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Luise Ross Gallery opens third exhibition with artist Gudrun Kristjansdottir
Gudrun Kristjansdottir (Icelandic, b. 1950), Island, 1994. Painted plywood, 6.75 x 45 x .75”. All images courtesy of Luise Ross Gallery, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- In her third solo exhibition at Luise Ross Gallery, the barren and mountainous Icelandic landscape serves as the starting point for Gudrun Kristjansdottir's sculptures and paintings. Working to distil the complex forms she sees in nature down to a single gesture, Kristjansdottir explores the complex relationship between art and nature, perception and reality. Not simply abstractions of the landscape, her work retains the full expressive power and majesty of her subject matter.

Over the years Luise Ross Gallery has born witness to Gudrun Kristjansdottir's love affair with her beloved Icelandic surroundings. From mountain tops with melting snow, to water fed basins, various times of the year have been translated onto canvas, walls, the print medium, video, wood and steel. In our current exhibition a visual taste of the past twenty-four years accompanies the artist's sensitive acknowledgement of Iceland's grandeur.

Gudrun Kristjansdottir is working intensively on her exhibition projects in Iceland and all over Europe, in America and Asia. For over twenty years she has been active as an artist and also as a curator, editor, lecturer and leader of the Icelandic union of artists. She has received many grants and awards, notably from the respected Pollock-Krasner fund for her painting- technique, which involves layering in developing of an old method. Gudrun Kristjansdottir’s personal view on nature evolves around the constant weather and light changes in Iceland. She frames the everyday landscape of altering imprints and in aim of recreating the perpetual movement of nature she is merging medias. In her installation she intertwines paintings and videos, murals and light, reflections, wallpapers, sculptures, prints, photos and music to create an ambient environment, highlighting the complex relationship between perception, art and nature.

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