Three Parts Whole features new work by noted Icelandic artists Finnbogi Pétursson, Hrafnkell Sigurdsson, and ívar Valgardsson.
The logic in the works of Hrafnkell Sigurðsson is clear and unsparing. Man-made objects are explicitly set in a natural environment so that they protrude from it colouristically and formally.
Photographs have for a long time been an important part of Hrafnkell Hrafnkell Sigurðsson's approach to art practice in its relation to reality. His approach is inherently conceptual and his work is informed by an affinity to ideas of relational aesthetics. This is also rooted in a wide ranging discourse with art historical subjects, baroque and romantic painting, modernist aesthetics, as well as contemporary performance, installation, video, and photography. It is in this context that his photographic work is to be understood.
In a series entitled Conversion we once more see how Hrafnkell Sigurðsson reworks former ideas, conjoining them in new work. These pieces are constructed like medieval triptychs, with the front panes being made of images of stacked garbage bags on two sides that almost, but not quite, mirror each other.
Hrafnkell Sigurðsson’s photographs record an intense, aesthetic exploration spanning almost two decades. They are remarkable for the clear and consistent approach they represent, so insistent that one almost doesn’t notice the eclectic selection of subject matter which includes compacted rubbish, pitched tents and soiled fishermen’s oilskins.