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Daníel Magnússon: Constructive Vandalism
11 February–11 March
The exhibition contains ten works that Magnússon has been working on in recent years. “A circle and its diameter are obscurely related in an irrational ratio. This means that these most common forms of creation can not have relations refering to their own existence. Thus, the circle can not describe its diameter and the diameter is unaware of the circle. The exhibition Constructive Vandalism is the wrecking of the perfect thesis of Galileo and Bruno and an exaltation of the geocentric theory of Ptolemy. The show is my equally rational attempt to describe a consensus about the cosmology, as the circleʼs attempt to describe its diameter,” says Daníel Magnússon in the exhibition catalogue.
Most of the works are created with pencil and pen on paper. They are mostly intended as cartography for the centralised world of Ptolemy. Two of them are saliva print on cotton, they serve as accompaniment to the other maps, to lend this world a comprehensive foundation.
Daníel Magnússon graduated from The Icelandic College of Art and Crafts in 1987 and immediately became known for interesting work which more often than not dealt with Icelandic culture. He is mostly known for sculptures and photographic work but has also designed and built furniture and sets for theatres and performances. Daníel has held well over ten solo exhibitions as well as participating in numerous group exhibitions in Iceland and abroad. His work can be found in the collections of Reykjavík Art Museum, the City of Reykjavík, various public institutions and private collectors around the world.