Delighting in the phenomena of the “onlooker”, “voyeur”, or “observer”, Icelandic sculptor Hulda Hákon presents her works with a noticeable brevity, a lightness that prevents outright discomfort with the sensation of hundreds of pairs of eyes gazing out onto their audience. Lifting from flat surfaces into three-dimensional space, Hákon’s carved and molded heads of humans, geese and forms emulating both earthly and alien plant life congregate in masses to mimic the action of those passing by works of art; in hordes, in hundreds, patrons of the arts congeal daily to witness the beauty and lyricism of visual art. Hákon repeats this process via aesthetic means, with the gaze returned as forcefully as its given when considering fine art.
Hulda Hákon was born in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1956. She pursued her education at the Icelandic College of Arts and Crafts and the School of Visual Arts in New York. Solo exhibitions include Gallery i8 (Reykjavik), Galleri Adelgatan 5 (Malmö, Sweden), Galerie OZWEI (Berlin), the Chinese European Art Center (Xianmen, China) and the 13th Hour Gallery (New York). Selected group exhibitions include works shown at the National Museum of Iceland (Reykjavik), the Kunsthalle Wien (Vienna), the Barbican (London) and the Alma Lov Museum (Sweden). Hákon’s work is held in the permanent collections of the National Art Gallery of Iceland, the Reykjavik Municipal Art Collection, the Malmö Museum and the City of Vantaa, Finland. Hákon lives and works between Reykjavik, The Westman Islands and Xianmen, China.