Kristinn G. Harðarson
In 1977 Kristinn G Harðarson was among the earliest to graduate from the department for new media at the Reykjavik College of Art and Crafts. The studies were dominated by the aesthetics of concept art, that had strong influence on the Icelandic art scene during the late 1960s and 70s. Icelandic art, and this includes the conceptual, has firm roots in literary tradition and for this reason is often more narrative in nature than contemporary art in other countries. Kristinn G Harðarson avoids the use of extravagant gestures in his work, which shifts between different media and styles, while linking documentary elements with the autobiographical. The artist has developed a form of expression that he calls “Journals” in which he documents his surroundings reflecting his interest in the beauties and subtle magic of the everyday as can be seen in the works represented here.