Exhibition opening of his video work ‘4Times to the Shop’.
Gavin Morrison about Tumi Magnússon’s engagement with image, perception, meaning and a complexity to the history of painting:
There is a materialistic conviction in Magnússon’s work. His practice arose from a conceptual art and fluxus basis but from the 1980s predominately concerned painting. And although he no longer uses that medium the work is still conversant with thatidiom. Common across the work has been the pursuit of a form of abstraction of qualities; colour, form, and size. The word abstraction maybe misleading if thought of as pertaining to colour field painting or abstract expressionism but Magnússon’s relationship to the term is more literal. he abstracts from reality, the work remains figurative, it depicts actual objects or qualities of objects but in ways in which isolates and intensifies.