An exhibition featuring the work of Swedish artist Carl Boutard opened at the Living Art Museum (Nýlistasafnid/Nýló) in Reykjavík yesterday, where Boutard shows a series of sculptures placed in an installation created specifically for the exhibition space.
The sculptures can appear to be abstract but are strongly related to nature, science and language. They are made of small objects and parts of plants gathered from his day-to-day environment, which are then cast in bronze, a press release describes.
Each sculpture is a three-dimensional collage consisting of individual bronze casts or plain wood that has been joined or welded together to form a sentence or a narrative, much like an author would construct his or her work by mounting words together.
Boutard’s work often combines process-based installations with the display of conventional art objects made with eccentric methods.
His artistic practice has been shaped by a constant longing for the outdoors. It is presented in variable forms of installations with drawings, sculpture, video, text and performance, his background as a student of architecture being tangible in his installments.
The Living Art Museum is located on Skúlagata 28. The exhibition runs through July 3.