Gerald Peters Gallery Contemporary

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Janda Wetherington
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I create collages and assemblage-based works that introduce questions rather than offer solutions. I am interested in mankind’s clash with nature, however subtle or absurd, and its unpredictable consequences, examining how animal species adapt to changing habitats and endure the effects of urbanization and climate change. I seek the awkwardness within those situations and their coincidental narratives formed by the viewer’s cultural identities.
My interest in recent years has also become more anecdotal, like specific changes in animal behaviors or species’ extinction due to climate change. I am intrigued by how animals mimic human behavior enduring minor to catastrophic changes in their surroundings and co-existing with them.

Everything from Monkey burglary gangs stealing food from private homes in the suburbs of cities in South Africa, caused by habitat loss, to Manatees eating lawn grass in flooded backyards in Florida, caused by climate change. Through such examples of unpredictable consequences, what do we know and think about the so-called laws of nature and species adaptation?
Born in Reykjavík, Iceland, in 1975, Heimir Björgúlfsson lives and works in Los Angeles, California, USA. He received his MFA from the Sandberg Institute in 2003; and his BFA from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in 2001, both in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. In 1998 he graduated from the Sonology program at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, The Netherlands. His work has been exhibited widely in Europe and the United States in solo and group exhibitions. In 2012 he was nominated for the Carnegie Art Award in Stockholm, Sweden, and in 2006 he was nominated for De Volkskrant Visual Art Prize in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.