Röðull Reyr Kárason: Museum of Ennui at ShoeBoxProjects

from series Sloj, by Röðull Reyr Kárason 2018

32        Röðull Reyr Kárason instagram: @rollipu


All the photos are taken in area of my hometown, Húsavík and most of them are shot on my daily trip to my former workplace at the Húsavík Airport. The photos are really a snapshot, taken by mobile phone and then transported through instagram where I alter them with the “effect” available in Instagram and I publish them on Instagram. Some might say that the I break all the rules “in the book”.  The whole process takes few minutes.  I guess there is no surprise that nature, light and weather conditions are something that influence these photos considering that I live in Iceland where everyday ever changing weather conditions change the mood of  the light, therefore the nature. These photos are moments, shot in the moment when I glimpse something. Something that is changing.  (There is no exact word in Icelandic that represent the word “ennui” – and the word “sloj” means more and less – feeling sick / not feeling ok – but are also used when someone doesn’t want to admit how sick he is or he is not feeling ok, like suffering from hangover after hard drinking nights. Also someone would say he or she is not up for it.) 

Series of six prints from Sloj by Röðull Reyr Kárason in Museum of Ennui 2018

Born 1978 and raised in Húsavík, small village in northeast Iceland. Lived in Reykjavík, Iceland for ten years and last eight years in my hometown, father of two boys and married. Work as Local Service Representative in the municipality of Norðurþing, Húsavík.  Iceland Academy of Arts- BA Fine Art 2001 – 2004  Iceland Academy of Arts- BA  Architecture 2007 – 2010

Ryan Hill: Museum of Ennui at ShoeBoxProjects


31               Ryan Hill

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Ryan Hill received a B.A. from UC Santa Cruz, an M.A. in film history and theory from UCLA, and an M.F.A in studio art from California Institute of the Arts. His early projects were interdisciplinary, site-specific installations and collaborative performances in nonprofit, academic, and museum venues. His recent works on paper and drawing installations are represented by Civilian Art Projects in Washington, DC. His video projections have been shown abroad as part of art and music events.

Essay on Ryan’s work by Pablo Helguera can be found on the Civilian Art Projects website: civilianartprojects.com/exhibitions/mustgo/essay.html

“Empty Privilege” (Image description: display window couple, display window woman, and tiny vanity mirror)

“I had a hunger for things I knew realistically I didn’t actually care for.”

– Tama Janowitz

“But real adults – people who are masters of their own lives – are in fact nowhere to be found. And the youthful transformation of what exists is in no way characteristic of those who are now young: it is present solely in the economic system, in the dynamism of capitalism. It is things that rule and that are young, vying with each other and constantly replacing each other.” 

– Guy Debord, Society of the Spectacle

“All it comes down to is this: I feel like shit, but look great.”

– Brett Easton Ellis