Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Hrafnkell Sigurdsson

Artist Hrafnkell Sigurdsson is represented by i8 Gallery in Reykjavik. His mission as stated by the gallery, "Hrafnkell Sigurdsson’s work examines the transitory elements in man’s relationship with nature and plays with ideas of reversal and ritual. His photographic series include images of empty tents in the snow, houses under construction, garbage bags in the streets, and most recently, portraits of trash."

It is this notion of the transitory elements in the relationship between man and nature that I am interested in. What we do with the earth, what we leave behind, how nature can destroy or take over what we built in the past, and even how these things effect us emotionally are some ideas that I have been trying to unearth in my thoughts and in some of my pieces.

I am working on an exhibition for my Curatorial Methods class and it deals with some of these notions of past and present, architecture vs. nature. Icelandic artists tend to deal with these issues quite often because I believe it is in Iceland where these things are happening, and where the natural landscape has effected culture for a very long time.

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