In Edda (2013), the viewer is confronted with the hypnotic movement of tarp material. Rhythm, flow, and repetition produce a sensory experience, which plays upon the uncertainty of scale and context. Set within Gryfjan at Ásmundarsalur, the large projection fills the entire wall within the narrow space, which places the viewer close to the image. A deep, distant sound produces a tangible, almost physical experience of sound and image.
Sigurður Guðjónsson (b. 1975) is known for his magnificent video works where image, sound and space form an unbroken whole. He focuses particularly on the function of a variety of technical equipment, where the viewer is lured into a world of soothing repetition, rhythm and order, and the boundaries of the human and the mechanical become blurred. Sigurður Guðjónsson represented Iceland at 59th International Venice Biennale 2022 with his installation Perpetual Motion. He was awarded the Icelandic Art Prize for Visual Artist of the Year in 2018 for his exhibition Inlight. His work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the world, in such institutions as the National Gallery of Iceland (IS), Reykjavik Art Museum (IS), Scandinavia House (US), Frankfurter Kunstverein (DE), Arario Gallery (CN), Liverpool Biennial (UK) and Hamburger Bahnhof (DE). He often collaborates with musical composers, resulting in intricate works that allow the visual compositions to enchantingly merge with the musical ones in a single rhythmic and tonal whole.
Artist: Sigurður Guðjónsson