SIGLA BINDA | Exhibition ending soon!

🇮🇸 Bókverkasýningunni SIGLA BINDA, samvinnuverkefni 10 listamanna úr Codex Polaris frá Noregi og Örkum á Íslandi, lýkur nú um helgina, en síðasti sýningardagur er sunnudagurinn 17. júlí 2022. Á myndbandinu má sjá verkin í sal Íslenskrar grafíkur í Hafnarhúsinu, Tryggvagötu 17 í Reykjavík. Sýningin er opin frá kl 13 -17.

🇬🇧 The exhibition SIGLA BINDA [SAILING BINDING] is coming to an end at art gallery of the Icelandic Printmakers Association in Reykjavík. Five Norwegian artists of the artist group Codex Polaris and five members from ARKIR exhibit their works.

This weekend is the last chance to see the exhibition: on Saturday 16th of July and Sunday 17th of July, 2022. The exhibition is open from 1 pm to 5 pm at the art gallery of Íslensk Grafík, Icelandic Printmakers Association, Hafnarhús, (entrance facing the harbour) Tryggvagata 17 in Reykjavík.

MYNDBAND: | VIDEO: Íslensk Grafík / Viktor.


Fleiri myndir | More photos:
Myndir frá SIGLA BINDA í Gallery Entrée
í Bergen.
Photos from the exhibition at Gallery Entrée in Bergen.
Myndir frá opnun sýningarinnar í sal Íslenskrar grafíkur í Reykjavík.
Photos from the exhibition opening in Reykjavík.

Umfjöllun | Reviews: 
Numermagasin: SIGLA BINDA – eit samarbeid over landegrensene 21.12.2021
Artviewer: Sigla Binda at Entrée 03.01.2022

SIGLA BINDA | Photos from the exhibition opening

🇮🇸 Bókverkasýningin SIGLA BINDA, samvinnuverkefni 10 listamanna úr Codex Polaris frá Noregi og Örkum á Íslandi, opnaði fimmtudaginn 16. júní í sal Íslenskrar grafíkur í Hafnarhúsinu, við fögnuð listamannanna og góðra gesta. Ljósmyndirnar eru frá undirbúningi og opnun sýningarinnar og af nokkrum verkum á sýningunni.

Hér ofar, frá vinstri: | above, from left:
Imi Maufe, Sigurborg Stefánsdóttir, Svanborg Matthíasdóttir, Anna Snædís Sigmarsdóttir, Ingiríður Óðinsdóttir, Rita Marhaug, Solveig Landa, Nanna Gunhild Amstrup, Kristín Þóra Guðbjartsdóttir, Randi Annie Strand.

Athugið að sýningin hefur verið framlengd til 18. júlí 2022. Sýningin er í sal Íslenskrar grafíkur í Hafnarhúsinu, Tryggvagötu 17 í Reykjavík, og er opin fimmtudaga, föstudaga, laugardaga og sunnudaga frá kl 13 -17.

🇬🇧 The exhibition SIGLA BINDA [SAILING BINDING] opened on June 16th in the art gallery of the Icelandic Printmakers Association at Hafnarhús in Reykjavík, Tryggvagata 17. Five Norwegian artists of the artist group  Codex Polaris and five members from ARKIR celebrated their art along with good guests at the opening. The photos are from the installation and opening.

The exhibition has been extended to July 18, 2022. Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1 pm to 5 pm Íslensk Grafík, Hafnarhús, (entry facing the harbour) Tryggvagata 17 in Reykjavík.


Myndir frá uppsetningu | Installation work:

Click on the images to enlarge | Smellið á myndirnar til að stækka.


Sýningaropnun | Opening:

Click on the images to enlarge | Smellið á myndirnar til að stækka.

🇮🇸 Gestir sýndu verkunum áhuga, þ.á.m. var sendiherra Noregs á Íslandi, Aud Lise Norheim (t.h). 🇬🇧 Interested guests at the opening, among them Norways ambassador to Iceland, Aud Lise Norheim (right).

Ljósmyndir: | Photos: Anna Snædís Sigmarsdóttir og Svanborg Matthíasdóttir.

