Elín Hansdóttir: Elsewhere: Ásmundarsalur, Reykjavik, Iceland

7 September - 6 October 2019 

Instead of working with a large-scale installation, as Elín Hansdóttir often does, this time she brings the small scale to the forefront of Ásmundarsalur's historic exhibition hall. Sculptor Ásmundur Sveinsson designed the house and built it himself, which undeniably focuses on the spaces as a kind of sculpture, as this is the element that Elín uses as a starting point. 

 

She plays with the viewer's knowledge of Ásmundarsalur's spaces through miniature sculptures of the spaces that are well-known to city dwellers and the Icelandic art world. She does this by introducing into the halls models of themselves that, however also include her own fictional elements that are more akin to what she herself has worked with over the years on a completely different scale; building archways in the main hall and a kind of vortex in Gryfjan.

 

In terms of model size, Elín's works are on the verge of being sketches for the installations, because of course they could have become a reality in Ásmundarsalur's original spaces. But as fictional models or miniatures, they give the viewer the opportunity to view the works from the outside and reconsider their connection to the creative process, the exhibition spaces and the surrounding city.