Una Björg Magnúsdóttir, Treacherous silver sheen, ASÍ Art Museum (Súðavík Community Hall), exhibition view. Photography: Vigfús Birgisson
Una Björg Magnúsdóttir is an artist based in Reykjavík whose interdisciplinary practice takes on the form of installation, sculpture and images. Una plays a variety of tricks in her work to raise questions about beauty, values, and our existence, behaviour, and demeanour. To this end, she uses texture and value-laden materials in a subtle but spare way. Through precise arrangements of unassuming objects, the works create a certain façade in which the circumstances seem simple and unsuspicious. Yet the works take on a tacit deceptiveness and teeter on elusive dividing lines between the real and the imitative to summon the viewer’s keen attention.
Una Björg (b. 1990) studied visual art at Iceland University of the Arts and pursued graduate studies at ÉCAL in Switzerland, graduating from there in 2018. Her work has been shown at the Reykjavik Art Museum, the Kópavogur Art Museum, Y Gallery, KEIV in Athens, GES-2 in Moscow, the North Atlantic House in Copenhagen, and other venues.