“You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from” by Heimir Björgúlfsson
The work of Los Angeles based artist Heimir Björgúlfsson (1975, Iceland) deals with the battle between man and nature.
The complex layers of Björgúlfson’s surroundings obviously affect him and inspire him. His collage and assemblage - based works depict the clash and struggle of artificial and natural environments existing in seeming disharmony.
Björgúlfsson’s works are an amalgamation of disparate elements that illustrate the fragmented definition of place in contemporary society. Animals occupy, but do not inhabit, sparse landscapes, existing as outsiders in the natural world, while industrial components are superimposed on geological images.
Combining his works with poetic and often puzzling titles further prompts the viewer to look at our civilization from a different angle.
“I’m chasing the absurd, always looking for something impossible”
Björgúlfson’s desire to create a personal dialog between the viewer and his work is apparent and the need to raise questions through his art is ever present. He often refuses however to provide the solution and the viewer is often left to wonder or reflect on the sadness of mans co-existence with nature. How do we as human beings conquer nature, coexist with nature and, or bow under nature and our surroundings?
1975 born in Reykjavík, Iceland
Lives and works in Los Angeles, United States
2001-03 MFA, Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
1998-01 BA Fine Arts, Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam, NL
1997-98 Sonology, Royal Conservatory, Den Haag, NL
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