Fridfinnsson and Gudmundsson in the Bienal de São Paulo
Hreinn Fridfinnsson and Sigurdur Gudmundsson participate in the Bienal de São Paulo. Since its first edition in 1951, the São Paulo Bienal has sought to examine contemporary cultural production from the vantage point of Brazil and its place within the international context. However, unlike other large-scale exhibitions held in cities with relatively small populations, it takes place in one of the largest metropolises in the world, in a country where access to art and the transformative power it wields is still severely limited.
The 30th Bienal de São Paulo, The Imminence of Poetics, is curated by Luis Pérez-Oramas with André Severo and Tobi Maier (associate curators), and Isabella Villanueva (curatorial assistant). It will be on view from September 7th through December 9th, 2012.
Hreinn Fridfinnsson’s (b. 1943) work is a poetic and philosophical exploration of every day human experience. Transcending the mundane materials of which they are made, his simple, almost ethereal pieces paradoxically evoke the strongest of emotions.
Sigurdur Gudmundsson’s (b. 1942) idiosyncratic work is difficult to separate from the energetic and witty artist himself. His art has been based on a non-hierarchical flow between photoworks, sculptures, performances and ´visual poems´. Gudmundson´s photoworks construct a certain poetic and philosophical vision and depict human existence in a humorous and pointed way as part of nature.
Hreinn Fridfinnsson, Attending, 1973
Image above Sigurður Guðmundsson, Study for Horizon, 1975