Soft Landing
MA Fine Art Degree Exhibition
Iceland University of the Arts
4.05 – 26.05 2019
Opening at 5 PM

You are cordially invited to the opening of “Soft Landing” Iceland University of the Arts MA Fine Art Degree Exhibition 2019 in the Living Art Museum, Saturday May 4th, 7-9pm.

In Soft Landing eight individual practices diverge, merge and, at times, intersect. Specific words cross through these practices and offer us places to meet, land, or open up into: absurdity, connection, curiosity, darkness, devotion, disparate, domestic, empathy, seeing, insecurity, displacement, in-between, love, realities, place and energy, shelter, sleep, trauma and vessel. These words are at work in this exhibition, encompass many facets of our human experience, and acknowledge powerful internal states and emotions. At the core of what these artists explore is in fact what it means to be human in a world riddled with personal, social, cultural, ecological and environmental complexities. The works present many findings and suggest persistent explorations into art’s capacity for communication, personal expression, and common language.

The exhibition´s title — soft landing — refers to a temporary grounding; not fixed, but flexible as in a soft-deadline. It embraces the curating itself in this specific context; a negotiation, an attempt, agreement, and compromise — soft and fluid. A try-out, graduating people, a pause before the catalyst sparks a launch into the unknown. 

MA studies in Fine Art offers a forum for students to deepen and widen their knowledge in the field of contemporary art. Through research-based studies occurring within the social context of fine art individual vision and creativity are reinforced in connection with the theoretical assumption of the profession.

The 2019 MA Fine Arts graduates include: Katrina Jane Perry, Kimi Taylor, Kirill Lorech, María Hrönn Gunnarsdóttir, Margrét Helga Sesseljudóttir, Pier Yves Larouche, Ragnheiður Guðmundsdóttir, Sihan Yang

Becky Forsythe

MA Fine Art Programme director:
Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir

MA Fine Art Theory director:
Jóhannes Dagsson