Image: Margrét Blöndal, installation view
Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, USA
February – March, 2009
Artists: Margrét Blöndal & Lars Laumann
A two-person exhibition of work by the Icelandic sculptor Margrét H. Blöndal and Norwegian video artist Lars Laumann.
Blöndal’s work most often utilizes found domestic elements to create installations that suggest quixotic reference or function. In their materiality they are most often light and somewhat ephemeral, evoking an existence in a marginal space or uncompleted form. The use of remnants from society to create structures necessarily allows a continuum of reference from their previous function to how they exist within the sculptural space. Both formally and conceptually the work maintains a speculative or provisional sense.
For source material Lars Laumann has repeatedly turned to popular culture, mining the Internet for material and content for his videos. However it does not appear that the interest is explicitly the vagaries of pop culture but rather an engagement with the increased ability in the present-age to connect and construct systems of reference. The topics in two of his most significant works – Morrissey Foretelling the Death of Diana (2006) and Berlinmuren (2008) – utilize individuals with a personal interest in reconfiguring commonplace meaning. Laumann documents notional structures at the edge of society, elements of which feel familiar and common yet he gives voice to individuals whose perspectives engender a radical shift on how certain objects and occurrences can be thought of. Laumann simultaneously confronts the audience with the instability of meaning within society and art, but also humanizes the edges of society