Hreinn Fridfinnsson

Galerie Papillon

Hreinn Fridfinnsson’s raw materials include photographs, fossils, chicken wire, wood, fake crystals, Play-Doh, and plentiful dreams; if he were a generation or two older, he doubtless would have been a Surrealist. Coming of age as he did at the end of the ’60s, however, he became a Conceptual artist. It may not be coincidental that his plunge into the (artistic) life of the mind in 1971 corresponded with the move from his native Iceland to Amsterdam, where he has lived ever since; then again, it could be argued that the remote and disembodied quality of his work is typically Icelandic, relative to New York Conceptualism at any rate.

In his work of the ’70s, Fridfinnsson used photographs as a means of visualizing the invisible—notably folklore, literature, and dreams. Since then, he has been working directly with materials and objects, and paying more attention to formal structures as well;

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