The Sun and the Rainfall

By admin, September 22, 2018
The Sun and the Rainfall
Galleria Zero, Milano

28.09.2017 – 22.12.2017

Groupshow: Enzo Cucchi, Hubert Duprat, Giuseppe Gabellone, Francesco Gennari, Egill Sæbjörnsson, Elizabeth Jaeger

Out OF Control Espresso Bar | 2017

By admin, July 9, 2018

Biennale Arte 2017
Icelandic Pavilion, The 57th International Art Exhibition, Venice

Description: Wooden structure, wooden bar, coffee machine, ceramic lights, ropes, theatrical lights, speed-devil audio visual control station, video projection, sound, clay animation, 3D animation, 2D stop animation, coffee tables, chairs, plaster and styrofoam objects, papier machée.

Dimensions: 26m x 6m x7m
Duration: 15:00 min

(text coming)

Commissioned by the Icelandic Art Center and The Ministry of Culture in Iceland
Main Sponsor: Alvogen

Courtesy by the artist and i8 gallery (www.i8.is)

Egill Sæbjörnsson

Egill SæbjörnssonEgill Sæbjörnsson

Can Bolders Love? | 2018

By admin, July 9, 2018

Description: Dolomite rocks, video projection and sound
Dimensions:
Duration: 7:20 min

Three stones or rocks sit on a sofa and talk together about life and death. The location is the old abandoned bar of Hotel Ladenia in Urtisei in the South Tyrol of Italy. Egill Sæbjörnsson was invited by curator and current director of The National Gallery of Prague, Adam Budak, to make a site specific artwork for the Biennale Ghërdenia VI. Sæbjörnsson came on location one week prior to the opening and created the work on location, found the rocks, developed the script and wrote and recorded the dialogue of the stones. The work is a pure in situ artwork, based on the theme of the Biennale “Writing the Mountains” and inspired by the dialogue with the other artists, the curator Adam Budak, and the place itself The Dolomites, that have an extremely long and rich history.

Egill Sæbjörnsson

Egill Sæbjörnsson

Egill Sæbjörnsson

Egill Sæbjörnsson

Egill Sæbjörnsson

Egill Sæbjörnsson

Egill Sæbjörnsson

The Building As A Being

By admin, July 4, 2018

Egill Sæbjörnsson

Egill Sæbjörnsson

Egill Sæbjörnsson

Egill Sæbjörnsson

The Lizzard (O Lagarto) | 2016

By admin, July 4, 2018

Description: A large pop-up book, performance, video projection and sound.
Dimensions: 400cm x 150cm x 150cm
Duration: ca 40 mins

A theatrical piece, using video projections and a giant pop up book. Two black clad helpers flipped the pages of the book. Each page had a pop up system that was illuminated with video projection and told the story of a character named The Lizzard. Lizards are a common household creature in Rio de Janeiro and are not kept in high regards. This story tells about a lizard that was a pet in Iceland and was washed with a big wave into the ocean, that brought it all the way to Rio de Janeiro. The lizard describes his life, how he lost his tail and his struggles in life. The This piece was made for and presented at Oi Futuro Center, in Rio de Janeiro Brazil.

Work by Egill Sæbjörnsson
Direction: Marcia Moraes & Egill Sæbjörnsson
Music by Egill Sæbjörnsson and Kjartan Holm

Courtesy by the artist and i8 gallery (www.i8.is)

Egill Sæbjörnsson

Egill Sæbjörnsson

Egill Sæbjörnsson

The Knee | 2016

By admin, July 4, 2018

Description: A knee shaped object made of plaster, a wooden shelf, computer, video projector, self generative video animation and video projection
Dimensions: 35cm x 25cm x 15cm
Duration: endless, self-generative

This is a self generative video installation, where the source images are mixed together in an endless variety of ways, creating heightmaps that are projected onto the knee shaped object.

Courtesy by the artist and i8 gallery (www.i8.is)

Egill Sæbjörnsson

Egill Sæbjörnsson

Egill Sæbjörnsson

Egill Sæbjörnsson

Egill Sæbjörnsson

A Way To Pleasure | 2015

By admin, July 3, 2018

Description: Plaster, animation, video projection and sound
Dimensions: 60cm x 40cm x 9cm

An object in an irregular semi organic shape, made out of plaster is hung on the wall. All kinds of patterns and objects are projected onto the object making it look like a character. Egill: “It’s a teenager. His parents wanted him to be an artwork, but he doesn’t want to obey. The moment nobody’s looking he stops posing like an artwork and starts doing what he wants. Nevertheless, he dreams about becoming an art piece when he grows up, as we can see in the brushes and the colour splashes appearing towards the end of the video loop”. This is a typical piece by Egill Sæbjörnsson where the artwork is personified, made into a living entity with a personality of it’s own, in contrast to being the “creation of the artist”.

