My work is about man's releationship with his surroundings and nature. How we as humans conquer, co-exist, and/or bow under nature and our surroundings, raising the questions there within. How far we will go in order to succeed without realising failure. How nature and man reacts under those certain self created conditions, in contrast to or along with his ideology, culture and personality. Much like the unpredictable behaviour created by a situation which enforces you to behave differently than you otherwise would. I am not after any solution, but the questions that are raised.
I seek out different working methods through a variety of mediums to create works that challenge one another as well as benefit from each other. My artistic development thrives on the challenge to bring together different works to form a whole as an installation. This process is partly encouraged by my Icelandic background and how it clashes, and has clashed with the surroundings I currently, as well as previously have lived in. To emphasise this, nature is in many ways unaltered by man where I grew up and then moving to study in The Netherlands, where practically every square foot is man-made or altered, has really shaped my artistic direction.
Artist Bio / CV
Born 1975 in Reykjavík, Iceland. Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
Education: 2001-03 MFA, Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam, NL.
1998-01 Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam, NL.
1997-98 Sonology, Royal Conservatory, Den Haag, NL
Selected solo exhibitions:
2009:'STORIES OF EVENTS or Arctic Tropic Trash Soundtracks' CTRL Gallery, Houston, TX. (cat.)
2008:'Silver is to speak' gallerí BOX, Akureyri, IS.
2007:'allure gone buffalo' d.e.n. contemporary art, Culver City, CA.'ARRAY; habits harmful of great' CTRL Gallery, Houston, TX.
2006:'bird shark felt of feather' ZINGERpresents, Tilburg, NL.'Rhythms Perfect & Peculiar Melodies' De Branderij, Antwerp, BE.
2005:'Alca torda vs. rest' Kling & Bang Gallerí, Reykjavík, IS.
2004:'All birds shiver' W139, Amsterdam, NL.'Disco Musical Stories' Buro Leeuwarden - Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, NL.
2003:'Gott er allt sem vel endar (sheep in disguise)' The Living Art Museum, Reykjavík, IS. 'West of Eden' Playstation, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL.
Selected group exhibitions:
2009:'Summertime 09' Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, OH. 2008:'Sculpture Part I & II' Western Project, Culver City, CA. 'Six from LA' Seiler + Mosseri-Marlio Galerie, Zurich, SW.
2007: 'Bird Watching' De Vishal, Haarlem, NL. 'Those Quaint moments of Distress' Montanaberlin, Berlin, DE. 'Range' d.e.n. contemporary art, Culver City, CA.
2006:'Aus dem Norden' Lothringer 13, Munich, Germany.'De Volkskrant Beeldende Kunst Prijs' Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag, NL
2005:'Nordlicht - Myth and Melancholy' Cologne Artspace Temporary, Cologne, DE. 'The stars are so big…' Manuela Klerkx, Milan, IT. 2004:'Rare Birds' STORE, London, UK.'Present Tense' Playstation, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL. 'The stars are so big…' Schipper & Krome, Berlin, DE.'A Temp. Monument for McComb' STUK, Leuven, BE.'Sons & Dottirs' TENT.CBK, Rotterdam, NL.