Shoplifter’s “Chromo Sapiens” will soon have a permanent home – SURFACE
The art world made a collective double take when Hrafnhildur ArnardÃ³ttir, the Icelandic artist also known as Shoplifter, made his debut Chromo Sapiens at the 2019 Venice Art Biennale. âDr. Seuss on LSD,â she replied in a neutral tone when we asked her to describe the monumental installation, best described as an immersive cave of extensions of neon synthetic hair. “Think of a hypernatural, multisensory environment that is also a colossal, cuddly puppet. Imagine being cuddled by a giant teddy bear,” Shoplifter told us when Chromo Sapiens made its debut. “I like to make art that brings people together.”
After a successful biennial, Chromo Sapiens has been on temporary display at the Reykjavik Art Museum, but will soon be permanently installed in HÃ¶fuÃ°stÃ¶Ã°in, an arts and cultural destination slated to open in the Icelandic capital in August. According to the Kickstarter, HÃ¶fuÃ°stÃ¶Ã°in will occupy a building near the lush ElliÃ°aÃ¡rdalur valley that once housed WWII barracks, but was later used as a potato nursery. Once renovated, the main attraction will likely be Chromo Sapiens, but Shoplifter envisions an arts and culture center complete with multi-purpose spaces that will host events such as workshops, concerts and conferences. Much of its interior design, including a main living room, will be made from locally recycled plastic from Plastplan, a local plastic recycling company.
HÃ¶fuÃ°stÃ¶Ã°in will become a community bond that will offer rejuvenating experiences for mind, body and soul. Shoplifter describes it as âan oasis, where you can enjoy culture and coffee surrounded by nature. It is a meeting place before or after an outing in the labyrinth of paths through the forest and the banks of the ElliÃ°Ã¡rdalur valley. To support this venture, none other than Icelandic singer BjÃ¶rk, a longtime collaborator who commissioned Shoplifter to create the distinctive hair sculpture that adorned the cover of her 2004 album MedÃºlla, as well as styles from her recent Cornucopia tour. . The two are planning a fundraiser at the space later this summer.