Sound by Egill Sæbjörnsson and Kjartan Holm

Courtesy by the artist and i8 gallery (www.i8.is)

Egill Sæbjörnsson

Egill Sæbjörnsson

Egill Sæbjörnsson

Egill Sæbjörnsson

Egill Sæbjörnsson

Egill Sæbjörnsson

Egill Sæbjörnsson

Egill Sæbjörnsson

Egill Sæbjörnsson

Egill Sæbjörnsson

Egill Sæbjörnsson

Egill Sæbjörnsson

Egill Sæbjörnsson

Egill Sæbjörnsson

Egill Sæbjörnsson

Egill Sæbjörnsson

Modern TV | 2015

By admin, July 3, 2018

Description: Plaster, animation, video projection and sound
Dimensions: 50cm x 40cm x 8cm

An organic object in a TV shaped format, made out of plaster, is hung on the wall like a flat screen. The surface changes as a video animation is projected onto it. The work is a combination of a real object with irregular surface, unlike real TV’s and thus the object is neither a TV or just an object, it’s a hybrid, a some sort of an augmented reality sculpture. Cars and windows appearing now and then suggest different use of the same object giving it attributions of a living planet, a bit like the home of Le Petit Prince. Each work is a living entity, a world of its own.

Modern TV

Egill Sæbjörnsson

Egill Sæbjörnsson

Egill Sæbjörnsson

Egill Sæbjörnsson

Egill Sæbjörnsson

Egill Sæbjörnsson

Egill Sæbjörnsson

Egill Sæbjörnsson

Egill Sæbjörnsson

Smokes | 2014

By admin, January 26, 2015

Installation, Hopstreet Gallery, Sint-Jorisstraat 109 Rue Saint-Georges B-1050 Brussels

Description: A “multi-fingered” object, reminiscent of a sea life plant or a musical instrument, stands on a pedestal 155 cm from the wall. 170 cm In front of the pedestal is a video projector that projects a white image with shadows of smokes so it looks as if the smokes are coming out of the fingers in the shadows behind. It plays with the experience and makes us think that the smokes really came out of the “fingers”. The smokes sometimes pop, change shape, and then pop back. There is a sound that accompanies the installation, fitted to the animations.

Dimensions: Variable

In a series of works, I have been working on creating Pseudo-Instruments. They are objects that pretend to be musical instruments but they do not produce any sound. Take a guitar, for example: when the strings of the guitars are stroked, they release vibrations that make us hear sound. Or when we blow air into a trumpet and hear a sound, traveling out into the room. These are original direct “cause and effect” instruments. The synthesizer was initially meant to be an instrument like the guitar or the trumpet, but it creates fake guitar- or trumpet sounds with electronic components and sends the sounds through wires to a loudspeaker. Later, the synthesizer became an instrument of its own genre- an electronic instrument. The Pseudo Instrument does not produce real sounds like a guitar or a trumpet, and it also has no electronic components that are able to make electronic sounds. It simply pretends to be a musical instrument by sending out signifiers of physical movements in shapes of smokes resembling the air coming out of the trumpet. The movement of the smokes is related to the physical movement of the air coming out of the trumpet, traveling out into the room. But why making this pseudo-instrument? Well, it is a performer, with a high emphasis on the visual appearance, which is something that a guitar, a trumpet, or a synthesizer does not do. The pseudo instrument uses video images as part of the musical experience. The smoke could also be read as notations that move in time over the screen. The sudden change of the smoke into a line or a cube is the virtual possibility of a single tone to change as it travels through air. Usually a tone stays the same, but within the virtual space of the video installation, I try to make a single note change as it travels. It is simply a fantasy about music; I am trying to explore areas of music that perhaps were not important yesterday, but might be important in the future, or are already important today. Usage of media equipment, like computers, smart phones, the internet etc, has changed the way we experience music. These new forms of equipment are as radical to musical experience as the electronic musical equipment, recording techniques, multi track recorders and computers. The computerized media that we use for communication in daily life is changing the music, not only sound wise but also the over all experience, which is more visual as well.

Photo by: © hv-studio. Courtesy of the artist and Hopstreet gallery, Brussels

Bonsai | 2014

By admin, January 8, 2015

Installation, Hopstreet Gallery, Sint-Jorisstraat 109 Rue Saint-Georges B-1050 Brussels

Description: A bonsai tree stands 60 cm away from the wall and the video projector, which, situated 80 cm from the tree, projects a video onto the tree and the wall behind. In the video there is a colorful sky image that colors the tree and the wall behind. Every now and then, firework-like balls fly out of the tree as if the tree were shooting them out. The balls fly in articulated paths through the air and explode with popping sounds. From each exploded ball there is smoke that flies across the sky and slowly evaporates.

Dimensions: With 92 cm, depth: 140 cm, height: 90 cm (variable)

The idea is that the tree, as a living being, performs some sort of a musical act by throwing out these firework-like balls that give sounds when they explode. The tree can be seen as a musical instrument, a musical performer, and as a part of the score of its own music as well. The visual side also plays a similar role to that of a music video for a pop song. The bonsai is at once the musical score, the sound of the music, the performer, the video, and the concert.

Bonsai 2014 from Egill's Studio on Vimeo.