Kristján Guðmundsson, Forgotten View, 2001, courtesy of: the artist, i8 Gallery and Galleri Riis © Stein Jørgensen.
Kristján Guðmundsson (b. 1941) is a self-educated artist, and has been one of Iceland’s most notable artists for decades. His work is characterized by simple and formalistic presentation mixed with a poetic that often leads to subtle humour. Media is diverse: painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, performance and bookwork for example, and many of Kristján’s works are made consciously with the characteristics and meaning of the medium in mind. The subject matter of his art is often mundane, straightforward and raw; lead, blotting paper, ink, dimensions, sports goods, power cables, steel pipes and double-paned glass.
Coloured and/or clear double-paned glass is a material that Kristján started using in the works around the year 2000. The work titles and the ambiguous play with language are an integral part of the content, such as Baby-Blue View (1998 – 1999), Dream View (1999) and Red Painting with Clear View (2000). The work Forgotten View is from this time period, first exhibited at Kjarvalsstaðir in 2001. The material of the work is double-paned glass, the work lives on as an idea and its appearance varies depending on the unclaimed orders in the glass workshop at any one time.
exhibition a) - Kling & Bang