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Magnús Helgason

Helgason first gained recognition as an experimental filmmaker and a stop-motion artist doing live visual performances to the music of artists associated with collective Kitchen Motors such as Jóhann Jóhannsson, Apparat Organ Quartet or Kira Kira. Gradually his interest started to gravitate towards painting. In his early works from 2003- 2008 Helgason begun dealing with text as a motif.

Single words and statements provided points of departure for works in various media and categories. The language, poetry or street art style was carried over into paintings. Despite very long- winded conceptual titles, Helgason works subscribed to minimal esthetics and titles like: “God appeared to me and told me he doesn´t exist”, gave a sense of narrative and even his abstract work.

Lately Helgason has been working with extremely powerful magnets to create playful mini sculptures with levitating metal objects. “I´m not pointless i am up for it” Is a part of that artistic experiment.

Artist website: magnushelgason.com

Short Bio

Magnús Helgason is a visual artist based in Akureyri. He graduated from AKI, Akademie voor Beeldende Kunst Enschede, Holland in 2001, from multimedia department.

Helgason first gained recognition as an experimental filmmaker and a stop-motion artist doing live visual performances to the music of artists associated with collective Kitchen Motors such as Jóhann Jóhannsson, Apparat Organ Quartet or Kira Kira. Gradually his interest started to gravitate towards painting and has he been working within the field of visual art ever since. 

RECENT HIGHLIGHTS

National Gallery of Iceland, Amy´s Donation, 2019.
Akureyri Art Museum, Ideas, 2018-2019.
Center for Contemporary Art, Hjalteyri, Be Sides, 2018.
Gallery Artist (Gallerí Listamenn), Handtakið mig ég er fagurkeri (Arrest me, I have good taste), 2018.

Helgason has been working with extremely powerful magnets to create playful mini sculptures with levitating metal objects. “I´m not pointless i am up for it” Is a part of that artistic experiment.

Undanfarið hefur Magnús unnið með kröftug segulstál þar sem hann hefur skapað litla járnskúlptúra þar sem þyngdaraflinu virðist ögrað. 

Year: 2019
Size: H: 21  B: 3  L: 33 cm
Material: Heavy metal, wire and magnet
Production: Studio Magnús Helgason
Limited Edition of 20 plus 2 AP