UPPFÆRT 22. júní: Fleiri myndir | More photos – by Kristín Þóra Guðbjartsdóttir


Fleiri myndir | More photos:
Myndir frá SIGLA BINDA í Gallery Entrée
í Bergen.
Photos from the exhibition at Gallery Entrée in Bergen.

Umfjöllun | Reviews: 
Numermagasin: SIGLA BINDA – eit samarbeid over landegrensene 21.12.2021
Artviewer: Sigla Binda at Entrée 03.01.2022


Nokkur verk á sýningunni | Selected works from the exhibition: 

Click on the images to enlarge | Smellið á myndirnar til að stækka.

SIGLA – BINDA: sýningaropnun 16. júní | SAILING – BINDING opening soon!

🇮🇸 Bókverkasýningin SIGLA BINDA opnar 16. júní n.k. í sýningarsal Íslenskrar Grafíkur, Tryggvagötu 17. Sýningin er samvinnuverkefni tveggja listhópa sem lagt hafa áherslu á bókverkalist: íslenska listahópsins ARKA og norska hópsins Codex Polaris. Sjá nánar í fyrri frétt. 

Þátttakendur í sýningunni eru: Anna Snædís Sigmarsdóttir, Ingiríður Óðinsdóttir, Kristín Þóra Guðbjartsdóttir, Sigurborg Stefánsdóttir, Svanborg Matthíasdóttir, Nanna Gunhild Amstrup, Solveig Landa, Rita Marhaug, Imi Maufe og Randi Annie Strand.

Myndir frá sýningunni í Gallery Entrée í Bergen.
Photos from the exhibition at Gallery Entrée in Bergen.

Umfjöllun | Reviews: 
Numermagasin: SIGLA BINDA – eit samarbeid over landegrensene 21.12.2021
Artviewer: Sigla Binda at Entrée 03.01.2022


SIGLA – BINDA | SAILING – BINDING

🇬🇧 The exhibition SIGLA – BINDA will open soon: on June 16th in the art gallery of the Icelandic Printmakers Association at Hafnarhús in Reykjavík, Tryggvagata 17. See previous post about the exhibition here.

The exhibitors are five Norwegian artists of th artist group Codex Polaris: Nanna Gunhild Amstrup, Solveig Landa, Rita Marhaug, Imi Maufe and Randi Annie Strand, – along with five members of ARKIR: Anna Snædís Sigmarsdóttir, Ingiríður Óðinsdóttir, Kristín Þóra Guðbjartsdóttir, Sigurborg Stefánsdóttir and Svanborg Matthíasdóttir.

Veggspjald: | Poster design: Kristín Þóra Guðbjartsdóttir.

SIGLA – BINDA í sýningarsal Íslenskrar Grafíkur | SAILING – BINDING – upcoming exhibition

Haf – Svanborg Matthíasdóttir

🇮🇸 SIGLA BINDA er samvinnuverkefni tveggja listhópa sem lagt hafa áherslu á bókverkalist: íslenska listahópsins ARKA og norska hópsins Codex Polaris. Norsku listamennirnir eru fimm og fimm ARKIR tóku þátt í verkefninu. Kveikjan að samstarfinu er sameiginleg ástríða allra þátttakenda fyrir bókverkalistinni, metnaður til að skapa nýja list og áhuga fyrir samvinnu og samtali um menningararfinn. Menning Íslands og Noregs á sér sameiginlegar rætur, í tungumáli og frásagnarhefð, í sögu þjóðanna og lífsbaráttu í norðrinu.

Et godt sted å våkne – Nanna Gunhild Amstrup

Sagnirnar að „sigla“ og „binda“ eru algeng orð á norsku og íslensku sem ennþá hafa sömu merkingu á báðum tungum. Þau hafa bæði hlutbundna og óhlutbundna merkingu sem tengist tilveru beggja þjóða. Orðin tengjast hefðum og nýsköpun í list okkar, hafinu sem tengir löndin saman og sameiginlegri sögu. Afrakstur fyrri hluta samstarfsins var til sýnis í Gallery Entrée í Bergen 27. nóvember 2021 – 23. janúar 2022 og verkefnið í heild verður til sýnis í sal Íslenskrar Grafíkur í Hafnarhúsinu í Reykjavík, 16. júní – 3. júlí 2022. Sýningin er opin alla fimmtudaga til sunnudaga frá kl. 13 – 17.

