Kristinn Már – Studio

The symbolic chess player

Kristinn Már Pálmason

Go Pink Yourself is a collection of works by Kristinn Már Pálmason for our first online exhibition at Islanders Gallery. It was premiered last Friday and is now available to purchase through our online gallery. Kristinn’s work is in the form of paintings and paper prints that have been created especially for the Islanders project and are only available in a limited edition.

We visited Kristinn at his studio while he was putting the final touches to his last piece for the exhibition. His studio is in a bright industrial building with large windows and a view north over the city. Examples of his art are scattered high and low all around the space, so that you automatically fall into the mysterious world of symbols that characterizes his work. Your mind travels between the visual languages in search of new meanings in all of his symbols, as when gazing at the night sky looking for a new star.

The composition in his art is lead by balance. Some of the symbols have no reference to the objective world and are irrational, but they play a role in supporting the other objective forms by their side. Kristinn unconsciously plays with the imagination of the viewer, resulting in individual interpretations that make the work what it is. We are familiar with many of these forms and symbols from our surroundings, but it is difficult to keep track of where they all come from and what they mean; thus creating a new sign language that is a fusion of the subconscious and visible reality.

“Often these are archetypes that represent themselves, but it is the context that matters, for example which symbol it stands by. Sometimes new icons are created in the process. New icons can be formed partly by accident, for example by a mistaken symbol, and new characters are interesting because they can include an abstract organism, that can be understood in a unique and uncertain way, like a language that has existed for a thousand years but is unspoken.”

For a long time Kristinn worked only with black and white, so he could concentrate on the imagery and narrative in each form, and in a sense this constriction gave him freedom. In his latest work you can see that light pink, blue and other colours have crept into the picture plane. The colour to some extent has yet another symbolic meaning for Kristinn.

Kristinn has used some of these forms for many years and because of that they have become quite recognizable. Some icons are visible in several paintings, as if they have travelled through his works regardless of the time that has passed, while other characters are unique and just appear once.

In his paper works Kristinn arranges the different templates that he used for the paintings, creating collages from them. So in a way the paper works become an extension of the paintings. “When I went to sort through them I got a strange sensation of timelessness, but also a nostalgic feeling, like I was playing chess with myself in a parallel universe. That’s how well I know these forms. Like the prehistory is being told afterwards.” The templates seem to have their independent will, but play a huge part in the artist’s creative process. Kristinn has told us that the notations in his art have become a sort of diary of his own life.

For further information and images of Kristinn’s work click HERE

Text: Elísabet Alma // Photography: Saga Sig

2017-03-03T06:47:53+00:00 December 11th, 2016|The Artist|0 Comments