Erró: More is Beautiful
This exhibition shines a special light on Erró´s works which revolve around excess and density. This imaging has been an important part of his art and goes all the way back to his earliest work. More than thirty pieces from the Erró collection of the Reykjavík Art Museum – paintings, collages and movies – show how the artist creates intricate and charged structures which communicate materials related to politics, science, fiction and art history.
Erró´s visual world which deals with duplication and an excess of images is the result of fifty years of development. It is an answer to an endless stream of things, information and images from the media and consumer society. Among other things, here are Erró´s famous “Scapes”, a sort of landscapes combined from an abundance of similarly themed images.
The artist´s interest in a dense and vibrant picture plane made the American art critic Arthur Danto coin a descriptive concept for his work; pop-baroque. The present time has also opened up a new gateway to Erró´s work. In the times of the world wide web, photoshop and googled globalisation, his references to databases, collage methods and constant flow of images and information have acquired a new kind of relevance.