Shoplifter / Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir
Exhibition 4/4 - 6/9 2020
Nervescape IX is a site-specific installation by the internationally renowned Icelandic artist Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir / Shoplifter. The exhibition marks the first solo presentation of the artist in Denmark and can be experienced at Nordatlantens Brygge (The North Atlantic House) from April 3 to September 6, 2020.
The exhibition is the ninth iteration of Shoplifter´s series of site-specific work called Nervescape that has been installed internationally in the last decade. The work is a large-scale experiential installation, constructed entirely out of multi colored synthetic hair that will hang from floor to ceiling in detailed configurations by the artist.
For the exhibition at Nordatlantens Brygge, Shoplifter will create an immersive environment that the audience (children of all ages as well as grown-ups) can experience with all their senses: The colorful work can freely be touched, and the artist urges visitors to participate in the work by experiencing it with their whole bodies.
Nervescape IX is partly inspired by the Shoplifter´s long interest in neuroscience and brain research. In the work, tangles of hair resemble nerve cells in their organic structure, but here the artist wants to impact our synapses in a more direct sense: She believes that when we are exposed to vibrant colours and soft touch, it triggers the release of serotonin in the brain.
Shoplifter (aka Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir, b. 1969) has been living and working in New York since the mid 90´s. For the past two decades, she has explored the use and symbolic nature of hair, both synthetic and natural, and its artistic potential. Shoplifters´s body of work largely consists of sculptures, wall murals and site-specific installations that examine themes of vanity, self-image, fashion, beauty and popular myth. Her work is anchored between a fascination of popular culture/mass production and an admiration of folk art/handicraft. Humor plays a large, yet subtle, role in the artist´s work, often manifesting in the use of an intense array of colors. Shoplifter represents Iceland at 58th Venice Biennale in 2019, with her installation Chromo Sapiens. Her recent work includes solo exhibitions at Kiasma - Finnish National Gallery (Nervescape VIII, 2019); the National Gallery of Iceland (Nervescape VII, 2017); the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles (Nervescape IV, 2017); and the Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art, Australia (Nervescape V, 2016). Notable projects include; fashion design for Moncler (2019) and &Other Stories (2017); Interior design for HAY (2016); and a window installation created with art collective a.v.a.f. for MoMA, New York (2008). She was awarded the Nordic Award in Textiles/Prince Eugen Medal for artistic achievement in Sweden in 2011.