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Tuesday, 22 November 2022

Finnbogi Pétursson

Finnbogi Pétursson

Nodes, 2019
Mixed Media
220 x 15 x 14 cm

The best way to describe Icelandic artist Finnbogi Pétursson’s process of working is to imagine what the center of the Earth might sound like: He creates a bridge between science and nature, examining the very essence of sound and silence through installations that utilize one substance to investigate the properties of another.
He refers to himself as a visual artist interested in the behavior of sound, drawn to what he calls ‘the in between’– not necessarily the amplifier or the guitar, but what happens to the sound waves between the two, and how you can manipulate it. In Nodes (2019), thin metal straps rotate and create delicately vibrating drawings. The movement is caused by the rotating metallic apparatus, reminding the viewer of the visualization of sound itself. Pétursson’s ability to illustrate the intangible and invisible in his artworks has become his trademark.