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Tuesday, 22 November 2022

Kristján Gudmundsson

Kristján Gudmundsson

Drawing nr. 19, 2005
Pencil Lead 0,7mm HB on Aluminium Plate
12 x 24 cm
Edition of 15 + 3 AP

Kristján Gudmundsson is the third exhibiting Icelandic artist and he combines minimalism with conceptual art. In a number of works over the years, he took a special interest in the basic equation of a drawing – namely graphite or pencil on paper.
His artistic process clearly shows an understanding of the properties of the language of art, but it also shows how to ignore such rules. His works would be installed either on the wall or the floor; for instance, a large roll of paper next to a whole block of graphite, rather than pencil marks on paper. Or as seen in Drawing Nr. 17 (2005), multiple pieces of graphite mounted on aluminum. In the process, the artist completely disrupts one’s most basic assumptions about what constitutes a drawing.