13th March - 17th April 2010
Opening : 12th March, 6 - 10 pm
For her first solo exhibition in Berlin, entitled Mindscape, the artist Ragna Róbertsdóttir introduces new works engaging the urban gallery situation and various natural processes. Since the early eighties Róbertsdóttir has been determined in her efforts aimed at reinventing the tradition of landscape art by bringing natural raw materials into play with architecture and geometry. Her homeland, Iceland, is a rewarding toolbox, where unique geological conditions have brought forward an unlimited scope of colours, materials, textures and shapes.
Minerals are the building blocks of the works in Róbertsdóttir’s exhibition in the Hamish Morrison Galerie. Pulverized, crystallized, vitrified and solidified either in nature or by hand. A massive basalt cube, cut from the extensive lava fields of Iceland, marks the entrance to her Mindscape. Mud from geothermal fields is applied systematically straight onto the walls and the range of colours found in the mineral deposits where hot water and steam rise to the surface is further reflected in a work dedicated to the artist Donald Judd. Black and red pumice, created when molten magma gushes out of the earth in a volcanic eruption and gets solidified in mid air is used to create artificial horizons. The lightweight volcanic deposits are sandwiched between glass panes in windows which lean against the gallery walls. Salt is yet another fundamental element at play in Mindscape. Róbertsdóttir has installed curious glass containers on the gallery floor in which she allows brine to evaporate, leaving behind miniscule landscapes of crystallized sodium chloride. Her experiment with glass and salt continues directly on the gallery walls.
The artist draws on the natural elements that characterize her native island and the vast ocean around it. By decrypting the interdependency between nature and landscape, she employs the fundamental components as a point of departure for her own topography.
Markús Þór Andrésson