Video courtesy of Cleveland Arts Prize
For over fifteen years, Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson (b. 1963) has merged painting and weaving, creating paintings on hand-dyed, woven silk thread. Jónsson’s paintings begin from images of the singular landscape of her native Iceland; addressing numerous Icelandic landmarks, she has created series devoted to Vatnajökull, Iceland’s largest glacier, and Hekla, a stratovolcano that is one of the country’s most active. Opener 25 features a selection of Jónsson’s artwork from the past five years, including large-scale woven paintings made on a ten-foot-wide loom, as well as several newly created pieces.
Opener 25: Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson is a two-site exhibition that will be on view at the Reykjavik Museum of Art from February 5–May 18, 2014. The Tang Museum presentation is organized by Dayton Director Ian Berry in collaboration with the artist and supported by New York State Council on the Arts, Overbrook Foundation, and Friends of the Tang.