The Nordic Guest Studio- Helgi Thórsson (IS)

Event type: 
The Nordic Guest Studio
1 Oct 2015 to 31 Oct 2015

In October, Helgi Thórsson is invited by Candyland where he will show some of the worked produced in the studio. 

Opening : 23/10 from 17.00-21.00 at Candyland, Gotlandsgatan 76, Stockholm.

Exhibition 23/10 - 8/11 open fri-sun 13.00 -16.00 

About Helgi´s work: 

"Helgi Thórsson (b. 1975) has created a distinct visual world with signature characteristics, clear to all who have once delved into his realm. There is a special attitude and energy imbedded in the work, exemplified by the rough, somewhat clumsy workmanship, the veneer of eccentric colors, the bizarre humor, the cheesy nostalgia and the sincere belief that art can do something good for the viewer. Thórsson seems to hold craft in high esteem, not necessarily in the sense that his work is executed in such painstaking detail, but rather that it carries with it a definite human touch; it is sculpted by hand, painted and assembled from scratch with rich creative energy. His installations are made up of countless items, found bits and pieces where a vintage mini-bar or a synthesizer may stand as the center piece, around which Thórsson creates a unique ambience with gimcrack ornaments. One can easily forget time and place when investigating everything that is brought on board in his most complex works. Large sculptures show objects or figures painted in various colors, often brought to life with some sort of technology, sound, light or movement. Sculpted characters, vases, lamps and other painted objects will later appear in two-dimensional works and vice versa; sculptures and paintings merge into one. Thórsson develops his individual pieces independently, however things will easily relate to one another in exhibitions and series, underlining the narrative character of his work. Paintings and drawings depict people and phenomena, things of practical use and enjoyment, board games and cards, but also abstract patterns of color and form. His color palette is somewhat indistinct, characterized by secondary musk tones like skin color, shades of brown and moss green. Each color appears flat and is used separately without an attempt to formulate a perspective or shading. As a result the paintings appear simple and even naive and funny and the subject certainly exaggerates this feeling when cartoon figures begin to pop up. Thórsson's visual world is absurd and amusing, attractive and nauseating at the same time. At a first glance all seems somehow overwhelming and exaggerated but in the inner context, his installations, sculptures and paintings also carry a touch of serenity and spiritual search."