Guðjón Ketilsson Exhibition

Luise Ross Gallery

poster for Guðjón Ketilsson Exhibition

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Guðjón Ketilsson has chosen wood as his primary material and his subject matter varies though the work most often relates in some way to our human bodily presence and the things we produce to extend and amplify our physical world. The carved shoes marked a key moment in the development of his art, evoking human presence while in fact the body remains absent. Instead of representing the human form, Guðjón suggests it by showing the things we use and shifting the context to expose their importance in our world and the expectations we unconsciously bring to objects in our everyday surroundings. Painstakingly carved and assembled objects masquerade as common items of use – towels, shoes, various tools and furniture – and reveal themselves all the more clearly when they can no longer be used for the purposes we normally attach to them. The large tool whose only purpose is to endlessly print “ET CETERA” is a case in point, an apparently useful tool that in fact produces only empty repetition. Guðjón’s art exposes the tenuous relationship between our world of objects and the conceptual world we construct for ourselves. It shows how our lives are determined by our expectations and the things we handle daily without giving a thought to the way a tool always defines the uses we put it to.



from June 10, 2010 to July 30, 2010

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