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Kristján Gudmundsson Exhibit in i8 Gallery in Reykjavík

A new exhibition by Carnegie Art Award-winning Iceland artist Kristján Gudmundsson (b. 1941) opened in the i8 Gallery on Tryggvagata 16 in Reykjavík on Thursday.


“Gudmundsson’s body of work seeks to lay bare the essence of art and the fundamental properties of its language,” a press release describes.

Throughout his career, Gudmundsson has taken the most basic mechanical and material elements of drawing to their limits and in the process has challenged our underlying assumptions about what a drawing actually is. In the same manner, he has dealt with the fundamental principles of painting.

This particular exploration is made manifest in the “Black and White Paintings in Grey and White Frames” for which he won the 2010 Carnegie Art Award.

These “sound absorbing paintings” consist of black and white monochrome canvases inside custom-made perforated metal frames, (a material usually reserved for muting sound in rooms).

In “Security Picture”, a sheet of wired glass currently on display, Gudmundsson continues to use industrial and architectural materials in an economic yet elaborate way.

At the same time, he alludes to building materials with historic value. For example, the only sculpture in the exhibition, “Kvíahnaus”, is based on one of the four basic building units of turf used in the old Icelandic turf cottages.

The exhibition runs through July 23.

For further information, visit the gallery’s website.

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