Hreinn Friðfinnsson with Kristinn E. Hrafnsson
A Portrait of a Sculptor as a Sculpture, with a Sculpture by the Sculptor
Opening Saturday 5th of April at 3-5 PM
i8 is pleased to announce an exhibition of new works by Hreinn Fridfinnson with Kristinn E. Hrafnsson.
The exhibition centres on Fridfinnsson’s A Portrait of a Sculptor as a Sculpture, 2014 – a group of five videos. Each part portrays the sculptor Kristinn E. Hrafnsson, who is Fridfinnsson’s friend of many years, performing simple, everyday actions in various public and private places throughout the city of Reykjavik. In this series of vignettes, displayed on screens around the gallery, the Sculptor is seen bouncing on a trampoline, swinging on a playground swing, ice-skating, crocheting, and hula hooping.
Featuring alongside this work is Hrafnsson’s sculpture, Spinning Top, 2014, a trophy-like piece in brass. Also on display is a short video, Set to Spin, showing a model of the object in action; as the spinning top reaches a certain speed, its profile reveals an eerie sculptural likeness of Fridfinnsson. This unique portrait pays homage to the older artist, but does so with a wink and a nod, for the younger artist’s spin top embodies many of the older artists explorations.
In Fridfinsson’s five videos, the sculptor’s statuesque quality transforms him into a sculpture, as if through Ovidian metamorphoses, he – the sculptor as sculpture – performs various circular movements, his body drawing, forming, and creating circles through different processes. It exposes the invisible force of gravity as he bounces on a trampoline or acts as a pendulum’s plumb on a swing. Both weight and mass are at work here, taking into account the force of inertia, or action and re-action.
Circular patterns – be they in the crocheting of a hat, the path of the ice skater, the rhythmical motion of the hula-hooper and his hoop, or the reading of the weather forecast from stations around the coast of Iceland – are put in context with larger ellipses and phenomena. These patterns, however, share in the greater phenomena laws like the angular momentum, or kinetic energy, also made evident in the ebb and flow of the sea and the setting sun as proof of Earth’s rotation. Hence, one and the same law goes for all things whether we consider spinning tops on Earth or planets and comets in space.
Fridfinnsson has conceived this new work not only as the portrait of a sculptor as the symbol of sculpture, but also as an instructional piece outlining all the precepts of the medium. Sculpture may be the very image of stability – something monumental, solid and still – yet it relies on circular movements and gravitational pull and balance. In rendering visible a body moving in so many different ways in relation to the Earth’s own forces, Fridfinnsson alludes to the powers we are governed by, in his usual poetic way, and by doing so considers time, metaphysics as well as the duality of all things.
Time and Time and Again at The Living Art Museum in Reykjavík
is a film about time and art, based on the life and work of Hreinn Fridfinnsson (b. 1943). Merging reality with fiction the film revisits selected works by Fridfinnsson and uses them as inspiration for a narrative. It tells the story of a pair of twins who were separated at birth, one was brought up in the mountains of Iceland and the other below sea level in Amsterdam. The different force of gravity has made them age differently. Equally occupied with exploring the nature of time, the twins are in fact one and the same person, Hreinn Fridfinnsson, in present and past. Co-directed by Ragnheiður Gestsdóttir and Markús Þór Andrésson.
Opening Saturady 5th of April at 5 PM
An exhibition of new and older works by Fridfinnsson at The Living Art Museum curated by the film’s directors. The show runs until June 5th 2014.
For further information please contact Audur Jörundsdóttir at +354 551 3666 or firstname.lastname@example.org