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Lab: The Lost Horse Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland



The Lost Horse gallery was opened on the 27th of august in 2007. The gallery began as an experiment in developing an exhibition space that would cater to local artists and their initiatives. It quickly became an active venue that Local and International artists utilized. The gallery started in a large 125 year old building in the reykjavik city center which had , 80 years earlier, been used as the local stable for lost horses, hence the name. In early 2008 Lost Horse went online and an archive of the artists exhibitions and gallery initiatives began. It was then that the gallery started to become more visible internationally. As Iceland was hit by the financial crisis in late 2008 the building changed ownership and was taken over by the banks, the gallery was forced to move in June 2009. At the same time in early 2009 the gallery started to build a stronger network of support through a couple different exhibition initiatives. Lost Horse Gallery began two projects, one with the U.S. Embassy in Reykjavik, exhibiting emerging American artists, and the other a co-sponsored collaboration grant with the Nordic House in Reykjavik and Kulture Kontact Norden, exhibiting a group of nordic artists at the Sequences Art festival in October 2009 . A successful series of exhibitions were produced thanks to support of these grants. As the financial crisis became more stifling in Iceland, local support for the gallery projects became much harder to attain and I decided to develop my own work and focus on various project initiatives, applications for residencies and exhibitions abroad. The financial tightening in Iceland forced my work to develop commercially and I was producing my own painting exhibitions at the Reykjavik Art Gallery from late 2009 through 2011.

The sales and clientele I was able to develop through these solo shows of my work developed funds for travel , networking and the reopening of Lost Horse Gallery in the summer of 2010. In the summer of 2010 Lost Horse Gallery transformed into its current incarnation as Lost Horse Ehf, An art production, fabrication and design company based in Reykjavik. At this time Lost Horse Gallery began working in the Remake Program as well as three other initiatives based in Cyprus , Ukraine and Poland. The summer of 2010 was spent traveling Ukraine and Poland trying to develop an Art exchange Project and researching for a possible radio program on contemporary Ukrainian Art for a start up Ukrainian Language radio station in New York. Ultimately the Radio station was put on hold and many applications for support went unanswered. It became increasingly hard to develop any support during 2010 and 2011 but with the little funds generated from art sales and small sponsorships I was able to exhibit my works and present the gallery projects in Ukraine at the Media Depot Festival in August 2010, at the Europes Culture Festival in Barcelona in October 2010 sponsored by the Ramon Llull Institute and Cyprislandia in Nicosia, Cyprus, in February 2011, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Education of Cyprus. These initiatives where mostly sponsored by the collaborating partners and would not have been possible without there support. There were many other opportunities that had to be let go due to a complete lack of local travel support for the artists in Iceland in the particularly dry and brittle economic environment. Companies and institutions simply were unable to fulfill any support requests.

Even though the financial difficulties persisted part of the Ukrainian initiative was completed in September with a Ukrainian Short Film Festival in Reykjavik produced by Lost Horse and Wiz-Art of Lviv, Ukraine. In October 2011 the second stage of Cyprislandia completed with Lost Horse Gallery and Stoa Aeschylou Arcade Gallery from Nicosia exhibiting contemporary emerging Cypriot Artists at the Reykjavik Art Gallery.

At the present time Lost Horse Ehf is developing an edition of sculptural print works to be published by years end. Two Exhibitions are in planning stages and collaborating partners have been established. A large commercial exhibition co-organized with the Reykjavik / London based Law Firm BBA Legal is to exhibit a group of Contemporary Icelandic Painters at the Eversheds Law Firm in London and continuing to a London based Gallery. The second Exhibition is in development with Cypriot partners Stoa Aeschylou Arcade. I am currently developing painting and sculpture works for a large solo Exhibition in the spring of 2013 at the Newport Art Museum in Rhode Island, USA. Dependent on the success of current application requests more projects may materialize.

Lost Horse started as an experiment in building an exhibition space, trying to develop a larger network of collaborators and to initiate international exchange projects and exhibitions. Ultimately the experiment was a success as it fostered an exposure of associated artists resulting in participation in various exhibitions and programs abroad. Lost Horse did run outside of its reykjavik local and developed some interesting experiences. The Future is uncertain for Lost Horse Gallery but there is the business side developing and a new gallery will be found in the near future. Where? Who Knows!

@ Skolastraeti 1b, August 2007 to June 2009.
@ Vitastigur 9a, off Laugurvegur. August 2009 to February 2010.
@ Hverfisgata 71, September 2010 to September 2011
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Lab: The Lost Horse Gallery, Reykjavik, Island 27-28


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