Þátttakendur í sýningunni eru: Anna Snædís Sigmarsdóttir, Ingiríður Óðinsdóttir, Kristín Þóra Guðbjartsdóttir, Sigurborg Stefánsdóttir, Svanborg Matthíasdóttir, Nanna Gunhild Amstrup, Solveig Landa, Rita Marhaug, Imi Maufe og Randi Annie Strand.

Sigling – Ingiríður Óðinsdóttir

Fleiri myndir | More photos:
Myndir frá sýningunni í Gallery Entrée í Bergen.
Photos from the exhibition at Gallery Entrée in Bergen.

Umfjöllun | Reviews: 
Numermagasin: SIGLA BINDA – eit samarbeid over landegrensene 21.12.2021
Artviewer: Sigla Binda at Entrée 03.01.2022

Tingbod – Randi Strand

Villimey – Kristín Þóra Guðbjartsdóttir


SIGLA – BINDA | SAILING – BINDING

🇬🇧 An exhibition from the Icelandic-Norwegian art project SIGLA – BINDA will open on June 16th in the art gallery of the Icelandic Printmakers Association at Hafnarhús in Reykjavík. Open until July 3rd, 2022. The exhibition is open Thursdays to Sundays from 1 pm – 5 pm.

The exhibitors are five Norwegian artists of th artist group Codex Polaris: Nanna Gunhild Amstrup, Solveig Landa, Rita Marhaug, Imi Maufe and Randi Annie Strand, – along with five members of ARKIR: Anna Snædís Sigmarsdóttir, Ingiríður Óðinsdóttir, Kristín Þóra Guðbjartsdóttir, Sigurborg Stefánsdóttir and Svanborg Matthíasdóttir.

Jare – Solveig Landa

Norske påvirkere – Sigurborg Stefánsdóttir

From Codex Polaris information site about the project

SIGLA – BINDA
Is a cross-border collaboration rooted in the love of artist’s books, with ambitions to create art that touches both the mind and the eye. One rainy day in February 2019, the Norwegian book art group Codex Polaris (CP) and the Icelandic book art group Arkir met at North Bay Letterpress Arts (NBLA) in California. However, the history of CPs and Arkir goes further back. Five years ago, we established contact connected to CP’s initiative and planning of a joint Nordic participation at CODEX 2019; America’s largest book fair for “the handmade book as work of art”. In the aftermath of this impressive event, we have stayed in touch having in mind a joint exhibition concept with the book object in the centre.

BACKGROUND
To humankind the text-image combination and its physical carriers; the stone tablet, the papyrus scroll and the codex format, have had a magical attraction since the dawn of history. Overpowering objects that link us to the people of the past, to the divine and to the law. Norway and Iceland have common cultural roots, through the Norwegian settlement in Iceland, through language, storytelling traditions and not least through their connected book history. These two countries also share links in terms of shipping, fishing and other natural conditions. The iconic stories about Norway, written down in Iceland, are priceless and a central part defining our modern states and self-understanding as cultures, even today.

In the autumn of 2019, Flatøyboka was published in its entirety in Norwegian translation for the first time. Written in Iceland in the years 1387 – 1394, it is considered a unique work in world literature due to its scope and content, but also due to its beautiful, artistic design. During the rule of Denmark, the book was lost to Copenhagen. After long negotiations Iceland got it back in 1971, resulting in a festival in Reykjavik. In 2020, the city of Bergen celebrated its 950th anniversary. As part of this a specific focus has been on the book Codex Hardenbergianus, a particularly lavish edition of Magnus Lagabøte’s first national law from 1274, designed in Bergen. It is still owned by The Royal Library in Copenhagen and is currently on a long-term loan to the National Library in Oslo. The return of cultural treasures is a controversial global topic. The relocations may have saved many important objects and given them a safe place, but at the same time people have suffered priceless loss of important identity objects. In the 13th century, the powerful chief and poet Snorre Sturlason wrote down Norwegian history in the works The Younger Edda and Heimskringa. Above all, such stories show that the countries are closely intertwined. These are threads in a fascinating web of common cultural heritage and its clear manifestation in writing and book culture. In our project we understand the many threads as an opportunity to strengthen continued cultural coexistence: to travel and visit each other, see book treasures where they are, experience societies and cultures as they are today, and together make new connections and new works of art.  

