Gretar Reynisson (IS)
Living Art Museum + Artíma
Gretar Reynisson (1957) graduated from the Icelandic College of Art and Crafts in 1978 and furthered his studies in Amsterdam 1978-79. Reynisson has held around twenty solo exhibitions and has participated in various group exhibitions at the National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik Art Museum, ASÍ Art Museum, i8 Gallery, the Living Art Museum, Hafnarborg and with the Reykjavik Sculpture Association, to name a few. Reynisson’s works are found in the collection of various museums, including the National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik Art Museum, the Living Art Museum and the University of Iceland Art Collection. Reynisson has designed over sixty sets at various theatres, including the National Theatre of Iceland, the Reykjavik City Theatre, Frú Emilía Theatre and Riksteatern in Sweden.
Sequences VI is proud to name Gretar Reynisson as this year’s honorary artist. He is invited to take part in this real time art festival with his intriguing collection of works, Decade, which are in fact evidence of an extensive durational performance. For the first time the entirety of his opus is presented to the public. At the turn of the century, Reynisson took the decision to break from exhibition-making and work every day on this project, from 1 January 2001 to 31 December 2010; collecting, counting and archiving the routine of the everyday. The white shirt that he wore became part of a subtle performance, as did the pillow that he slept on and the glass that he drank out of. The daily routine became an ongoing artistic process, the context of which was the archetypal question concerning the boundary between life and art. Works that were created on a daily basis over ten years are now on display for only ten days. An exhibition catalogue is published by Útúrdúr on this occasion.