Gudrun Nielsen

Temple 2018

Grundargerðisgarður, Reykjavík, Iceland.

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Abmessungen : 262 cm x 312 cm x 208 cm (Height, Width, Depth)
Gewicht : 500 kg
Jahr : 2018
Material : Holz, Installation, Papier

Gudrun Nielsen

Gudrun Nielsen Reykjavík-based sculptor has spent most of her artistic career working in the UK. She has competed and exhibited at an international level and been granted many different awards for her art. Gudrun has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions, e.g. Sweden, Germany and Italy.

Gudrun aligns herself with the kind of three-dimensional art which might be called a modernist-based formalism with minimalist or constructivist overtones. The ‘Japan factor’ should be seen in the context of the second aspect of Gudrun´s ‘style’, her enduring interest in clear and concise forms and proportions, and in qualities such as lightness and harmony, in short, everything that contributes to the optimum balance of elements within the work at hand as well as the environment without. These are qualities traditionally associated with the Japanese attitude to mass and space, as seen in the work of their most prominent architects. A fundamental aspect of this attitude is a certain spareness with regard to materials, which is also something that Gudrun subscribes to. Adalsteinn Ingolfsson.

The Barren wasteland series. It was in the summer of 2019 that I traced my father’s footsteps to the old trails of the barren wasteland west of Vatnajökull glacier in Iceland. We drove up to the Jökulheima cabin buildt 1955 at the foot of the glacier. It shocked me to find out that the glacier had retracted about 10 km and we could just get a glimpse of it in the distance from the cabin. In this area of barren wasteland, I took photographs without realising at the time what I would use them for. Soon after the trip I started to work on my photos and merged them with my dad’s old images taken up to 70 years apart in the area and on the glacier. I wanted to express with collage the known facts, that forces of nature are unpredictable and nowhere are the opposites as great as in this barren wasteland. Where the white glacier's edge has retreated and wide areas of black sand and wasteland appear. The Mountain Series 2014 – 2018 of recycled materials influenced Gudrun by working in her Reykjavík studio on the site of one of Iceland’s leading providers of environmental management services and clean energy. “Slow but constant changes in the immediate surroundings made the work happen naturally”, Gudrun stated.

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Borrowed View 2013
The installation refers to the Japanese expression „borrowed landscape“. A technique where vistas extend beyond a structure, into the distance.
Gudrun Nielsen, Holz, Mixed Media
Borrowed View 231 2012
Edsvik Konsthall, Sollentuna, Sweden
Gudrun Nielsen, Holz, Kunststoff
Absent Belfry Shö-Rö 2011
Harold Martin Botanic Garden, Leicester
Gudrun Nielsen, Holz
Labyrinth, Leicester 2010
Harold Martin Botanic Garden, Leicester
Gudrun Nielsen, Holz, Installation
Skylight and Obi V 2009
Harold Martin Botanic Garden, Leicester
Gudrun Nielsen, Holz, Installation
Absent Core 2014
A reference to the way of Zen Buddhism, the temples inner world, the core. Installed in the center of Reykjavík on the 20th of June on a very wet day. In this monumental sculpture I reflect on the old Buddhist temple Daisen-in founded in 1509 in Kyoto, Japan. Its Zen gardens and its structural and functional traditions.
Gudrun Nielsen, Holz, Mixed Media
Labyrinth, London 2015
Labyrinth Prince´s Gardens, South Kensington London
Gudrun Nielsen, Holz, Installation
The Mountain Series 2014 - 2018
The Mountain Series of recycled materials influenced Gudrun by working in her Reykjavík studio on the site of one of Iceland’s leading providers of environmental management services and clean energy. “Slow but constant changes in the immediate surroundings made the work happen naturally”, Gudrun stated.
Gudrun Nielsen, Installation, Mixed Media
Wheel of progress 1992
Wheel of Progress the site specific sculpture by the Design Museum London. My first public sculpture.
Gudrun Nielsen, Holz, Mixed Media
Amigasamon 2007
Abbey House Gardens, Malmesbury, England.
Gudrun Nielsen, Holz, Naturstoffe
Changes 2010
Greenham Business Park, the former Royal Air Force World War Two airbase, Berkshire This is Changes by the Icelandic sculptor Gudrun Nielsen, a monumental piece that has just been unveiled at Greenham Common where US bombers used to land – you get the references just by looking at it. Since the Greenham Common women saw off the last of the Right Stuff in 1988 the trees have returned along with the birds and the rest of the flora and fauna, and the military buildings have either been demolished or converted by the Greenham Common Trust which now owns it. Nielsen won a competition along with the late Michael Kenny, but that was 12 years ago and while Kenny’s large geometric form, Broken Symmetry, was unveiled almost immediately by Ringo Starr (a Kenny fan and local resident), Gudrun’s was a little tardy in taking off, as it were............... 17.11.2010 / Simon Tait's Diary http://www.artsindustry.co.uk/features/simon-taits-diary/45
Gudrun Nielsen, Stahl, Beton
Travels 2000-2015, 2018
Part of the Mountain Series 2014-2018
Gudrun Nielsen, Papier, Installation
Obi 2019
Obi on show at The Icelandic Sculptors Society Winter Exhibition in their Sculpture Garden Reykjavik 7th February - spring.
Gudrun Nielsen, Mixed Media, Naturstoffe
Stuck in a glacier crack 1977 / Jökulheima barren wasteland, Iceland 2019
In the summer of 2019 Gudrun went on a journey with her father Ólafur, to the old trails of the Tungnaá barren wasteland and Jökulheimar, there Gudrun took photographs for her Barren wasteland series. In this exhibition they merge photographs taken up to 70 years apart. As the art historian Aldís Arnardóttir describes: “The forces of nature are unpredictable and nowhere are the opposites as great as in this barren wasteland. Where the white glacier's edge has retreated and wide areas of black sand and wasteland appear. Gudrun looks to the past, stories of the land and personal memories, which provides her with the basis for the work of collage where the present lies harshly over the land.
Gudrun Nielsen, Metall, Kunststoff
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