Item description for Gabriela Fridriksdottir by Heike Munder Gabriela Fridriksdottir...
The drawings, sculptures, music experiments and videos of the Icelandic artist Gabriela Fridriksdottir create a surreal microcosm peopled by hybrid and sexually charged creatures that can be read as metaphors for melancholy and excess. Herein, you will find fanciful narrative structure, Norse myth, scientific curiosity, joy and experimentation. Designed by M/M, Paris.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.3" Width: 7.8" Height: 0.6" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2008
Publisher JRP Ringier
ISBN 3905770512 ISBN13 9783905770513
Reviews - What do customers think about Gabriela Fridriksdottir?
Fascinating, thought-provoking & innovative artwork. Aug 1, 2008
Like anything designed by M/M Paris, the packaging itself is almost as wonderful as the art it contains. This is a hardcover book. It is black with gold outlining. It comes covered in a soft pink (as depicted here) dustcover that is almost like canvas. The first thirty pages are white and have a somewhat rough feeling; they feel more natural and textured than most other papers. These pages are used to exhibit the line and ink work of renowned Icelandic artist, Gabriela Fridriksdottir. It is a great way to begin her set and I must say that these are my favorite out of all her works in other mediums. They are black and white, cartoonish ink doodles with impish characters and mischeivous personalities. The titles really make you think about their deeper meaning. (How does this represent the word "existentialism?") These works are the kind that most Bjork fans would be most acquainted with, because some of them were included in the packaging and booklet of the singer's 2002 Greatest Hits. The next set of pages are printed on very glossy white paper, which contrasts with the previous pages to divide her different styles, to seperate between 2D and 3D. These pages represent Gabriela's work in sculpture, photography and stills from her film (including Bjork's video for "Where Is the Line," which is part of the Tetralogia series). Fridriksdottir is definitely a master of many trades! Some of these pieces are funny, some confusing, and some are--to me--a bit disturbing. But one thing that can describe them all is interesting and each definitely pushes you to think. The last third of the book is composed of paper-bag-brown, thin pages with text. Raphael Gygax and Jonas Sen add their two cents by providing their interpretations and thoughts concerning Gabriela's work. They both offer some very interesting and deep insights which I would have never caught on to. Also included are several anectdotes by Sibylle Berg. I really do not understand their purpose or why they are included/belong here, but they're entertaining and tongue-in-cheek. These three said features are available here in three languages: English, Icelandic, and German. On the last few pages is Gabriela's list of works and exhibitions in chronological order. Overall, this is an excellent collection of modern conceptual art by Gabriela. It could definitely serve as a "coffee table" type of book that could spark much conversation. I personally just bought it for my own enjoyment and interest in this wonderful artist. The only problem I have is that I wish it had even more of her artwork, because I know that she has many more pieces. Otherwise, this is perfect and a great purchase, especially for the bargain offered here.