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BERG Contemporary announces new artist Páll Haukur

We are pleased to announce that BERG Contemporary now represents Páll Haukur Björnsson.

With his art Páll Haukur Björnsson (b. 1981) tries to break away from and interrogate any given notions of meaning by asking what constitutes an object. His drawings and sculptures are often what he likes to call “unstable objects”, or works of art that aim at complicating the relations that defines them. His work represents change or flux, either through its relationship to the body in space or through the material condition of the work itself – often using biological substances like honey or mycelium as parts of the sculptural practice. The result is an aesthetic experience that constantly asks the viewer to situate and re-situate herself in relation to object and space as Páll Haukur aims to compromise the semiological boundaries between a person and an object, between a thing and thing.

Playing with boundaries and definitions is a practice where the artistic self is as much a suspect in the interrogative process as is its products. Resulting in a versatile but distinct body of work, Páll Haukur’s process ranges from the minimal to the maximal, the deterministic to the arbitrary, often mixing the two together with unforeseen consequences.

Páll Haukur Björnsson studied at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts and the California Institute of the Arts where he graduated with a MFA in 2013. With a focus on drawing, sculpture and performance, his installations have been shown in Iceland, Europe and the US since 2008. He lives and works in Reykjavík.


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Closed on Tuesday, April 27th

BERG Contemporary will be closed on the first day of summer, April 22nd and on Tuesday, April 27th 2021, due to outside construction of the building. We look forward to welcoming you again, during our regular opening hours.

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