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Who's going to Venice, what is new?

CIA.IS DVD Archive Expands
Though ominously named, the archive has become a unique and diverse resource on Icelandic contemporary art.

Center for Icelandic Art in New Exhibition Project
Homesick is a project with three other partners in Turkey (Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center), Israel (Center for Contemporary Art Tel Aviv) and Switzerland (venue to be decided).

Nominees for New Art Award
Three Women Nominated for High-Purse Award ...

Christian Schoen
Sigur­ur Gu­jˇnsson: Dark Places
"Bleak", 2006: Two grotesque people in two different rooms are at the center of the grotesque situation.

Jon Proppe
A Quiet Corner in ReykjavÝk
An artist-run exhibition space in an old coner house in downtown ReykjavÝk was central to a generation of Icelandic artists and a stop for many promonent fluxus and performance artists in the late 1970s.

Jon Proppe
SteingrÝmur Eyfj÷r­
For thirty years, SteingrÝmur Eyfj÷r­ has been a strong and often critical participant on the Icelandic art scene. Now he is represented in the Carnegie Art Show and is going to Venice next year ...

Jon Proppe
Environment and Art: An Interview with Patrick Huse
Since 1995, Norvegian Artist Patrick Huse has brough all five of his large-scale museum shows to Iceland: Iceland has also been an important subject in his exploration of the landscape and cultures of the Arcitc. Increasingly, his paitnings and photographs have a political edge to them ...



Jón Proppé

Steingrímur Eyfjörð

Steingrímur Eyfjörð has been an active and often critical participant on the Icleandic art scene since the mid-1970s but though he has exhibited regularly in Iceland and abroad, he has perhaps been known primarily in artistic circles. He is admired both for his intense but delicate works and for his thoughful contribution to methodology and his unique approach in weeding out and presenting his subject matter. Among his constant themes are the role of the artist in the formation of meaning and its commodification.

From relative quiet, Steingrímur finds himself propelled into the limelight this year as the National Gallery of Iceland has a retrospective show of his works, he is featured in the Carnegie Art Show and now he has been selected to represent Iceland at next year's Biennale in Venice.

Steingrímur Eyfjörð’s art is a ceaseless search for clarity in contexts that often seem hopelessly muddled, defying classification by being either too vast and complex or being hidden, distant in time, or obscured by poor records and legend.

Already in the 1970s, he worked to chart the manifold connections and co-dependencies of consumer society through drawings, texts and public participation projects, using methods found here and there in Fluxus and conceptual art. In his various art projects he often appears as a facilitator, using drawings and text to communicate impressions and condensations of narratives that include the Parsifal story, Icelandic sagas and mythology, and various aspects of Christianity, such as the story of St. Therese of Lisieux.

Increasingly, his work concerns the structure and tools of narration and the processes whereby circumstances and associations congeal into stories, even into history. Perhaps the most comprehensive example of this was his exhibition in 2001, The Closet Projection, where he extrapolated from some torn female underwear, decades old, found in a closet. In the exhibition, he developed the character in the story of which the old clothing was the only evidence. Using forensic techniques, semiotics and even spirit mediums, he assembled his findings into an exhibition of haunting beauty and subtle depth. More recent work, such as What is It Called Again? (2003) and Bones in a Ravine (2005) unravel the meandering associations of our everyday discourse and exemplify the aesthetic value of the artist’s probing research.


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Steingrímur Eyfjörð’s art is a ceaseless search for clarity in contexts that often seem hopelessly muddled ...