Thursday, 30 June 2011
Well it's farewell to Iceland today. As I sit here with my bags packed in sunny Reykjavik town (14 degrees, heatwave!) waiting for Kristjana to come give us a lift to the BSI buss station my thoughts turn to London and new opportunities.
See you in the pub kids!
Wednesday, 29 June 2011
Monday, 27 June 2011
Wednesday, 22 June 2011
Just back from a stay over in Hofn, the Icelandic capital of lobsters (although their little Lobster Parliament was closed that day)
We spent part of the summer solstice looking at Icebergs breaking off from the Vatnajokull glacier and floating into the sea.
Fun Fact: Vatnajokull is so big it covers 13% of Iceland
Monday, 20 June 2011
I am having a very tiny solo show at the SIM exhibition space in downtown Reykjavik on the 28th June. I am inviting Icelandic artists to come and talk about what they do, here's the invite:
Invite to Reykjavik Artists
By Paul Stanley
I am an artist from London currently on a one-month residency with SIM here in Reykjavik. As part of my current project I am offering to sit down and listen to artists tell me about their practices here in Iceland. As an artist, writer and curator I believe that art is about discourse, an attempt to find what is common as humans in our separate existences.
By listening to other artists, discussing the links and shared ground in our different practices I hope to give something back to the art world. In a capitalist society where we are encouraged to consume more and more, where consumption is the only means of expressing identity and humanity then an act of generosity is arguably one of the most subversive acts.
I have been using my old 'analogue' camera as my digital camera died on me a while ago. The camera already had a film in it, half used, from before I moved down to London. There were twelve pictures already taken, some of old friends, one of my ex Lisa and a couple from a performance I did just before I split up with Lisa. There were also these three photos of a pizza. Why I took three photos of what looks like the dullest pizza ever I have no idea but here they are.
Sunday, 19 June 2011
Thursday, 16 June 2011
It is hard to get across in these photos just how red the light was at 'nightfall' that night. These were taken while walking around Grundarfjorour where we stayed the night while touring the Snaefellsness peninsular.
Again, the photos were badly processed, washing out a lot of the red light and not properly lining up the photos. Anyone know anywhere in London I can get this fixed?
So as you can see the photo lab in Reykjavik I used didn't exactly do a great job with my pics. Not only is the colour all washed out but their are numerous mistakes in the basic lining up of the photos throughout all three films. I have been told that many Icelanders send their films to a lab in New York to be processed. Sadly I was only told this afterwards. Grrr
Still I like the composition of this image. I have taken quite a few images of my fellow artists recording and documenting our travels. I am thinking this might be an interesting line of investigation.
In this photo (from left to right) Shona MacPherson, Elisa Vendramin, Clemens Wilhelm, Jessica Frelinghuysen and Lauren Camarata
Wednesday, 15 June 2011
Fun fact - there are no MacDonalds in Iceland after all three restaurants shut down during the crash.
Saturday, 11 June 2011
Just a quick mobile phone pic I took on the flight over. My iphone has been refusing to talk with my new MacBook Pro so I am having trouble uploading photos. I am thinking of using this image for one of my prints-from-mobile-phone-pics. I need to come up with a better title first!
There will be pictures from my recent trip to Snaefellsness soon.
Saturday, 4 June 2011
Wednesday, 1 June 2011
I'm here, I arrived in Reykjavik just a few hours ago and now I am sat in the residency flat listening to spotify and eating coco pops. This is how we internationally renowned artist like to hang!
The flight over was amazing, and I'll tell you more about that after a good nights sleep, but like an idiot I packed away all the sketchbooks/journals/notebooks that I had bought for the express reason of recording the residency experience in my suitcase. I had to scribble down a few tired notes during the bus ride into Reykjavik from the airport so I wouldn't forget any of my 'profound' thoughts (bet you can't wait!)
But I'll post about them later. Tomorrow is a national holiday in Iceland and for the first time since I left full time employment last year I am going to feel like I really earned this morning in bed.
Bless, bless as we say here in Reykjavik!