Finnbogi Pétursson | Tonspur, Kunstwerein, Vienna
BORDER 2017 – 8-channel sound work, 7-part series of images
Artistic director Georg Weckwerth
Special thanks to Q21/MQ Wien
February 20th – May 27th 2017
A border between different cultural worlds, mornings and nights, clouds, palms and Cubans, thoughts, lakes and lovers, brains and vacuum, elbows, fighting, refugees, U.S. and A, untold stories, countries, plants and cells, Syrians, bricks and ignorance, colours, humble rhythms, the tide, religions, barbed wire and freedom, gates, boats, hamburgers, mental health and madness, numbers, fruit, cords and diamonds, dreams, funerals, dealers and football, exhalation, equality, truth, insurance, life or death, volcanoes, humour, money, weeds, black and white, bricks, pigs, Muslims and Christians, kisses, torture, transsexuals and politicians, animals, fights, walls, zombies, dictators and the rest of the world.
Finnbogi Pétursson (b. 1959) studied at the Icelandic College of Art and Crafts and the Jan van Eyck Akademie. His innovative and eccentric oeuvre hinges upon the conceptual treatment and integration of sound, space, and material. Since he began exhibiting in 1980, Finnbogi’s work often uses implements that produce electronic or acoustic sound—loudspeakers, wires, and instruments—to form sculptures themselves. Many of his installations bridge contemporary technology and elemental phenomena; his work also evokes experiences that cannot be attributed to visual or aural perception but rather a combination, or perhaps transcendence, of the senses. Finnbogi represented Iceland at the Venice Biennale in 2001 with his monumental sound installation Diabolus.