Glasgow International 2020

Thor Sigurthorsson

Thor Sigurthorsson (b. 1977 in Reykjavík, Iceland) lives and works in Reykjavík, Iceland.

In his most recent works Sigurthorsson has been preoccupied with screens and screen culture. Through his works he analyses things we have adapted to our bodies; things that have become extensions of ourselves and that we use to explore and engage with the world. His works challenge our perception of everyday objects and defy clichés about beauty and nature. Sigurthorsson’s works often consist of manipulated abstract photographs but he has also used found objects extensively as his medium. The objects are those that we use and see regularly in our everyday lives but by deconstructing them and taking them completely out of context they become almost unrecognisable.

Sigurthorsson obtained a BA degree in fine arts from the Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2002 and in 2008 he graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York with an MFA. He has exhibited at art venues in Iceland and abroad.

Ragnar Jónasson, Thor Sigurthorsson

Hold the door


Two Icelandic artists, Ragnar Jónasson and Thor Sigurthorsson, collaborate on a project examining the meaning of physical and cultural borders.

Art has always commented on culture regardless of where or when it is from, and in a language that puts things in a perspective which is not merely black and white. But is art’s capacity to open the doors of perception diminishing and under threat? Jónasson and Sigurthorsson are concerned that it may be, and therefore pose the question: how do we keep that door open?

Supported by Glasgow International and Stallan-Brand Architecture + Design.

Fri 20 April – Mon 7 May
Mon – Sun, 12 noon-5pm

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