Last week we had the great pleasure to meet the Icelandic artist Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson at his studio at KB, having prepared a very special performance for us. Styrmir created his personal pandemic diary. Within drawings, comments and music he shares in a humorous but sensible way, how he experienced this world in confinement, and the every day news out there.
Styrmir's work ranges between performance, drawing, music and sculpture with a love for the absurd. This doesn't mean any obsessive passion for the ridiculous, nonsensical or the odd, but moreso derives from a tender and caring attitude: he takes care of the absurd, he helps it to develop, he gives it a place alongside everything else, a space where, ones it is set free, it can become a most disturbing neighbor or even a best friend.
Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson is a grantee of the Icelandic Art Center.