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Gabríela Fridriksdóttir

Galerie Bob van Orsouw

Images reveal something and show themselves, and therein lies their power. Gabríela Fridriksdóttir’s extraordinary iconographies, developed in drawings, paintings, sculptures, and, most succinctly, in technically impeccable films, draw upon a complex network of sign systems found in various cultures’ myths and sagas. But the Icelandic artist narrates her films, in which no words are spoken, through the immensely beguiling power of images alone. The fifteen-minute video Ouroboros, 2007, was the heart of her recent exhibition, shown inside a large wooden cube erected in the middle of the gallery space. The pervasive smell of the untreated wood filled the gallery, markedly intensifying the experience of the work.

Ouroboros, like many of Fridriksdóttir’s pieces, is worked through with numerological references. The number seven, together with the ancient symbol of the ouroboros, the serpent

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