Artist Steingrímur Eyfjörð will represent Iceland at the Venice Biennale to be held next summer. The work that Eyfjörð will exhibit is named for a line in a song which many Icelanders know about the coming of spring and the golden plover, and is based on interviews with around 20 individuals who were queried on various personalities and subjects, including Benedikt Gröndal, beliefs in elves and fairies, chess, and various other aspects of Icelandic culture. The interviews are intended as the raw material that Eyfjörð processes in various ways and that provide the source of 14 other works, each consisting of several units and making up a total of about 50 drawings, sculptures, photographs, and other works. The interviews themselves will be hand-bound into volumes containing drawings and comments on the task during its progression.
There are plans to exhibit Eyfjörð's work in the Landsvirkjun exhibition hall of the Ljósifoss Station on the Sogið river in the summer of 2008.
For several years now, Steingrímur Eyfjörð has been one of the most interesting and active artists in Iceland. He has held more than 35 one-man shows and numerous group exhibitions in Iceland and abroad. An exhibition spanning Eyfjörð's career as an artist opened in the National Gallery of Iceland in May of this year.
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Steingrímur Eyfjörð and his work
Eyfjörð's works delve deeply into the Icelandic cultural heritage and its expression in the modern world, at the same time as this expression is re-examined and placed in different and more ambiguous contexts than is usually the case. Art critic Elena Filipovic, in an article she wrote for the catalogue published in connection with the exhibition of Eyfjörð's works that opened in the National Gallery of Iceland last spring, declared for example: "It can be difficult precisely to identify the information, narratives, or details that might have been the inspiration for a work, because this depends totally on which strange incident or fragment of facts the artist's mind has retained in the flood of information and news that washes over us every day. His attention is drawn in various directions: to texts, events, and phenomena [. . .]. From these points, works of art emerge that comprise a study of national characteristics [. . .], human behaviour [. . .] and the role of fantasy and idealisation in connection with differences between the sexes. Even though the original sources or their transpositions into the work of art might appear widely diverse, they are connected in Eyfjörð's exploration of our common subconscious, international myths, and the history of mankind."