Born in 1979 in Reykjavík, Kolbeinn Hugi is an island dwelling artist of a generation that emerged in the wake of the cataclysmic great rift between art and artists in the bleak neo-capitalist Reykjavík of modern times.
Taking diverse motifs from 1970s techno-futurism, pseudoarcheology and new-age black metal – his work aims to evoke an alternate model of society and suggests that the world as it is now isn’t necessarily how it has to be.
He has recently studied with Edgar Cayce in the informal setting of dream state trances established by the great sleeping medium after his death in 1945. There, he absorbed the acute sensibility to time and space associated with Cayce’s phantom sculptures as set up in his Astral Pavillion.
Kolbeinn’s work is simple work that aims for the heart, not for the head.
His work has been exhibited widely around the western world from MoMA PS1 to abandoned abodes at the arctic circle and is preserved in the collection of the National Gallery of Iceland.