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Kathy Clark  "Dragsúgur"

Kathy Clark "Dragsúgur"

Dragsúgur

( Icelandic for the cold coming in from the window)

He becomes the window gallery´s alter ego and transforms into a mobile gallery to take his own journey to have a human experience.

Dragsúgur, the window gallery that began to wander.

As an embodiment of Wind and Weather Window Gallery, Dragsúgur (the Icelandic name for the wind that comes in from a window) will travel amongst different locations in Reykjavik during the Reykjavik Arts Festival 2018. The window is actually taking its journey home, meaning, home doesn’t always have to be where your origins are but can be a place you find after a long journey. On Dragsúgur’s journey, he comes across a variety of characters that take part in the story of his journey home.

Like the building that houses the window gallery, which was built in 1913, Dragsúgur shares memories with the building. They share the same origins from a time when Iceland was a vastly different place than it is now. He has been transformed through his longing to experience walking in human form into a mobile gallery. Dragsúgur, in his travels, holds a space for artists to perform and place installations, and in this way, he comes to understand even more the embodied experience of human consciousness.

The window as a man as well as a window into man.

If a human is to embody a house, he/she must walk with it and feel as the house would feel flesh. How can a structure not fall in love with the landscape in which it rests and long to see what the slants of pavements and rolling coasts feel like underfoot? One hundred years is a long time to be stationary, gazing, calculating, and musing on the surroundings as Dragsúgur did before he became Dragsúgur:


“I have returned to my first love, the landscape, this vast and eternal space that tells me on the wind that I am understood even without my container as I spill out into a body – complete unconditional acceptance, containing me in my growing without architecture. Now I am learning to walk in the land I fell in love with from my stationary position for almost one hundred years. I have been gazing - before the camera, before the poetry, before the painting, before the vase, before the songs, before the film – landscape carried me even then in my arriving and departing. This landscape is the cityscape in the way that everything that was before will come again – the ghosts of culture rest in landscape. Now, in the early years of this century, the landscape is a ruin and a precipice, a construction and a screen.”

Can a nomadic window traveling home find home wherever it rests? Always changing with each experience, the window is not a fixed base, but an embodiment of home. As the window itself looks out, the viewer in turn gazes in. The window then comes to be an embodiment of the viewer as well.

Text written by Erin Honeycutt. Photo by Sveinni Speight, Sculpture/ photograph by in window by Claudia Hausfeld.

Exhibiting inside, The Espresso Bar, an installation and performance piece by Egill Sæbjörnsson and Ívar Glói.

Second exhibition, The Night Station, an installation by Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson and Agata Mickiewicz.

Exact replica of the window gallery made of wood, glass and paint.

Kathy Clark

Kathy Clark

Dragsúgur.


”My name is Dragsúgur, or, as it is known in the language spoken here, the wind that comes in under the windowsill. I am a window gallery found on Hverfisgata and have been part of the architecture there for one hundred years. Now, by some unknown force to me, I will take a walk and discover this city through its artists. Long have I contemplated what goes on outside my window, for it is my window to the world.”



Kathy Clark

Kathy Clark

Dragsúgur

Moving on to the next destination with the aid of Þórir and his lift.

Kathy Clark

Kathy Clark

Dragsúgur

Touches gently down at Austurvöllur, the park at the Parliament House, in Reykjavík. Here he will take part with the art installation and performance piece, The Espresso Bar, Egill Sæbjörnsson and Ívar Glói.

Kathy Clark "Dragsúgur"

Dragsúgur

( Icelandic for the cold coming in from the window)

He becomes the window gallery´s alter ego and transforms into a mobile gallery to take his own journey to have a human experience.

Dragsúgur, the window gallery that began to wander.

As an embodiment of Wind and Weather Window Gallery, Dragsúgur (the Icelandic name for the wind that comes in from a window) will travel amongst different locations in Reykjavik during the Reykjavik Arts Festival 2018. The window is actually taking its journey home, meaning, home doesn’t always have to be where your origins are but can be a place you find after a long journey. On Dragsúgur’s journey, he comes across a variety of characters that take part in the story of his journey home.

Like the building that houses the window gallery, which was built in 1913, Dragsúgur shares memories with the building. They share the same origins from a time when Iceland was a vastly different place than it is now. He has been transformed through his longing to experience walking in human form into a mobile gallery. Dragsúgur, in his travels, holds a space for artists to perform and place installations, and in this way, he comes to understand even more the embodied experience of human consciousness.

The window as a man as well as a window into man.

If a human is to embody a house, he/she must walk with it and feel as the house would feel flesh. How can a structure not fall in love with the landscape in which it rests and long to see what the slants of pavements and rolling coasts feel like underfoot? One hundred years is a long time to be stationary, gazing, calculating, and musing on the surroundings as Dragsúgur did before he became Dragsúgur:


“I have returned to my first love, the landscape, this vast and eternal space that tells me on the wind that I am understood even without my container as I spill out into a body – complete unconditional acceptance, containing me in my growing without architecture. Now I am learning to walk in the land I fell in love with from my stationary position for almost one hundred years. I have been gazing - before the camera, before the poetry, before the painting, before the vase, before the songs, before the film – landscape carried me even then in my arriving and departing. This landscape is the cityscape in the way that everything that was before will come again – the ghosts of culture rest in landscape. Now, in the early years of this century, the landscape is a ruin and a precipice, a construction and a screen.”

Can a nomadic window traveling home find home wherever it rests? Always changing with each experience, the window is not a fixed base, but an embodiment of home. As the window itself looks out, the viewer in turn gazes in. The window then comes to be an embodiment of the viewer as well.

Text written by Erin Honeycutt. Photo by Sveinni Speight, Sculpture/ photograph by in window by Claudia Hausfeld.

Exhibiting inside, The Espresso Bar, an installation and performance piece by Egill Sæbjörnsson and Ívar Glói.

Second exhibition, The Night Station, an installation by Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson and Agata Mickiewicz.

Exact replica of the window gallery made of wood, glass and paint.

Kathy Clark

Dragsúgur.


”My name is Dragsúgur, or, as it is known in the language spoken here, the wind that comes in under the windowsill. I am a window gallery found on Hverfisgata and have been part of the architecture there for one hundred years. Now, by some unknown force to me, I will take a walk and discover this city through its artists. Long have I contemplated what goes on outside my window, for it is my window to the world.”



Kathy Clark

Dragsúgur

Moving on to the next destination with the aid of Þórir and his lift.

Kathy Clark

Dragsúgur

Touches gently down at Austurvöllur, the park at the Parliament House, in Reykjavík. Here he will take part with the art installation and performance piece, The Espresso Bar, Egill Sæbjörnsson and Ívar Glói.

Kathy Clark  "Dragsúgur"
Kathy Clark
Kathy Clark
Kathy Clark