has dealt with the connection between contemporary art and cultural heritage, the role and place of the artist in society and the connection between craftsmanship and ideology. Hannes Lárusson is one of Iceland's most important performance artists, an instigator of vigorous polemics on art and the author of complex installations where the ideology of art is pitted against popular views and traditional values. His installation Door to Door shown in the The Reykjavik Art Museum in 2002 is typical of this approach. Other works include The Order of the Carrot which was begun in the fall of 2003; 2004's Take Me On took place at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery in Lethbridge; and most recently the performance-based installation Ubu Roi meets Humpty Dumpty (in Iceland) was shown at the Kling & Bang Gallery in 2006. Presently Mr. Lárusson is working on a large and intricate project entitled islenski baerinn (The Old Icelandic Farm House).

This exhibition was made possible through the generous support of the Consulate General of Iceland. ARCH 2 is grateful for the support of the Faculty of Architecture Endowment Fund. The artist would like to thank Consul Atli Asmundsson, Cliff Eyland, Dr. Birna Bjarnadóttir, and Donna Jones. Gallery One One One would like to thank the director of the ARCH 2 Gallery Neil Minuk for his support, and Mike Spencer and Collin Zipp for their installation assistance.

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Below: Hannes Lárusson mailer image.

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