The Clocktower Gallery presents surge, a site-specific installation by Chicago-based Icelandic artist Anna Jóelsdóttir.
Working with oversized sheets of mylar hand-painted with acrylic and ink, Jóelsdóttir transforms the Clocktower’s Performance Gallery into a site where ideas, experience, and history billow and break across the space’s pillars, ceiling, and floor. At first delicate and ethereal, Jóelsdóttir’s sculptural canvases reveal a world in which connections and fissures occur with the paradoxical logic of intuition. Drawing from personal experience, art history, and interpretations of current events, surge’s construction and content reflect the everyday, unconscious practice of creating personal narratives from memory, and the inevitable interpretations and misinterpretations of human interaction.
Born in Iceland, Jóelsdóttir moved to Chicago to study at the Art Institute of Chicago where she received her Masters of Fine Art.. Her work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums in both the United States and Iceland including the Living Art Museum in Reykjavík, the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, the Stux Gallery in New York.
This exhibition is made possible by the generous support of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.