SAILING – BINDING
The terms binda and sigla – which we have chosen as the title for our project, are two of many common words between Norwegian and Icelandic. They have both concrete and abstract meanings related to our existence  , to the sea that binds us together, to our artistic practice between tradition and innovation and to the historical ties between our nations.

THE TARGET GROUP 
Our target group is the art-interested audience, but also those who are curious about an old and important craft such as bookbinding. We hope that the exhibition concept of which Sigla–Binda will be shown in (Entrée, Bergen – november 2021 and Grafikehuset, Reykjavik June 2022) can arouse the interest of the many people interested in history when it comes to our references to Iceland and Norway’s common (written) culture.  

Búrfell – Anna Snædís Sigmarsdóttir

Malbik endar – Imi Maufe

Stella Polaris – Rita Marhaug

Ljósmyndir: | Photos: the artists.

Sýningaropnun í Bergen | SIGLA BINDA

🇮🇸 ARKIR halda nú til Bergen á opnun sýningarinnar SIGLA BINDA í galleríinu ENTRÉE. Þar eru til sýnis bókverk eftir tíu listamenn, norska og íslenska. Fimm ARKIR eiga þar verk: Anna Snædís Sigmarsdóttir, Ingiríður Óðinsdóttir, Kristín Þóra Guðbjartsdóttir Sigurborg Stefánsdóttir og Svanborg Matthíasdóttir, en norsku listamennirnir eru Nanna Gunhild Amstrup, Solveig Landa, Rita Marhaug, Imi Maufe og Randi Annie Strand – og eru þær flestar í listahópnum Codex Polaris sem fer fyrir verkefninu í Noregi. 

Nánar má lesa um verkefnið hér á sýningarsíðu Codex Polaris og hjá gallerí ENTRÉE. Sýningin opnar laugardaginn 27. nóvember 2021 og henni lýkur 23. janúar 2022.

Mynd ofar | above: Svanborg Matthíasdóttir: Haf
Mynd neðar | below: Rita Marhaug: Stella Polaris

🇬🇧 We are happy to announce that five members of ARKIR are taking the trip to Bergen Norway (which is no easy task in the times of a pandemic!) to take part in the opening of the exhibition SIGLA BINDA, a joint exhibition project by ARKIR and the Norwegian artist group Codex Polaris. The exhibition, that consists of works by ten artists, five Icelandic and five Norwegian, opens on Saturday 27, 2021 in gallery ENTRÉE in Bergen. The exhibition ends January 23, 2022.

“SIGLA – BINDA is a cross-border collaboration rooted in the love of artist’s books, with ambitions to create art that touches both the mind and the eye. … SAILING – BINDING. The terms binda and sigla – which we have chosen as the title for our project, are two of many common words between Norwegian and Icelandic. They have both concrete and abstract meanings related to our existence , to the sea that binds us together, to our artistic practice between tradition and innovation and to the historical ties between our nations.”

For more information about the project see websites: exhibition page SIGLA BINDA at the site of Codex Polaris and the gallery in Bergen: ENTRÉE.

Síðasti sýningardagur í Landsbókasafni | BIBLIOTEK NORDICA – closing of the exhibition in Reykjavík

🇮🇸 Mánudaginn 23. maí 2021 lýkur í Þjóðarbókhlöðu sýningu á bókverkum úr norræna bókverkasafninu Bibliotek Nordica, sem er eitt af verkefnum Codex Polaris, og samanstendur af bókverkum meira en 80 valdra listamanna, hönnuða, rithöfunda og prentlistamanna (sjá sýningarskrá hér). Bibliotek Nordica var framleitt í 10 eintökum og hefur verið sýnt víða um lönd. 

Næsti sýningarstaður Bibliotek Nordica er bókamessan CHART Art Fair í Kunsthal Charlottenborg við Kóngsins nýja torg í Kaupmannahöfn, dagana 26. – 29. ágúst 2021. Bibliotek Nordica verður þar hluti af sýningu Codex Polaris-hópsins.

