Facade – Bjarni Tor Petursson

Facade – Bjarni Tor Petursson

Opening Saturday 11.8, at 2-5 pm
The exhibition is open 11.8 – 16.9, 2018

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Bjarni Tor Petursson’s (IS) artistry takes us into a world that is both strange and familiar. Suggestive films and photographs show coulisses, man-made nature and artificial environments. With lingering sequences where the silence seems to echo, Petursson explores outer and inner voids.

Several of the works in Facade take place after closing time. Among artificial animals, sculptures of fairy tale creatures, synthetic plants and ventilation pipes, lies a compact silence. The function of the coulisse is temporarily inactive, but the tension remains. In between fiction and reality opens a gap, a crevice in time. Like in several of Petursson’s previous works, darkness and depth play a central role. With matt black wood panels, he secludes and controls the light. They form an illusion – a fictional darkness replacing the real one. The panels are also to be found in the exhibition, exposing the delusion. In Petursson’s work, reality is a scale, constantly shifting.

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Bjarni Tor Petursson (born 1979) lives and works in Helsingborg. He has studied at Malmö Art Academy 2011-2013 and at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts 2009-2011. Since, he has exhibited at Galleri Obra in Malmö (2017), Reykjavík Art Museum (2015), Galleri Nicolai Wallner in Copenhagen (2015) and AROS in Århus (2014). In 2015, Petursson received a grant from Aase & Richard Björklund’s fund and The Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s one-year working grant.