TUMI MAGNÚSSON

sound work and installation in the corridor of the museum building

  • 15.1.2016 - 8.1.2017, Listasafn Íslands

Sound work: Brook - slow and fast Installation in the museum building´s corridor: Family Portrait 15.01.2016 - 09.01.2017 Tumi Magnússon (b. 1957) was born in Iceland and lives in Copenhagen. He studied at the Icelandic School of Arts and Crafts and AKI – Academie voor Beeldende Kunst in the Netherlands. He has participated in over 140 solo- and group exhibitions in all major art museums and art spaces in Iceland, as well as in Europe, USA, Mexico, Uruguay and New Zealand. Magnússon was a professor at the Iceland Academy of Arts from 1999 to 2005, and a professor at the Royal Academy of Art in Copenhagen from 2005 to 2011. In his long career, Magnússon has worked with most mediums used in the visual arts. Early on he explored the resilience of painting and from painting he went on to do photographic works, video and sound installations. As one who knows and perceives the relationship between the micro and the macro, Magnússon observes his surroundings with microscopic precision and uses visual manipulation programs in order to enhance our perceptions of what the human eye might not be able to grasp without assistance. His works undertaken in vinyl foil and mounted on the walls are in conversation with the architecture but also with Impressionist paintings, which can only be perceived as figurative imagery once the viewer has reached a certain distance from the work. Physicality and perspective are underlying in Magnússon’s work Family Portrait from 2000. The work shows photographs of the artist´s nose, his wife´s mouth, their son´s ear and their daughter´s eye, which are escalated up and stretched to fit the architecture of the museum building. Magnússon´s new sound piece, Brook - slow and fast is installed in the corridors of the museum building, the sound of a running river, stretched and compressed in turns, with varying rhythm.