Sex ARKIR eiga verk í Bibliotek Nordica: Anna Snædís Sigmarsdóttir, Áslaug Jónsdóttir, Helga Pálína Brynjólfsdóttir, Ingiríður Óðinsdóttir, Sigurborg Stefánsdóttir og Svanborg Matthíasdóttir. Myndirnar eru frá sýningunni í Landsbókasafni Íslands, Þjóðarbókhlöðu.

🇬🇧 The exhibition of works from Bibliotek Nordica in the National Library of Iceland will close on Monday, 22 August. The book art project run by Codex Polaris, representing more than 80 selected artists, designers, writers, and printmakers from the Nordic Countries includes works by six members of ARKIR: Anna Snædís Sigmarsdóttir, Áslaug Jónsdóttir, Helga Pálína Brynjólfsdóttir, Ingiríður Óðinsdóttir, Sigurborg Stefánsdóttir and Svanborg Matthíasdóttir. For more information see website: Bibliotek Nordica and catalog here.The exhibition is open on Mon from 9 am to 5 pm. For opening hours and covid-19 restrictions see here and here.

Next destination for Bibliotek Nordica is the book fair CHART Art Fair at Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark, from the 26th to 29th August.  Codex Polaris have been invited to show at the fair and Bibliotek Nordica will be exhibited as part of the Codex Polaris collection.

 


Veggspjald – hönnun | poster design: Áslaug Jónsdóttir.
Ljósmyndir | photos: Áslaug Jónsdóttir.
Smellið á myndirnar til að stækka. | Click on the images to enlarge.

Norræna bókverkasafnið | BIBLIOTEK NORDICA

 

🇮🇸 Mánudaginn 17. maí 2021 opnar í Þjóðarbókhlöðu sýning á bókverkum úr norræna bókverkasafninu Bibliotek Nordica. Sex ARKIR eiga þar verk: Anna Snædís Sigmarsdóttir, Áslaug Jónsdóttir, Helga Pálína Brynjólfsdóttir, Ingiríður Óðinsdóttir, Sigurborg Stefánsdóttir og Svanborg Matthíasdóttir, en enn fleiri íslenskir listamenn taka þátt í verkefninu. Bibliotek Nordica er eitt af verkefnum Codex Polaris og samanstendur af bókverkum meira en 80 valdra listamanna, hönnuða, rithöfunda og prentlistamanna (sjá sýningarskrá hér). Bibliotek Nordica var framleitt í 10 eintökum, en sýningareintakið hefur farið víða um lönd. Markmiðið með Bibliotek Nordica er að búa til safn norrænna bókverka sem auðvelt er að nálgast og nota til viðmiðunar í bókmenntasögu samtímans. Um leið var það markmið að skapa tengslanet milli listamanna á Norðurlöndum.

Sýningin stendur fram til sunnudagsins 22. ágúst. Opið er virka daga 9-17 og 10-14 á laugardögum. Lokað sunnudaga. Athugið opnunartíma á heimasíðu Landsbókasafns og reglur vegna covid-19. Nánar verður tilkynnt viðburði tengda sýningunni síðar.

🇬🇧 Exhibition of works from Bibliotek Nordica will open on Monday, 17 May, in the National Library of Iceland. Six members of ARKIR: Anna Snædís Sigmarsdóttir, Áslaug Jónsdóttir, Helga Pálína Brynjólfsdóttir, Ingiríður Óðinsdóttir, Sigurborg Stefánsdóttir and Svanborg Matthíasdóttir, are represented in the book art project run by Codex Polaris, representing more than 80 selected artists, designers, writers, and printmakers from the Nordic Countries. ​The aim for Bibliotek Nordica is to create a collection of easy-to-access Nordic artist books that can be used as a reference for contemporary book practices and also create a network between the Nordic countries. 

For more information see website: Bibliotek Nordica and catalog here.

The last day of the exhibition is August 22nd. The exhibition is open Mon-Fri from 9 am to 5 pm and 10 am to 2 pm on Saturdays. Sundays closed. For opening hours and covid-19 restrictions see here and here.

