Skulptur Projekte Münster – Hreinn Friðfinnsson

Visual artist Hreinn Friðfinnsson (working and living in the Netherlands) takes part in the exhibition Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017 with new commissioned work. The fifth edition of this art manifestation, curator by Kasper König, Britta Peters and Marianne Wagner, opens to the public on the 10th of June. Friðfinnsson made a Fourth House for his House Project (1974-). The Mondriaan Fund awarded a Grant for International Presentations.

‘In the summer of 1974, a small house was built in the same fashion as Sólon Guðmundsson intended to do about half a century ago, that is to say an inside-out house. It was completed on the 21st of July. It is situated in an unpopulated area of Iceland, and in a place from which no other man-made objects can be seen. The existence of this house means that “outside” has shrunk to the size of a closed space formed by the walls and the roof of the house. The rest has become “inside”. The house harbours the whole world except itself.’ —Hreinn Friðfinnsson, House Project: First House, Second House, Third House (Reykjavik: Crymogea, 2012)

Every new ‘house’ was physically constructed inside out in turn, with each iteration successively dematerialized through this process of inversion or mirroring. Whereas First House and Second House were created with traditional Icelandic building materials—wooden constructions with metal siding, wallpaper, a door, and windows with curtains—Third House was conceived as a drawing, a simple steel outline of the frame, becoming a kind of echo of First House. Similarly devised in this reduced, yet inverted form, Fourth House culminates the project in a fully mirrored state—a transforming work—interacting with its surroundings.

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