Margrét H. Blöndal

Galleria Alessandra Bonomo

A work of art can bring itself to the attention of the viewer through intense color, large scale, or an assertive expressiveness of meaning. But it can also choose to play on different terrain, where allusion replaces explicit declaration, a discreet and almost modest aspect replaces magniloquence, and suspension and expectation replace direct affirmation. The works of Icelandic artist Margrét H. Blöndal are of this latter type. Her drawings, twenty-one of which are included in her current show at Galleria Alessandra Bonomo, derive from a working process that starts with snapshots of everyday things and situations (flowers, animals, the artist’s uncle butchering whale meat). She will often home in on a detail that is marginal in the original photograph, but this detail will somehow activate the filter of memory. Sometimes Blöndal applies olive oil to her paper, which not only causes a halo

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