Performance by Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson
Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson: Performance The Red Eyed Artist Assistant
A lyrical storytelling performance by Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson about the experience of working as an artist’s assistant for Hreinn Friðfinnsson.
Specifically envisioned for the exhibition at Rozenstraat- a rose is a rose is a rose.
Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson (b.1984 Reykjavik, Iceland) is a storyteller, a performer, a dancer, an object maker, an illustrator. He has a love for the absurd, by which is meant less an obsessive passion for the ridiculous, nonsensical or the odd, than a tender and caring attitude: he takes care of the absurd, he helps it to develop, he gives it a place alongside everything else where it can be your most disturbing neighbour and your best friend.
More often than not Styrmir uses the written language as a genesis of his work. Written pieces are then adapted into live performances that activate objects, things and gestures. The performances and their narrative, that often are delivered as monologues, serve as an exhibition device for autonomous art objects.
Styrmir studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy (2005-2009) and the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam (2010-2012), during these years he worked as an assistant to Hreinn Fridfinnsson. Styrmir now lives in Berlin.