 


Veggspjald – hönnun | poster design: Áslaug Jónsdóttir.
Ljósmyndir | photos: Áslaug Jónsdóttir.
Smellið á myndirnar til að stækka. | Click on the images to enlarge.

Fréttir af ÖRKUM | ARKIR in 2021

🇮🇸 Þrátt fyrir heimsfaraldur og samkomutakmarkanir hafa ARKIR undirbúið ýmis sýningarverkefni og sinnt listum og bókverkasköpun eins og færi hafa gefist. Í næstu póstum greinum við nánar frá helstu tíðinum en hér fyrir neðan er listi yfir verkefni síðustu mánuða.

🇬🇧 ARKIR have been working on various book art projects despite social restrictions due to the pandemic. Below is a list of current exhibitions and main projects but we will soon report in more details on openings and events.


NORRÆNA BÓKAVERKASAFNIÐ | BIBLIOTEK NORDICA

🇮🇸 ARKIR nýlokið við að setja upp sýningu á verkum úr bókaverkasafninu Bibliotek Nordica í sýningarsal Þjóðarbókhlöðunnar. Sex ARKIR eiga verk í farandbókaverkasafninu sem er eitt af verkefnum Codex Polaris, en safnið samanstendur af bókverkum yfir 80 valdra listamanna, hönnuða, rithöfunda og prentlistamanna. Nánari upplýsingar síðar!

🇬🇧 ARKIR have just finished installation of works from Bibliotek Nordica in the National Library of Iceland. Six members of ARKIR are represented in the book art project run by Codex Polaris, representing more than 80 selected artists, designers, writers, and printmakers from the Nordic Countries. More information soon!


BÓKVERK Í BRISTOL | BABE 2021

🇮🇸 ARKIR tóku þátt í Bristol Artist’s Book Event, BABE, sem fór að mestu fram rafrænt að þessu sinni vegna heimsfaraldurs og ferðatakmarkana. Framlag ARKA var hluti af myndbandshátíðinni The Lost Weekend, sem var viðburður á vegum Arnolfini, International Centre for Contemporary Arts í Bristol. Við munum birta myndbandið hér fljótlega.

🇬🇧 ARKIR participated in Bristol Artist’s Book Event, BABE, which took place mostly online this year, due to the dreaded pandemic and travel restrictions. ARKIR had their part in the video festival The Lost Weekend, arranged by Arnolfini, International Center for Contemporary Arts in Bristol. The video will be posted on our site soon.


SPOR | TRACES

🇮🇸 Textílbókverkasýningin SPOR | TRACES í Heimilisiðnaðarsafninu á Blönduósi hefur verið framlengd um heilt ár eða til vors 2022. Sýningin er opin á venjulegum sýningartíma safnsins yfir sumarið eða til 31. ágúst 2021, en svo eftir samkomulagi. Nánari upplýsingar síðar.

🇬🇧 The textile book art exhibition SPOR | TRACES at the Textile Museum in Blönduós has been extended for an entire year or until spring 2022. The exhibition is open during the museum’s regular exhibition hours during the summer or until 31 August 2021, then by appointment. More information soon!


NORRÆNT SÝNINGARVERKEFNI | SIGLA – BINDA

🇮🇸 ARKIR taka þátt í sýningarverkefninu Sigla – Binda ásamt CODEX POLARIS hópnum. Fulltrúar ARKA í verkefninu eru Anna Snædís Sigmarsdóttir, Ingiríður Óðinsdóttir, Kristín Þóra Guðbjartsdóttir, Sigurborg Stefánsdóttir og Svanborg Matthíasdóttir. Sýningar verða m.a. haldnar í heimalöndu hópanna, í Noregi og á Íslandi.

🇬🇧 ARKIR participate in the exhibition project Sigla – Binda together with the book arts group CODEX POLARIS. ARKIR’s representatives in the project are Anna Snædís Sigmarsdóttir, Ingiríður Óðinsdóttir, Kristín Þóra Guðbjartsdóttir, Sigurborg Stefánsdóttir and Svanborg Matthíasdóttir. Exhibitions will be held in the groups’ home countries, in Norway and in Iceland.