Curver Thoroddsen is known for what he himself calls “real life performances”, where he places everyday life and actions in artistic context. He sometimes brings his own private life to the art institutions or directs attention to himself in daily life. He has for example tidied and cleaned his apartment, celebrated Christmas live online, gone on a diet and eaten a lot of hamburgers – all in the name of art. His work raises questions about artists’ role in society as well as the nature of art creation and art experience, but it also reflects current affairs, pop culture and Zeitgeist. Curver’s contribution to Autumn Bulbs is a kind of a hyper-real life performance focusing on every-day heroes and the environment.
The performance is a part of the exhibition Autumn Bulbs which hosted by the Reykjavik Art Museum outside the walls of the museum buildings. It presents a revision of what is often called public art, art in public domain, outdoor art or statues around town. Five artists present new works that appear in diverse and innovative ways throughout Reykjavík and in the common space that contemporary technology offers. These are performances, interventions and happenings of various kinds. Instead of physical sculptures, monuments, or other permanent environmental works, the exhibition Autumn Bulbs focuses on works that are more or less created in intangible media and manifested in the here and now.
Artists in the exhibition include: Ásgerður Birna Björnsdóttir, Berglind Jóna Hlynsdóttir, Curver Thoroddsen, Snorri Ásmundsson and Þóranna Björnsdóttir. Please, follow the exhibition schedule on the museum's website, http://artmuseum.is/events, and on social media. The year 2019 is the Year of Public Art at the Reykjavík Art Museum, and the exhibition is part of that context, along with more exhibitions, events and public programming.
The exhibition is supported by the Icelandic Visual Arts Fund.