Once we were next-door neighbours
John Zurier and Hreinn Friðfinnsson
ASÍ Art museum
May 21 17:00 opening
May 21 — May 26 2016
Tuesday–Sundays 1–5 PM
The poetics of perception, place, time, and memory create the common emotional thread between the transformed found objects and installations of Hreinn Friðfinnsson and the abstract paintings of John Zurier.
Hreinn Friðfinnsson, born in rural Iceland, is a conceptual artist. John Zurier, born in Santa Monica, California, is a painter. Although they use different methods, techniques, and approaches, they are linked by a resonance and a shared sensibility of lyricism and simplicity – an economy of means, empathy toward materials, and sensitivity to the contradictory way material integrity reveals an awareness of impermanence.
At the 30th Saõ Paulo Biennial in 2012, the work of Friðfinnsson and Zurier was installed in adjacent spaces. For the Reykjavík Arts Festival Friðfinnsson and Zurier continue this conversation with new artworks created specifically for the rooms of Listasafn ASÍ.
Hreinn Friðfinnsson was one of the founders of SÚM group in 1965. He lives and works in Amsterdam and has shown extensively. John Zurier lives and works in Berkeley. He has shown extensively and been awarded for his art.