François Lelong in Iceland

Iceland’s Skriðuklaustur cultural and historic centre (the former home of renowned Icelandic author Gunnar Gunnarsson, with a remit to offer residencies to artists) includes Gallery Klaustur for exhibiting artwork. French artist François Lelong – known for making sculpture and site-specific installations from materials extracted from the landscape – will be exhibiting in what is usually the main permanent exhibit room of the centre this April, 2019. Many will already be aware of Lelong for his striking work with the remains of animals and plants that are closely linked in their biotope and ‘interwoven’ or ‘hybridized’ by the artist to take on new forms.

François Lelong , site-specific work (Reindeer antlers, oak, beech, cement, vegetal fibres, resins, organic material) - 2.4 m high, 2018. © 2019 François Lelong

François Lelong, site-specific work (Reindeer antlers, oak, beech, cement, vegetal fibres, resins, organic material) - 2.4 m high, 2018. © 2019 François Lelong

As Lelong has told ART NORTH, “In northern Iceland reindeer have disappeared, but in the east, where my exhibition will be staged in April, the animal is still much in evidence. My work there will be very much a work in progress as, during my residency, I will be working with Icelandic reindeer specialists, Unnur Birna Karlsdóttir, a historian, and Skarphéðinn Guðmundur Þórisson, a zoologist. I’ll be there to work on the residency, but I will also be bringing my art works down from Husavik Museum in the north for the exhibition.” Husavik Museum is celebrated for its collaboration between artists and writers whose curatorial displays have won national awards.