Heimir Björgúlfsson / The Classical / at CTRL Gallery

Heimir Bjorgulfsson  














"Floating Stones: Heimir Björgúlfsson  at CTRL Gallery"
By Kelly Klaasmeyer / Houston Press

"Sarah Williams, Heimir Björgúlfsson, Jim Nolan: Must-See Exhibits"
By Douglas Britt / Houston Chronicle 29-95

"Main Street Galleries" By Sasha Dela / Temporary Art Review


Heimir Björgúlfsson / The Classical / February 25 - April 2, 2011

CTRL Gallery / 3907 Main Street, Houston, Texas, 77002 / www.ctrlgallery.com

Heimir Björgúlfsson: walrus knuckles ash trigger / 2010

Heimir Bjorgulfsson  
















July 3 – August 7, 2010 / Opening reception / July 3rd / 6 – 8pm

New paintings, collages, sculpture

Western Project is pleased to present new work by Icelandic artist, Heimir Björgúlfsson. Now a resident of Los Angeles, via Amsterdam, Björgúlfsson uses his cross cultural experiences in collage-based work. His mixing and layering of imagery establishes peculiar equations: birds, icebergs, geodes, dried cactus leaves, and border town walls, are de-contextualized and reconfigured as new thoughts: a taxidermy coyote balances a golf iron on its nose for a stuffed African Raven. As though Paul Bowles, Charles Darwin and Henry David Thoreau were riffing an uncanny harmony; rapture of survival, urban allegories for the 21st century

Björgúlfsson's work suggests the possibility of a disjunctive natural order. Images of ice and geographically unrelated bird species point to themes of polar-melting, interrupted migrations and hieratic confusion in the natural world. But a parallel theme of innate knowledge or re-ordering is present throughout.

From his surroundings, Björgúlfsson uses graffiti marked trees and road signs not as urban decay or imposed pollution, but as an unfamiliar kind of beauty. Because the iconic juxtapositions are so odd, the work relates a more powerful feeling of wholeness where nothing is half hazard. Ignoring the cliché of Man vs. Nature, the artist instead looks to illuminate the strange and effulgent beauty of this planet, and the connectedness of all things.

Björgúlfsson recently completed a solo exhibition at Barbara Seiler Galerie in Zürich, Switzerland, and was included in ‘Open Light in Private Spaces’ Biennial for International Light Art, in Ruhr, Germany, and ‘ljóslitlifun’, at the Reykjavik Art Museum in Reykjavik, Iceland. He has shown in museums and galleries in London, Belgium, the Netherlands, as well as Houston, Columbus, the Francios Ghebaly Gallery in Los Angeles. He received his MFA from the Sandberg Institute in 2003 and his BFA at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in 2001 in Amsterdam.

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Western Project - The First Six Years / Group Show / 2009

November 7 – December 30, 2009 Opening reception Saturday November 7th 5-8pm.

Jason Adkins, Oliver Arms, Ron Athey, Tanya Batura, Heimir Björgúlfsson, Daniel Brice, Thomas Burke, Carole Caroompas, Cole Case, Exene Cervenka, Kris Chatterson, Justin Dahlberg, Michael Dee, Tom of Finland, Eric Freeman, Sush Machida Gaikotsu, Martin Gunsaullus, Ellina Kevorkian, Patrick Lee, Bob Mizer, Michael Reafsnyder, Nancy Riegelman, Chad Robertson, Joe Schmelzer, Aaron Sheppard, Arne Svneson, Vincent Valdez, Mark Dean Veca, Wayne White, Eve Wood, Yek

Western Project is pleased to present, The First Six Years, an anniversary exhibition of the gallery and its artists. Thirty one artists are included with new or recent works. The exhibition is also a celebration of the founding of the arts community in Culver City; Western Project being the third gallery to open its doors in November of 2003.

Sculpture: Part II / Group Show / 2008

August 9 – 30th, 2008 Opening reception: Saturday August 9th, 5-8pm

Michael Dee Heimir Björgúlfsson David Kiddie Michael Reafsnyder Wayne White

Western Project is proud to present the second installment of SCULPTURE. This section features five distinct sensibilities: Michael Dee with his large star sculptures made from heated plastic cups; David Kiddie collaborating with Michael Reafsnyder creating ceramic platters, and Reafsnyder alone, crafting mermaid goddesses out of clay; Heimir Björgúlfsson sees nature and culture as inseparable in his enigmatic found object works; and Wayne White continues to confound us with his unique brand of humor and skill in new ceramic work (PORKGREASE) and painted wood sculptures.

Michael Dee has recently completed a solo exhibition at Shaheen Modern and Contemporary Art in Cleveland and was included in Super Thing: NY Goes Devo at 3rd Ward in New York, Michael Reafsnyder is currently exhibiting at the Rebecca Ibel Gallery in Columbus, Ohio, and in Las Vegas Collects, at the Las Vegas Art Museum. Heimer Björgúlfsson was recently in Six From LA at Seiler and Mosseri-Marlio Galerie in Zurich, and Wayne White was included in Build-Up at the Ottawa Art Gallery in Canada.  A monograph of Wayne White's work published by Ammo Books and edited by Todd Oldham is to be released in March of 2009.

Sculpture Part I / Group Show / 2008

May 28 – June 18, 2008Opening reception: Saturday May 31st 5-8pm

Jason Adkins Tanya Batura Heimir Björgúlfsson Michael Dee

Western Project is proud to present the exhibition, SCULPTURE, in two separate exhibitions. The first part features four distinct sensibilities. Jason Adkins’ cage sculptures refer to cargo, confinement and minimalist aesthetics. Tanya Batura’s exquisite ceramic works are portraits of the unvarnished subconscious; both disturbing and serene. Heimir Björgúlfsson sees nature and culture as inseparable in his enigmatic found object works. Michael Dee’s flaming red Mylar sculptures are melted monuments atop cardboard boxes, revealing the candor and transience of beauty and emotion. The collision of methodologies in this exhibition produces a chorus of inquiry as to the possibilities of manifestation.